Which is more enjoyable? Country or City running?

United States
September 29, 2009 10:21pm CST
I think there are benefits and enjoyable points in each setting. But I think presently I prefer running in town! That's huge for a nature buff like me!I like the country because I find it prettier and more refreshing to the eyes (and lungs). However, in the country there are no leash laws so I have found dealing with people's dogs quite a nuisance! In the city there are usually marked trails or at least sidewalks which make running a little easier. It is also more difficult to try to find time in my schedule to run in the country as it is dark in the early mornings (when I really like to run) and then gets dark early at night. Since there are no streetlights it is not even thinkable to run at night. However, in the city there are usually well lit areas which within reason make it easy to find time to run! Which do you prefer?
3 responses
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
1 Oct 09
If I am just running for fun and not specifically as a training exercise, I like the trails because I always see something cool. But if I want to practice a run at a faster pace, I definitely prefer the streets! I run fastest on the streets, and then the track is also great for speed workouts. I've actually run into more dogs in the streets than on trails. We have leash laws but a lot of people don't obey them. Thankfully, I'm pretty good at animal handling so I'm pretty confident that I could restrain a loose dog until someone could come and retrieve it. The days are getting shorter here too, so I end up running in the dark a lot. That's when I like the track, it's lit!
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• United States
1 Oct 09
I am thinking that there are advantages to both! I did run in town yesterday but this evening I was back on the country roads. Both places it seems traffic is a hassle! But I enjoy the scenery here in the country. In town it's flatter and like you said I can do speed work!
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
2 Oct 09
Yeah, traffic can be a hassle. In a group when we do hill repeats, I feel pretty safe. But I want to do some hill repeats on my own now that we aren't doing them anymore as a group. And I'm afraid of being hit because most of the hills around here people drive so quickly and may not see me.
@syndibee (799)
• United States
6 Oct 09
I only have experience with running around my neighborhood. I like that I have a 1.5 mile loop around my house and I can make my bathroom pit stops when necessary, or I can wear a jacket for the first 1.5 miles then shed it and throw it onto my car. I don't think I'll be trying any trail running until spring. It just feels like it would be an entirely different beast and I'm just not ready for that yet.
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• United States
6 Oct 09
Thanks for sharing. I found a pretty good route here in the country without dogs! Plus it's getting cooler and they are most likely inside now! I would like to try trail running at some point. I guess i think it might be harder on the joints though! I had a loop like that one place where I stayed for awhile. It was nice.
@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
City has paved roads and country dusty. I prefer city running with a lot of nature, that's why I run on city parks in the early morning. No traffic, clean paved roads, and fresh air.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
Sounds like a perfect plan to me!! I do like the parks in town. When I started running I was in a very small town so even though it was "city" running, it was very rural so had that country feel. It was nice and I have had a difficult time finding enjoyable places to run since then.