All Things Fitness: Exploring Where I Live

 

 

Exploring Where I Live - All Things Fitness - This and That Blog

When it comes to running I can get a little bit bored if I’m not running an interesting route. I need distractions. I need something to stop me from looking at the miles as they clock up. Without something interesting to look at I’m likely to run only a mile or two. So mixing up the running route is essential to me, especially when I’m half marathon training and need to up the miles each week. That’s where exploring where I live comes in.

Exploring Where I Live - All Things Fitness - This and That Blog

Recently I was back at home and we decided to mix up the running route on a crisp Sunday morning exactly for the reasons mentioned above. And what a brilliant run it was. Two hours later I’d run across the common, alongside a field of bright veggies, past the Wisley greenhouse, through Wisley itself, through muddy woods, alongside an icy river, along the canal and passed (and nosed at) many a gorgeous house. And the best part, I definitely did not feel like I’d been out and about for two hours – maybe an hour max.

 

 

Exploring Where I Live - All Things Fitness - This and That Blog

So it’s definitely worth remembering this and breaking out of your comfort zone on a run. You never know what you might discover as you explore your surroundings. After all I had no idea John Donne had lived near where I grew up, let alone that his house (top photo) was still there. Just think what you might discover as you distract yourself and clock up the miles. Do it!

– Fi x

  • Changing up the route is always a good option and the change of scenery is sometimes necessary!
    (Stopping over via travel Tuesday)

    • Agreed – it’s so much better to run somewhere different to usual and interesting. Thanks for stopping by. x

  • That is definitely interesting because to me running through somewhere beautiful (though there are obvious advantages) I think that it’s beauty lost of a bad moment…but that might be because I always feel like I’m dying when I’m running haha

    • Ha fair point! I try and use the pretty things to distract me from the near death feeling so don’t even associate the two. Or maybe I just run too slowly for it to be a bad association! x

  • I agree! If I have something interesting to look at and some good music, then my runs go a lot quicker. Although I also find that when I know my route I enjoy that too as I know where I should be after how many minutes etc, which also makes the running go quicker 🙂

    • That’s a really good point about a route you know well. I’ve never thought of it like that, possibly because I rarely ever do the same route twice! x

  • Holy yes. Lately, I’ve been so bored of all my usual running spots that I haven’t been able to bring myself to run! (also playing ultimate with the coworkers is just so much more fun). But scenery to me is everything. I don’t get treadmill runners because that’s all the worst parts of running without any of the good things!

    • I definitely agree with you about running on a treadmill. I can barely do one mile on those things – they drive me insane with boredom. There is literally nothing to do but think about how knackered you are! x