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