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JAMIEBOYD328 SparkPoints: (9,077)
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4/21/14 9:06 A

I have like 10 routes and I choose them at random every times.

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (285,038)
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4/21/14 8:49 A


CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
4/19/14 2:40 P

switch it up

HEALER1 Posts: 1,145
4/18/14 8:41 P

I like running new routes, but in the interest of time and ability to fit running into my schedule; I mostly run the same routes by my house.

ZURICHMAN SparkPoints: (1,775)
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4/15/14 1:44 P

I love doing long distance cycling. Yesterday I did my normal 50 mile loop and wanted to do 2 loops. I got buzzed so many times by construction tri-axle and double axle dump trucks I couldn't do the route the second time but had to do a modified loop to get my 100 mile ride in. I will have to do this route over for my safety.

enjoy the journey

MARTHA324 Posts: 6,085
4/15/14 1:39 P

I like variety. I walk around the office park and have several routes that I'll follow. Same at home. I track my walks with my pedometer and just want to get at least 10,000 steps/day

BOGO13 SparkPoints: (1,798)
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4/15/14 12:58 P

Once I start a route that I like and is the perfect distance, I tend to run that often to better my times. Seeing how fast you come up to a land mark when it previously took you longer is a great feeling. I live by the beach so I also tend to run along the water since it's so serene and allows me to focus on other things besides running, which makes a long run go by quicker for me! When I want to go for a long run and not really time myself, I like to go on a different route and explore different runs I can do in the's always nice to switch up the scenery as well.

KNEEMAKER SparkPoints: (104,729)
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4/9/14 7:29 P


DKURTZ Posts: 3
4/9/14 4:04 P

It is a challenge. I live in a pretty boring neighborhood and basically all you can do is go one direction, turn around, and come back, or go the opposite direction, turn around, and come back. Get's old real quick. To get variety and be able to do a 'loop' I've got to do some travelling. Sometimes it's easier to get motivated for that than at other times. And schedules sometimes work against it. There are a number of nature areas I like to go to, but they all close after a certain hour (usually 7pm or sundown, whichever comes first) so if I work late I'm stuck with the sidewalks.

Now, when I work downtown in Chicago, it's a different story. Because it's laid out in a grid, it's real easy to know how far you've gone, regardless of the precise route you take. For example, it's half a mile from the train station to my company's office. Or two blocks by 5. There's about half a dozen different combinations of corners I can turn in that distance.

But, half mile not being ideal for a workout, I actually start out in the OPPOSITE direction and cover a certain number of blocks that do not lead directly to the destination. What makes this fun is that I can calculate a virtual mid-point and then I can follow any route that gets me to the EQUIVALENT of that point! For example, I calculated that if I walk away from my destination (it works the same in either direction) as far as the southeast corner of Madison and LaSalle streets, and then turn and walk to my destination from there, I've covered a measured mile. And, since everything's a grid, it doesn't matter which combination of rights and lefts I take to get to and from there.

But now here's the beauteous part! I don't actually need to go to that corner! I just need to get to the equivalent of that corner, which means that I so long as I at least touch the south side of Madison street and the east side of LaSalle, anywhere along my route (and I don't do kitty-corners or shortcuts through plazas and office building lobbies) then I've covered the measured distance! My route otherwise can be totally spontaneous: do I want to walk this block along the river, or would I rather keep out of the wind? Do I go straight or turn right at this intersection? Which direction has the walk signal? Ah, right it is.

Alas, my work has me working months at a time in the suburbs. Next week I start an 8-month engagement out there. I will no longer be able to conveniently get my steps in by simply walking to and from work. I must find the time to make it to my spots, or resign myself to trudging back and forth in front of my house.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,456
4/9/14 1:34 A

Yeah, apart from the obvious changes in route depening on target distance, I also have a couple of routes that are much hillier, versus those that are flatter.


ZURICHMAN SparkPoints: (1,775)
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4/8/14 11:44 P

Ok I'm a cyclist and have a normal 30-35 mile training loop. At the beginning of the season I like to ride it and see my time average/speed differences to see what kind of shape I'm in. After awhile though it gets very boring. Today when I rode it the wind was blowing like crazy which affects your riding. I decided to take a different route and ride with a tailwind for 10+ miles on a different route. It was one of my most fun rides of the season. You could wear a hear rate monitor to check to see how your are progressing during the season.

Good luck on your journey.

Edited by: ZURICHMAN at: 4/8/2014 (23:44)
KNEEMAKER SparkPoints: (104,729)
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4/8/14 10:52 P

switch it up

GRACILU Posts: 466
4/8/14 10:31 P

switch it up

BROB1970 Posts: 8
4/8/14 10:01 P

I have a couple of routes that I really like and use often, but I also like mixing it up some every now an dthen

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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4/8/14 9:57 P

Like Zorbs, I have a few basic routes that I rotate through, and a couple of variations on those basics. I find that if I stick with the exact same route for too long, I get so sick of it that I stop running it altogether.

GZELLEFRO SparkPoints: (88,923)
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4/8/14 9:05 P

I change things up so I don't get bored, but also because a different route will challenge your muscles in slightly different ways too. emoticon

FITWITHIN Posts: 26,002
4/8/14 7:55 P

I'm always changing things up, so I don't get bored.

TANITHSEH1011 Posts: 217
4/8/14 10:56 A

I like the idea of switching it up just to challenge myself differently. Maybe a new route will have a hill I am not used to, or some twists and turns which will work my body differently. It is hard to say, we are all different.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,693)
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4/7/14 11:32 P

I have about 10 different favourite core routes, but if I do the same one twice in a week, or the same long run route more than 2 weeks in a row I get very twitchy.

edited to add: I use trackers where I can see my pace progression over time on the same route, but I am at a place in my running where beating my pace from last week etc is not reasonable. Not every run is a race. In fact, most runs I run very slowly compared to race pace.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 4/7/2014 (23:33)
4/7/14 10:55 P

When you're out walking or running, do you run the same route or change things up every now and then? I find that when I do the same route, I motivate myself to beat my time from the previous day. Whereas if I run a different route, unmapped until home, I tend to push myself farther than an already mapped/known route. Both challenge me in different ways. Which do you like?

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