Running—most people, including me love running. It’s one of the most convenient ways to lose weight and stay fit. In most cases, you just lace up your running shoes, head out your front door and you know, start running until you can.
If you are planning to run on your local streets or sidewalks, be extra careful with route that has less traffic and wide road or sidewalks.
And be 100% sure to follow safety precautions for running outside, like running in the opposite direction of traffic, it’s important that you practice good running etiquette and are courteous to the other cyclist, runners, and walkers
When you running on roads, you can use an app called MapMyRun to record your route and measure it. This site also provides saved routes from other runners near your location, so you can browse through them and try some new routes. Or you can always drive your route in your car and measure the mileage using your car’s odometer, simple right?
You can also consult some of your runner friend or a running club and join their groups.
I mean, the more the merrier! Plus you can have someone to talk to while you run.
But if you prefer running alone, you could always do that too, you will at least get new routes from them. Your local running shop is also a great source to ask for some new routes. Ask for their suggestion for some local running routes you can try.
You may learn about parks and recreation facilities that you didn’t even know existed if you’re lucky you might find a nearby dirt hiking or running trails you can try, this way it can be easier on you and your body than running on a concrete or asphalt. Of all the surfaces you can, the best surface to run on is the dirt path, followed by asphalt roads and then, concrete sidewalks.
Another safe, convenient option is the track at your local high school. Most high-school tracks are open to the public, and they’re also a softer surface, compared to asphalt and concrete. Most tracks are 400 meters (about 1/4 mile), so it’s easy for you to monitor your distance when you’re running on it. If you’re new to running on a track, here are some basic etiquette rules for track running.