Do You Have a Standard Running Loop?

Four miles. At my beach. In a light rain. Listening to the waves.

Somebody please turn on the “Heaven is a Place on Earth” song! : )

Oh, hello old friends:

pb gu

(Actually I kind of forgot how much I don’t like Gu. I can tolerate PB but they are all soooo sweet. One was necessary last night since I didn’t have anything else to eat before my run.)

Ahhhh, it felt soooo good to be back to running at the beach AND my ankle didn’t experience any pain or soreness! : )

About a month ago Tony Krupicka (one of my fave ultra runners) shared a link to a blog post by Jeff Edmonds about runners and our habits when it comes to favorite routes.

“Runners are generally creatures of habit. We have our standard loop, our daily schedule, and we stick to it more or less. Though they always sounds nice in theory, runners know that exploratory runs in new directions or in different cities are fundamentally disruptive to the training schedule. We prefer to know every inch of our path; it makes getting around it easier mentally.”

I really have to agree with Jeff. I love my beach loop. I love that even without my Garmin I know where all the mile markers. I love knowing that my path will be uninterrupted by cars or bikers once I get down there. I love that I can run on autopilot and relax my mind without having to think “should I turn here/cross here/go further/turn around?”

This was especially true when I was training for the half marathon. I ran the same route every single run – sometimes I ran a shorter distance and other times I ran longer, but always the same route.

During my long runs knowing the route so well helped me mentally. I would know things like, “okay now that I’m at this hotel I know I only have 2 miles to go before I turn around.”

I like routines in general though… they are comforting.

Do you run the same route all the time or are you always exploring new paths?

Do you like routines or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants? : )

Random but have you tried Barnanas and are they good?Β 

-I just found out about them and am wondering if I should buy them.



  1. November 21, 2013 / 7:43 am

    One single loop would drive me crazy. So…I have a decent 3 mile loop, a 5 mile, a 7 mile loop and a 10-11 mile loop. Different loops for different days! Some days I know what loop I am going to take; other days I just go with what I feel like!

    • November 22, 2013 / 2:26 pm

      I think I would like different loops for different days, but I live in a downtown area so I’m very limited in places I can run without having to stop at a stop lights every 5 seconds.

      I do have a small 2 mile loop at a small park near my house that I use sometimes for shorter runs.

  2. Nicole
    November 21, 2013 / 9:09 am

    I definitely like my 2 mile loop, but on tough running days it’s hard to realize that I struggled through the first 2 miles and now have to loop around again haha. My coworker and I have started running together though, so we’ve been exploring new paths in the city and it’s been fun to branch out πŸ™‚ Routines are always great in theory, but I’m more likely to just pick a random distance that day and run it than set up a schedule. I’ve never heard of barnanas, but the chocolate ones look really good! Glad you’re back to running pain-free:)

    • November 22, 2013 / 2:28 pm

      Haha exactly! I used to always run a 2 mile loop at my local park but it got so boring as my long runs got longer. That’s awesome that you are running with your co-worker now! I wish all of my running friends didn’t live so far away so we could run together!

  3. November 21, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    Hooray for running again!!!

    I have many set loops I can rely on, but sometimes I get really bored and need to mix it up!

    • November 22, 2013 / 2:29 pm

      You are lucky to have many set loops! I think if I didn’t find stopping at lights every 5 seconds so annoying I would try to branch out more… maybe. I like my loop a lot πŸ™‚

  4. November 21, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    Yay! Your ankle is healed! So happy for you.

    I have a couple of main routes that I alternate between. Love your comment about uninterrupted running bliss once you get there – exactly how I feel about a river that I like to run beside.

    So, at risk of sounding like a non-runner, haha, what are Barnanas? (using my standard excuse of being out of the loop, so to speak, ie. we don’t get much running news over here!)

    Cheers, Lou.

    • November 22, 2013 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you! : )

      You are not out of the loop at all. Barnanas aren’t really a runner thing (though I think they could be). They are just a little banana snack: No stores sell them near where I live so I would need to order them online … but I haven’t heard any reviews from anyone on if they are good or not.

  5. November 26, 2013 / 3:47 pm

    I have a few routes that I interchange, but every now and then I love trying something completely new. I usually head out with a route in mind, but sometimes I’ll switch mid-run if the mood moves me.