Tonight’s run was a loopy 5 miler that never took me more than 2/3rds of a mile from home.
This loopy style of run has much to recommend it:
It starts and ends in the same place.
Each loop is a single block, with no road crossings to worry about, allowing a steady pace without too much stopping and starting.
There is remarkably little repetition, as most of the repeated sections are run in opposite directions.
The length of the run can be adjusted by adding in or leaving out loops.
It’s a good way to get to know an area.
You are never very far away from base.
It’s an approach that has made finding routes simple: my old one mile block can be transformed into anything up to six miles; my old three mile block can be extended to anything up to twelve miles; and one hill can be stretched to breaking point*.
*My breaking point. I’m not fond of hills.