I’ve been running at lunch almost every day, enjoying the gorgeous fall days and soaking up as much sunlight as I can since it is officially pitch dark when I leave the house in the morning and again when I arrive home after work. [depressing]
Unfortunately today looks dreary and rainy, but that won’t stop me… at least it’s not dark!
But I digress…
Every single time I run at lunch, I run the same route. There’s an 8K version which is a large square, or a 6K version where I take an different street to make it rectangular-ish.
Despite running these exact routes day in and day out, I don’t get tired of them. In fact, I enjoy the familiarity. There’s also a conveniently located community centre, which is always open, in case of pit stop emergencies.
I tend to run the same routes when running from home as well, having are a few favourites to choose from. It’s nice knowing exactly where to turn to add a mile here and there, or to cut short when necessary.
And of course, hubs and I both spend a great deal of time running on our local paved trails, mostly in the spring/summer/fall months. I’ll miss these trails this winter, when they are only partially cleared.
Fortunately I get a good taste of variety with long run routes, thanks to fantastic coaches who coordinate group runs and plan varied routes for us every weekend, even between clinics. (Next one starts up January 20th!)
Are you a creature of habit when it comes to your running routes, or do you try to mix things up?