It’s finally that time again – the crisp, cool season of fall! We are just two days away. After a blazing summer, the temperatures are finally starting to get below that 90 degree mark. This weather is my favorite to run in. My fingers and ears don’t get numb like they do in the winter but I’m not sweating the second I make my first stride like in the summer.
The best little secret for runners is the website Map My Run. Whether you are running on campus or across the country in California, you can track the distance and elevation of your run. Just sign up for an account and start marking where you went. Instantly, you’ll get all the stats.
Better yet, you can check out other people’s running loops and steal their ideas for your next run. Below I’ve got a 5K and an almost five miler. Knowing how far you go can help you keep your pace on track and it will motivate you to increase your distance over time.
5K Ehaus Field: This 3.12 mile route will let you go through some of south campus, some of north campus and a close-by neighborhood.
Almost 5 Mile Run: This 4.92 mile route will send you down Franklin Street, around Battle Park and back up Franklin Street.
If you want to learn some other three or five mile loops, consider running with Fleet Feet Carrboro and Nike on their campus runs and get some free gear. This free event happens every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in front of Rams Head Rec Center.
So go ahead, grab a friend or run solo! This is the perfect time to see all of this beautiful campus. Set goals – map your run and then try to go farther or faster!