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Choosing a Walking or Running Route

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  • 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.
  • It'd be great to walk to the Park & Ride...3 miles but there aren't sidewalks most of the way. And biking would be treacherous too... I need a more pedestrian and Bike -friendly city! :D!H
  • 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.
    The road where I live winds through cattle pastures and morning jog is as beautiful as it is tiring!
  • Where I live, you never leave home without a water bottle!!
    We have had walkers beaten while on designated running paths in the "good part of town"
    my sub division has no sidewalks and drivers run stop signs. Help
  • 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.
    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.
    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,
    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!
  • When it is too cold or windy outside, I walk the stairway up and down and get a lot of exercise this way.
    I live on the 11th floor.
  • Unfortunetly we are in the city and there are no parks near us. We have to literally get in the car and drive a least 7 miles to get a scenic or anything walk or run. It just seems counter prouctive to me. And, when I do walk the dog to the post office or the pharmacy etc. we are always afraid of the mastive's or pitt bulls around here. A German Shepherd last week jumped over the fence at both me and my dog....Scared the you know what out of us. I ask you what good is a fence if you can't keep your dog behind it?
  • trail running is incredible...the trees flying by makes me feel like a faster runner and the constant attention to balance and foot placement works my core.

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