There are numerous websites that will offer detailed guides on finding local runs in your area.   These will have been tried and tested and reviewed by people in your community and will therefore be user friendly and offer some of the best scenery and terrain that you can hope for.

However, it might not always be possible to take the most scenic or best route to work with time and other factors taking priority.

You should work out a selection of at least 3 routes that you can take depending on time pressures and how you feel that morning or afternoon.   A quick 20 minute boost run if you live that close to work or can get off your morning train a few stops early and squeeze a quick run in.

This will be enough to waken the senses and get you to your work station feeling refreshed.

You should have your ‘standard’ run into work which is your default route for the average day.  Ideally try for 2-3 of these standard routes to avoid boredom from repition.  Look through routes through local parks, on tow paths on waterways, on The Thames (if you live in London), a run which goes through interesting features or landmarks in your area.

All will help you feel motivated and provide a spring in your heels when the alarms goes off.

Also think about having 1 or more ‘long runs’ in your locker.  It might be that you can’t get out to run for sometime so you need a longer fix.  You might wake up early or have a big lunch or working off the excesses of Christmas or your birthday, etc.

A long run may feel hard at the time, but you’ll certainly appreciate the workout and give your self-esteem a boost afterwards.

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