The sport of running and the city of Chicago are intertwined and seem like they will forever be. The city is host to the world-renowned marathon Chicago Marathon that attracts participants from all over the world. Every weekend, the city host running events, such as 5 kilometers and 10-kilometer races. If running is your passion, Chicago is the place to live. Aside from pure running, Chicago is host to the largest triathlon event in the U.S, which speaks a lot about the sporting culture in this city.
However, the attraction of running is not only about the races that you can engage in, while in Chicago. For those who take a little less competitive attitude towards running, you are also spoilt for choice in as far as running for fun is concerned.
The Best Way To Choose A Running Route
The attraction of running in this city stems from the huge amount of long routes that one can stretch their legs without running into vehicles. This makes running very safe and ultimately, very fun.
However, with all the choices available, choosing places to run in Chicago can be very difficult, to say the least. Herein is a guide on how to choose running routes that are not only interesting but also challenge your body.
1. Establishing your running needs
The very first things you need to take into account are your running needs. With this in mind, you need to establish elements such as the running length, the gradient choice or in other words the challenge of running and finally your sceneries choices/needs.
Sceneries may not seem to have a huge bearing on your overall choice of route but it’s important to establish them anyway. At the very least, the scenery on which you run in can help to create a relaxing atmosphere for you which is a very important part of running.
2. Sampling the various places to run in Chicago
After establishing your needs, you need to develop prospective running routes. There are tremendous ways to go about doing this. Among such ways is using Google Maps. You can also choose to use running blogs.
Owing to the love Chicago has for running, there are many running sites. Many of these blogs have reviews of the different routes you can take along with the level of challenge and level of fitness required to run along such routes.
Having acquainted yourself with the various routes, you need to correlate then to the level of challenge you want, and your level of fitness. You can learn about your fitness system. This will yield a narrowed down list of possible running routes and places.
After that, you need to sample the various routes in your shortlist. Although routes and places may have reviews, the best way to learn about them is to run on them. Sampling the routes one at a time will help you do exactly this.
Examples of running routes