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Choosing a Walking or Running Route
On the Road to Fitness
8/15/2011 8:55:02 AM
I would really like to see safety emphasized more in this article. I frequently run before dawn or around dusk in the summer months when it's too hot to run during the day. I have a reflective vest and wear Road ID in case of an accident. Drivers are frequently not careful and no matter who has the right of way, a human body will not win in a battle with a car. So please stay safe and enjoy yourselves out there!!!
Two days ago we had a terrible experience on a very narrow country road with a walker who was walking WITH the traffic inside the white line on edge of road. As DH attempted to go around person, vehicle came very fast in opposite direction, around a curve and down a grade. There was no choice but to get back in our lane, hit brakes and horn simultaneously, but the walker never flinched and elbow hit our right side mirror, shattering it. Of course we stopped, but the walker would not talk to us and kept right on walking, holding elbow. We traveled several more miles before spotting a sheriff to report incident. We were in a low area where cell phones did not work. I won't go into the rest of the details but want to emphasize: ALWAYS WALK AGAINST THE TRAFFIC, NEVER WITH IT!!! I walk country roads and ALWAYS get off the road completely when a vehicle comes by. I even stop until they are gone.
Before I tore my ACL I was able to walk around Lake Arlington - north of Winsor and Palatine Roads in Arlington Heights Illinois. I believe it is a man made lake that has a walking/bike paved path that is about 2 miles around. There are benches. I would love to try and go around this summer but I am afraid of falling down. I will find a buddy to go with me when I am ready.
I live in two places. My own is a beautiful small baroque Swiss city (meaning about 30 000 inhabitants haha) and it has a river you see loads of people bike and jogg along... There's beautiful woods and quiet neighbourhoods nearby. My bf's place is a town close to Basel and within 5 min you're in the woods, in the countryside or in a beautiful park with pond and art deco buildings. I've just started running and being in such nice places really helps me wanting to be outside... I do listen to music but there's little to no traffic where I run and I switch the ipod off whenever I get to a street.
3/10/2011 9:38:28 AM
The road where I live winds through cattle pastures and farmland...my morning jog is as beautiful as it is tiring!
I see alot of people walking in the am in my neighborhood, but with the commuters and all the cars on the road, the exhaust is too much for me. I wait until the afternoon or 11 am or so and the exhaust has left to walk. Breathing in all that car exhaust made me feel ill. Then at 4 or so the traffic comes back. California suburbs are a different place.
12/5/2010 11:09:23 AM
One thing I didn't see in the safety tips in this article is "Do NOT wear headphones." It's very tempting: it makes the minutes go faster and it's fun. But it's just not worth the risk. It's unfortunate but true that we live in times when we have to be aware of our surroundings at all times, whether it's someone coming up behind us on foot or a turning car. With those ear buds in our heads we're not completely tuned in to what's going on around us.
We live way out in the county and walking is a must.The closest town is fifteen miles away.I used to walk all the time but in the last few?years I stopped.Our terrain out here is total rocks and very hard to navigate in but a person can still walk up on the gravel road that goes to the main road.I just don't have the motivation to walk anymore but it is wonderful exercise anyway.
11/1/2010 12:51:48 PM
A previous comment warned about thieves... A good warning! Near our home is a wonderful walking trail, and the parking area is a "crime area" for thieves. Never leave your valuables in your parked car.
good morning, I just did another route this morning and I added another 1/2 mile to my walk. Great & cooler temps also I had walked 2 miles-1/2 some days,this morning it is 3. It makes me feel great.. Also seeing different streets in my neighborhood. blessings on your walks too, Debbie
8/10/2010 10:27:00 AM
I carry water for myself, plus small snack when planning a longer (5-8 mile walk). When taking my pup out I have her drink every 15-20 min.
We vary our routes and enjoy the sites and different inclines!
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