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How to Pick a Jogging Route
1. From flat-foot shuffler to light-step burner, the first principle: Score variety, both in terms of types of terrain (hard-park earth, asphalt and, yeah, concrete) and scenery. The best jogging route is the one that keeps you wanting to go back out.
2. Fill your outdoor route with outdoor sights and sounds. Wear headphones on the treadmill. But outdoors fly with the birds—the Quaker Parrots of Green-wood Cemetery, the cardinals of Prospect Park woodlands, the rooftop pigeons of Prospect Heights, the gulls, geese and seabirds of the Prospect Park Lake…
3. A jogging “route” is as much internally directed as externally directed. Be partial to finding that place where you can sink into memory, where you get off your beaten inside track. In my case, when I’m looking for that solitude, I run the trails inside Prospect Park. Discover the Vale of Cashmere, the Music Pagoda, the Boathouse.
4. Beware the “On Your Left-ers,” the kamikaze bikers. In Prospect Park, yes, but especially on the narrowed Brooklyn Bridge walkway, around the part that is under construction. You’ve read it here first: Somebody’s going to die.
5. Don’t always run the same path. Shake things up; run against jogging traffic. Don’t look like you’d rather be doing anything else but jogging. Smile. You’re not in the suburbs anymore. You’re in Brooklyn!
Larry O’Connor is the author of Tip of the Iceberg and the novel The Penalty Box. Currently training for his first Boston Marathon, Larry keeps a Brooklyn runner’s blog at run4yrlife.blogspot.com