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Choosing a Walking or Running Route

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  • BILLTHOMSON
    I have a lakeside road close by and like to run this route, get the added bonus of a view.
  • BILLTHOMSON
    There is a church close to me and located by a lake with a mammoth parking lot. I use this to walk/run and to meditate at the same time, three days a week.
  • Only thing I would add is: if you are taking a dog (or two), make sure the route is dog friendly, bring clean up bags, scout out garbage cans along the way and bring a bowl (our dog had a collapsible silicone bowl that hooks to the leash. Practice the dog with leash training and leave aggressive dogs at home. As summer comes make sure the paved trails are not too hot on their paws.

  • DARMSTRON4
    Great article especially with the reminder about safety.
  • Safety should be the number 1 priority in this day and age.
  • Good article great information .
  • I live in a rural area. I go walking with my daughter and my dog, but it is a pain having to deal with ticks. I hate the little buggers. My husband got really sick, and I can't help to wonder if one of these little buggers was the cause.

    When we don't feel like dealing with the ticks, we just head out to the schools track. Not as scenic, but it is worth not having to deal with ticks. At least with winter coming up, we can use the scenic route again.
  • I live in hilly Frankston a beach side area of Melbourne. I run down to the beach via a reserve filled with trails, bridges and stairs. I meet my wife often for a coffee at the end of my run at the beach. When I am feeling like a challenge I make a circuit of it by running back home. It is a challenging 50 minute + run. I love the run for its variety of road, bush and sea.
  • i live on a lake in a rural area. i have pretty much two route choices when I go out my door - north or south! The road is asphalt with no sidewalks or shoulders, but at least there is little traffic (except for summer weekends). There are a number of hills, so that puts some challenge into it. The best part is the lake view, the birds, and the occasional deer or fox.
  • For some reason I enjoy walking on rocky, uneven trails. I think it's the concentration needed to pick routes through the rock. I do use a walking stick on rocky and steep trails.
  • I enjoy walking period, but choosing a bridge to walk is awesome as you know the length you will be walking, the steep hill on both sides along with not having much traffic to cause you to stop in your tracks for lights to change. I will start hitting the bridge along with different terrains other than in the home.
  • MANISHVSHAH
    Yeh You are Right
  • The community where I live is remote without much traffic. My best part of my walking route is through the park where the walkways are rubbery. Wonderfully bouncy. My main concern is always animals that could present danger. No bathrooms though and if I need to I can go in the bush but prefer not to.

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