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Choosing a Walking or Running Route

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  • 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. - 9/23/2016 4:51:40 PM
  • 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. - 4/16/2016 7:07:43 AM
  • 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. - 4/4/2016 3:07:03 PM
  • 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. - 2/2/2016 11:00:49 AM
  • 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. - 1/16/2016 10:57:35 PM
    Yeh You are Right - 4/14/2015 11:17:17 PM
  • 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. - 7/6/2014 4:08:10 PM
    One thing missing in this article is bathrooms! I can carry plenty of water with me and seats are pretty easy to come by (even the ground works in a pinch), but I make sure all my routes have plenty of bathroom stops available. Nothing kills the enjoyment of a walk faster than a full bladder with no relief in sight! - 6/27/2014 6:07:03 PM
  • HILLSLUG98239
    Few runners run on the sidewalks because concrete is harder on the joints than asphalt. I alternate between each side of the road because the surface isn't flat; the road crowns in the center, which means whichever leg is closer to the center of the road is a little "shorter." Switching between the two sides of the roads evens out the stress on the knees.

    BUT - I never run wearing headphones, I keep my ears "open" listening for cars, in low light I wear light colored clothing and something retroreflective, and I recognize it's my responsibility to be as visible as possible. I know how much it upsets me to get "spooked" by someone who's wearing dark clothing and who doesn't appear to take their own safety seriously. - 6/11/2014 8:05:24 PM
  • "use sidewalks whenever possible" husband (DH) says that on his very early AM trips to work (dark out), he frequently comes close to joggers on the roads where there ARE sidewalks. They are running WITH traffic, and he feels like they are setting themselves up to get hit. What's the deal???!

    Out here on the rural roads, there are no shoulders, just ditches. It really isn't possible to get off the road every time a car goes by. Cars don't much give a care if there is a car going both ways. -- I find that walking with nordic poles seems to cause the cars to move over and give me space. - 4/5/2014 10:42:26 PM
  • Portland Oregon has the Waterfront, has lot of Parks. some with Walking Trails and other places to walk. Get our and Enjoy the Nice Weather this Summer. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    - 6/13/2013 6:10:41 AM
  • I have a lovely park with all the things mentioned...changing seasons, a lake, a river (with a walking bridge across it), lots of people to chat with, and it is just a 2 mile bike ride away. - 10/21/2012 11:20:11 PM
  • The article had many interesting tips. I live out in the country so to pick scenic routes to walk would mean me driving. I live on a street that is several miles long, flat & hilly that I can walk on when I don't have time to go somewhere. - 10/21/2012 6:41:55 PM
  • I used to try walking 'every day' but found that I kept postponing throughout the day 'til it was too late!!! Then I joined a MEETUP group and now have walking buddies - sure makes the walk enjoyable. We walk daily at 8:30 am for an hour - home by 9:45. Also found a Meetup Nordic group and walk on Saturday morning with them.

    There are many meetup groups out there - or maybe start you own!

    - 10/21/2012 2:02:08 PM
    I have been trying to find when you first start walking how long do I wakling for??? - 9/11/2012 10:42:47 PM

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