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I have a few locations I frequent for running and it all depends on the length plus the company. Many of my running routes are completely dependent on the circumstances of the day. I choose which route will work the best based on the need of the day.
- Seven Oaks: Seven Oaks is a large community in Wesley Chapel where I live. There is a “secret” path that runs through the community. It runs behind the houses and is 1.75 miles long. It is about a mile from my house to the path. Most of the time I meet my friends at the edge of the community at some offices. From those offices we have a 4 mile, 6 mile and 12 mile route. From my house I have a 4.5 mile, 9 mile and 13 mile route.
- West Meadows: This is a community in New Tampa. One of my running friends lives pretty close and since it is the only area where we can run hills and when I say hills, I mean an overpass, we meet hear frequently. It is about 0.6 miles to the hill and the hill has a 0.2 mile incline. This is the closest hill in the area.
In addition, we have a 4 mile route, 5 mile route and a 6 mile route.
- Flatwoods: This is a local park in New Tampa.
Flatwoods has a few entrances but we mostly use the Bruce B Downs entrance. Basically you can run any amount of miles here. The benefit is that every 2 miles there is a water stop. At these water stops are water coolers filled with ice cold water. From BBD it is 2 miles to the first water stop and then there is a 7 mile loop there. There are some critters like snakes, pigs, deer and alligators. We have come across a few snakes the last few times we have been there.
- Arbor Woods/Northwood: Arbor Woods is my community. I have a 3 mile path within the community itself. Northwood borders my community and with that I have a 3 mile, 4 mile, 5 mile and 6 mile path.
- Upper Tampa Bay Trail:
This is a great place to run. Like Flatwoods there are cold water stops. I am not sure the entire length of the trail but I have done many of my long runs there, right up to 18 miles. The benefit is that it has much more shade than Flatwoods. The con is that it takes about 25 minutes to get to the entrance.
- Bayshore Blvd.: This is a popular running route in the heart of Tampa. I ran the Fit Foodie Race there, but have ever run there just for fun. It is beautiful, but there is no shade which makes it very hot once the sun is up. I would definitely visit occasionally, but not a primary area I would run. Plus its about 30 minutes away.
I know there are many more places to run that I have not discovered yet, but this is the ones I frequent the most right now. I am blessed to have some great running friends that are always up for trying something new and I actually met then at Flatwoods right after I first came to live here. What I love about Florida is that it is running weather all year long, even during the hot Summer, and there is no lack of places to run!
You have seen where I run, now share with me where you run?