I hope you had the chance to read my revolutionary discovery of yoga and its wondrous effects on my life! Yoga definitely did much more for me than grant me the ability to touch my toes (finally), it is the best way for me to release stress during those times of chaos. While, I personally love yoga, others might not have such passion for it as I do. Therefore, I decided to blog this week on another form of excercise: running. These past few weeks i've picked up on running again, though I'm definitely out of shape compared to my old cross-country days. Nevertheless, here are my top 3 favorite running routes in Berkeley. I encourage you all to try them and find the best routes for you! I've found that finding routes you like to run, helps to inspire the mood to exercise! Yay for endorphins and a reduced stress life!
1) Euclid St. to the Rose Gardens (on the north side of the Berkeley campus).
-Though the north side of campus provides more "uphill" running, north side is much more scenic and quiet. I would recommend this route for a picturesque but hard run!
2) Clark Kerr to Foothill (two dorms on the Berkeley campus).
-I've found that this route provides a relatively flat terrain, but a good long run. Also, the main street connecting these two dorms, Piedmont, is usually strewn with people. More people around means provides more secutiry and it definitely provides more motivation to run instead of walk!
3) The run around the Berkeley Campus.
-Running around campus provides uphill, downhill, and areas of flat terrain. It's a good run, if it's meant to be a short, but fulfilling. Just like in the case of Piedmont St., many people are usually strewn around the outskirts of campus which offers the same benefits as I mentioned above.
Though running outside is much harder than running on a treadmill, it's always best to "play it safe". If it's dark outside, it would be better to go to a gym than to run outside, safety first. Also, make sure your ipod isn't playing too loudly, so you can still hear oncoming traffic and be aware of your surroundings. Note: Beware, the Prius is very silent! Finally, make sure you're running on the side of the road of oncoming traffic, just a standard running tip I was taught in cross-country.