Crafting Your Perfect Running Map
Running outside is always more interesting than running in your home on your treadmill, but truth is, it’s not that simple all the time. Even if you’re walking or cycling, a good route will make your exercise experience much more fun.
Here are tips that can help you map that perfect route:
Know What You Want
A Quick Rundown of Maps
What you want your running route boils down to personal preference. There are individuals who like trails, others would rather stay on pavements. Again, you decide which is which for you. If you’re a beginner, perhaps you’d like to keep inclines or elevation changes to a minimum. If you like trails over pavement, you may have to look for options in public parks or outside your city.
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Explore Other People’s Routes
Depending on your location, you may be able to benefit from the work of other people as you try to find a new running route. There are several solid options you can search through. Using a running map app, it’s easy to look around a ton of crowd-sourced routes based on such elements as distance, ascent, etc. If a dirt path is what you want, just key in the right keywords to get the right results. Also, you can find notes and ratings so you can choose safe areas.
Creating Your Own Route
If none of the suggestions above works, or you simply want to make a route that begins right at your doorstep, you can do that with a few nifty tools. First, with a smartphone, you can create a route using your installed route-mapping app. You can view your elevation details so you can see large hills and reroute as necessary. To construct your own map, you can usually just click your starting point and start tracing all the way to your planned destination. The distance will add up visibly on your screen, and you will be able to determine how far you’re going. If you’re uncertain where to begin from your house since there are no noticeable jogging or hiking paths nearby, you should go to Google Maps, key in one or two close addresses, and get biking directions. These will keep you off of main roads and lead you to specific paths. Use this info as your own running route.
Testing the Walk
Not even the world’s best mapping programs can prepare you for what you might actually actually run into out there. This is obviously optional, depending on how knowledgeable you are about the city; but as a non-local, it can prove helpful to test the path first so you don’t have to keep running while getting confused.