Making your miles interesting

MOUNTAIN RUN

Lauren Moran has a solid idea I will steal, training at Stone Mountain for a half marathon (JOHN SPINK / AJC staff)

Earlier this week, the topic was parks. And that’s a good place for me to start this entry. My runs are starting to get boring.

Every time I run (absent when I am not here), I head out from my house and trek through my neighborhood. My route is usually the same, or at the very least very similar to the route I always take (right now a three-mile loop). I need to break the boredom. I need to find new places to run.

Parks generally give you a nice place to run, something somewhat scenic and break up the monotony of your typical run. But you have to plan ahead and get there. You can’t step out your door and just go. You have to drive to run. Still, I am thinking Stone Mountain for my first running excursion in Atlanta. From there, I might check out some other suggested parks.

Beyond parks, I think my runs could use some livening up. I don’t like the idea of having to go too far – driving 30 minutes to run four miles doesn’t make much sense to me. How do I make things interesting? What are the best ways to break out from your neighborhood (although I am excited about this weekend’s Brookhaven Bolt 5K following much of my usual loop) and where should I explore? And is this problem unique to me or do all you runners out there (training for the AJC Peachtree, of course) suffer from runners’ boredom?

Running around Stone Mountain during the laser show would be interesting, but maybe a little too dark. (Special)

Running around Stone Mountain during the laser show would be interesting, but maybe a little too dark. (Special)

6 comments Add your comment

Runner

May 14th, 2011
11:50 am

I own 10 acres on a river which is 7 miles from my existing home, so I run to the land occasionally and meet my wife there for a “treat”.

Gen Neyland

May 15th, 2011
5:52 am

90% of all my runs are done from my rural front door. I have nearly zero traffic to speak of, no concrete sidewalks and a county park apx 3 miles from home with an asphalt 1/4 mile oval. Also, there is a .6 tenth mile hll with a healthy degree of difficulty 800 yards from the house that can be run on or off the road. Although I spend much time running close to home, I practically never bore of the scenery. Nature always offers up something new to see…

Deanna

May 15th, 2011
8:26 am

I’ve just been running out and back on Peachtree Street. I wish there were some more scenic areas to run intown. Piedmont Park is OK, but when you start doing nine and ten mile runs, you don’t just want to do a million laps in the park.

Lis

May 17th, 2011
11:28 am

While training for the GA half, the boyfriend and I managed to get pretty creative with runs in town. One of our fave ideas was to take Marta out and then run home. This took a little planning, but not much.

Another great area was around Fernbank.

While training for our full in the fall we plan to do theme/scavenger runs. IE: pass as many educational institutions as we can in 10 miles, find the most McDonalds in a given area. These are fun for the long slow distance runs and help us pass the time.

Ryne

May 17th, 2011
3:19 pm

While still relatively new to running around my apartment. I will purposely take a wrong turn onto a street I have not been on before just to see where it leads, though runs become considerably longer when that happens.

mattborenstein

May 17th, 2011
9:00 pm

Lis, I really like those ideas. I live next to a MARTA station, but unfortunately, it’s right on Peachtree. And other than July 4 for the AJC Peachtree, Peachtree seems to be an awful street to run on (although many people do). For another sponsor plug and maybe to test your counting skills, finding Waffle Houses on a long run could be fun. Which Fernbank do you run around – the museum, the science center or the paved trail through Fernbank Forest? I did recently head to some urban nature and run on a trail around a neighborhood lake. It was fun, but either my legs were tired or not used to the dirt. I was slow. I still have Stone Mountain, the Chattahoochee and now Fernbank Forest/Fernbank area on my list of place to explore. And maybe a trip on MARTA, too. Thanks for the ideas, y’all.