I have always been a runner. I can attest to the fact that running offers all kinds of benefits to well-being.
As a youth, I was one of the faster guys in track and baseball and tennis. I became more serious and disciplined about running itself in college. I ran some marathons in my twenties and have continued to run some distance regularly to this day. My knees are not as forgiving as they were when I was younger so I limit myself to about 3-5 miles these days. This past winter I experimented with a series of short, fast sprints since the amount of daylight I had available after work was scarce. Sprinting offers some benefits over running.
But this time of year I can run every day if I choose. Often my schedule does not allow it but I try to run 4-5 times each week. Since I live in the countryside I simply run along the roads near my property. There is very little traffic to worry about. Sometimes when I run on Sunday mornings there is no traffic at all, which is a tranquil way to enjoy all this space.
So, I thought I'd share my running route with you.
|The starting line, so to speak. The road at the end of my driveway, facing north. There is a very slight rise in the distance.|
|From the top of the rise I continue on to the intersection of another road.|
|I make a left turn at the intersection and run through the shade of some beautiful old oak trees that line the road. There is a small hill in the distance. We are facing west.|
|From the top of that hill it is a straight shot through some open pasture.|
|The road curves near a second intersection. I turn around at that point, which is roughly 1.5 miles from my house.|
|At the turnaround point. Facing east now.|
|And I run back through the wonderful open pasture space toward the hill again.|
|At the top of the hill facing east back through the line of old oak trees.|
|Then I make a right turn back onto the road by my house.|
|From the top of the small rise looking back toward where my driveway connects with the road. This little 3/10's of a mile stretch is where I often do my sprinting.|