The best thing about running is that you can literally put on your shoes, get yourself outside, and start running. But where you should run to? This seems to be a big question that holds people back from running places they are not too familiar with. Will the route I pick me a safe one? Will the route be challenging enough? Will there be a lot of traffic lights stopping me? Will I get lost? These are all valid questions and concerns. Hopefully, these four tips will help you find a route to run the next time you are in unfamiliar territory.
Chat with a Local
When traveling, locals can be your best friend and tool to find some of the best spots in town. Not only are they good for asking about local restaurants but you can probably make a good guess as to which people may know of some good running routes too.
Ask the Local Running Store
If you have the time, head over to the local running store. A local running store knows running and they know their town. They are most likely the best resource you can seek out.
Google, Run Meet-Ups
Trust in the power of Google. You can probably look up if there are running groups to see if there is a weekly run meet up. Also, sometimes athletic stores will have their own run meetups too. The power of Google should help you find a group if you are looking to run and meet some people at the same time.
Check out Map My Run
Map My Run isn’t just good for recording your running route. It is also a great tool for finding which routes are popular in a certain area. Take the time to look up the area and see which routes people run and what they think about them. You will easily find out difficulty, terrain, popularity, and annoyances about the route, etc.