Route planning can be one of the hardest things for me personally as a runner. There are so many things I need to think about when I am trying to figure out which route to take:
- Distance – How far am I planning to run this time?
- Toilet stops – I’ve had a baby so my pelvic floor muscles are not what they used to be. I can’t be more than 15 minutes from a toilet! Preferably under 5 if I’m totally honest. For this reason I tend to run a 2 mile loop in and out of the streets round my house. I’m never more than 10 minutes from one then…and I can be sure it isn’t grotty and horrible as well.
- Hills – I don’t live in the flattest of cities. I’m not saying that it’s awful but there are definitely some steep inclines. I try to avoid them….or go down them! I add the odd hill in if I’m on a shorter run or I’m feeling energetic!
- Safety – It sounds terrible but I am a woman and this does make me feel vulnerable sometimes. I love running along the canal but I obviously won’t do this at night time. If I’m running in the dark I also stick to well lit routes as well.
The great thing about running with today’s technology is that there’s are hundreds of different ways out there to plan a route and work out sitance and elevation before you even leave the house. I have tried a few but my personal favourite is Plot a Route . I just find it simple to use and it works well on a tablet. More often than not I plan my routes on the iPad so for me a good mobile site is essential.