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Paularun Pro 92 posts since
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Aug 10, 2011 1:06 PM

Driving to a run?



during the summer months I live near a perfect running area, a huge park. In fall/winter and spring it would take me 30 mins (running) to get there. I plan on going there by bike because I don't want to run in the streets where so many cars pollute the air.


How do you handle it? Do you start straight from the house-door. no matter how busy the traffic is on the road next to you?

Or do you even drive to a track by car?


I would love to get the picture, how you arrive at your running track - be it a track, a park or on the road.

  • Terranss Legend 268 posts since
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    1. Aug 10, 2011 1:16 PM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    If the place where you run is as beautiful as you describe, it's definitely worth driving or biking to get there.  I'm lucky enough to live within a couple miles of several great running trails and a high school track, so I'm happy just walking out the door and heading out to them on foot.  Living in Southern California, I have no choice but to deal with cars and pollution.  Most of the places I run are either roads, or accessible by roads, so facing traffic is a given.


    Given a choice, I'd avoid the cars, for sure!  Good luck, and happy running!

  • Julie Ann Hackett Legend 226 posts since
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    2. Aug 10, 2011 1:23 PM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    I like to vary my runs so sometimes I just walk out the door and go for it.  Sometimes I'll drive to a particular spot because I want a change of scenery.  The track is close enough that I can do my warmup run on the way there.  If I need to do a bike ride and a run and I could find a good place to bike to, lock up my bike and go for my run, I'd do that.  I don't think it matters how you get to your run, just that you keep running someplace that makes you want to run more!

  • Terranss Legend 268 posts since
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    4. Aug 11, 2011 9:21 AM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    I traveled to Vienna in December of 2004, and while it was chilly it didn't rain the whole time I was there.  I wasn't running back then, but I remember how beautiful everything was out there, even in wintertime.  If I could go back there as a runner, I'd have a blast.


    ...You know what I would do first of all, is go back and run the trails in Badn at the edge of the Vien Wald--so beautiful!

  • Leadville Fan Pro 177 posts since
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    5. Aug 11, 2011 12:32 PM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    I normally leave from home and run out on the streets, using the first few blocks to warm up.


    When I have a specific workout to do I drive to the gym (20 minutes each way).


    I normally don't run on busy streets, but when I do, I choose ones with a sidewalk and run on that.  When I'm at my parents' place in the country, I run along the highway with very little of a shoulder and run smartly/defensively with a knowledge of whose around me and with an earbud in only one ear so I can hear the animals and cars/vehicles as they approach  behind me--I run against hte traffic, wear bright colored tops, but once I was running down the hill, I heard the car coming over the hill I had just climbed and then I hear something that freaked. me. out.  a car passed the other one just as it was getting to me.  No real time to react to that!   I just kept hearing the cars and thinking it was closer than it should have been--and edged my way over to the shoulder a little more.   Out of state jerk who was using the backroad as a speedway.


    I also always run with my cell phone and Road ID.



    ETA: I'd definitely drive to run the grounds shown in your photos!  

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  • LPARafael Pro 166 posts since
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    6. Aug 11, 2011 1:06 PM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    Guess I am lucky to have a few places in which to run close enough to me.  I can run in my neighborhood for shorter runs, 3-4 miles.  There is a big park two miles away which has a walking/running path around it that is almost 1.5 miles in distance and has a marker every quarter mile from mile 0 to 1.25 miles - throw in a small loop around a parking lot and it's exactly 1.5 miles.  I usually run to this location, so right away I have to run at least four miles, plus any laps around the park I decide to do.


    About 8 miles away is the beach and along the coast there is a running/bike path that goes for dozens of miles.  Many different running clubs and high school/junior college running teams have painted mile markers on the path so you gotta pick which one to follow.  I do have to drive to this location before I run as I am still a beginner runner in my opinion.  The track workouts are at the high school about a half mile from the beach so idrive there too.

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  • ManikSona Expert 55 posts since
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    7. Aug 11, 2011 2:02 PM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    I'm also lucky enough to live in an area that allows me to run straight from my door.  Some of my longer runs sometimes take me on roads, but I just run against traffic so I always know what's coming at me and stay to the shoulder.  I think you would be fine running to your destination.   A lot of races are done in populated areas with traffic.

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  • RunningQueen26 Expert 43 posts since
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    8. Aug 11, 2011 3:55 PM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    I am lucky I live in a City that has lots of walking/running trails.  I have a 5 minute walk to two trails.  I usually run both.  I only have to cross a couple of streets and rarely see any traffic.  I like it because they have wide very level sidewalks.  One is around a park with grass fields the other is a lake.  The lake is my favorite but the park is all flat. I do think I'm going to drive to a walking path soon that is about two miles away.  I want a change of scenery.   

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  • growlerius Pro 74 posts since
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    9. Aug 11, 2011 6:38 PM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    I'm happy to say I live about 100 yards from a railroad cut that was torn up and converted into a paved bike trail.  It goes straight through our little town, is about 6.5 miles in length and mostly cuts through wooded areas with a few hills and bridges.  I'm just about done with C25K, and even this lovely trail is getting a little stale, so I'm looking into driving to some local state parks for longer distances.

  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
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    10. Aug 11, 2011 8:24 PM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    During the week, I run in the early morning before work, and time is short. I'm happy to just head out the front door and run around my neighborhood. Fortunately I live in a safe suburb with relatively little traffic. My neighborhood is almost entirely rolling hills - very little flat ground - most of the streets are about 2-3% inclines, and some significantly higher - so I get plenty of hill training. During the summer, the air is also reasonably clean in the early morning, which is helpful since I live just north of Los Angeles.

    On weekends, when I have a little more time, I may drive to find some flat ground (the nearest flat area is about 3 miles away), or to the gym if I want to use the treadmill for some reason (about 7 miles away).

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  • NancyLFreeman Legend 243 posts since
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    11. Aug 12, 2011 12:15 PM (in response to crl8686)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    Paularun, what a beautiful park! You must really enjoy running there!

    I live in Arizona, where everything is miles away from everything else. There’s a park about 5 miles from my house that I often drive to, built along an old river course. It’s very green with ponds, a nice paved path, and olive and eucalyptus trees. It attracts a lot of water birds like herons and Canada geese, as well as odd human “birds” – roller bladers, disc golfers, some of the weirdest bicycles I’ve ever seen, etc.

    This time of year though it gets hot so early that I don’t want to waste time driving anywhere – I just step out my door and “go”. I live in the suburbs and like to run along the canals and smaller streets. I don’t like the major streets as well because there’s so much traffic – it’s probably not dangerous as long as I stay on the sidewalk, but all that noise makes me jumpy.



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    12. Aug 12, 2011 8:11 PM (in response to Paularun)
    Re: Driving to a run?

    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.  I live in a rural area, so I just walk out my door and go. There are several optional back country roads to take, so I'm able to switch up my runs quite a bit. I also like to run in town w/ friends, so sometimes I do that for a change, but it is a bit of an inconvenience to have to deal w/ traffic and traffic lights.

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