I had an easy 3 mile run on the schedule Tuesday morning but because it’s now super dark in the morning when I wake up and get going, I wanted to try a new route that keeps me in well-lit, public spaces. When running early in the morning, it’s really important to be smart and stay safe. There aren’t a whole lot of people out and about yet, so you can’t zone out and fall into your own little world when running at 5:30am. Running in the morning doesn’t do you any good if you’re not safe!
This is the route I took (thanks for the map DailyMile!)
I started at my usual point, ran along the water, then up Broadway, around City Hall Park, back towards the water and finished in a small park near our building. I have mixed feelings about this route.
- Safer in the dark
- Nice to mix things up
- More hills than my usual route
- More people to dodge
- Have to contend with traffic lights and construction
- Loud trucks and cars
So, I guess there are as many pros and cons about the new route and it evens out. I know the safety factor trumps the smelly trash on the sidewalks and having to dodge people on their way to/from work or the bar. At least fewer people honk their horns at that time of day!
Today I tried another version of this route to add on another mile. I don’t mind running the streets too much, but I much prefer to run along the water or in the park. It’s just more relaxing.
- Do you change your route depending on what time of day you run?
- What do you prefer? City streets, parks, or rural roads for your runs?
- What safety precautions do you take when you run?
Yesterday’s workout -
- 40min stationary bike
- 2x20 seated row
- ab exercises
Today’s workout -
- 4mile run
- ab exercises