KonaCommuter wrote:I'm sorry to sound slow but I'm not sure what you are saying about the difference between running on the road Vs footpath. I only ask because I've taken to jogging although the distance I jog aren't that great (circa 5km)
Have you ever been walking and not noticing a small step down? Think of what it feels like and you might see what I am referring to.
Running on roads you will seldom hit a significant variation in height. On the side it is quite common in a few km run to do so and you don't always notice it if you are focussing a bit forward (as you need to be).
And there is nothing more deadly than hitting an unnoticed depression. It jolts you right at lumbar and is not something healthy in regular doses. My point is that a jogger will quickly do damage, hence the predilection to run on the road. While that may seem silly to others it can make good sense to a jogger.
Note however my reference to the need to then be focussed on your environment. Which the subject of this tale seems to not be doing.
You are lucky if your run is even and flat. Some places and some councils are better than others. If you like to vary your run by regularly changing routes then you won't want to count on all routes being so sweet.
(The worst time for this is evenings of course but sometimes that is the only time a jogger gets the time. When I was studying evenings I used to have to do my run a couple of times a week around 11pm.)