Saturday, October 23, 2010

Variations on a Theme

When you go for a run, do you retrace the same route over and over?

An example: If you run from Grand Army Plaza to the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, how do you go? Or, if you're on the base of the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn - how do you get back to Grand Army Plaza?

I ran a fairly typical run today: 11 miles, from GAP over the Brooklyn Bridge, over to Williamsburg and back to GAP (I've mapped this route before, I think, or a version of it). I'm realizing, though, that the opportunities to make things different abound, especially when you think of the cross streets involved.

An example (from above): If you run from GAP to the Brooklyn Bridge, do you run down Union to Court? Carroll to Clinton? Flatbush to Livingston (to Court)? Thru Fort Greene? What about from the other end of the run: Do you go along Bedford? Cut down to the water and head along Kent?

One thought, especially as we pass marathon season and get into the winter months, when motivation to run starts to ebb in correlation with the cold: Mix it up, have fun, do something different.


Lauren said...

I usually go Union to Clinton, though now that you can run all the way through to BK Bridge Park, I've been doing that a lot, too.

Don't usually mix it up!

Chicken Underwear said...

I don't know why anyone would run on Union and Court, when you could run on Carroll and Clinton. A lot more running friendly.