Jog to campus scenery a treadmill can't provide

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By Ambika Dubey

Sometimes running on a treadmill becomes monotonous. 

At that point, try the indoor tracks in the recreation centers on campus. But when the view of the inside walls of the gym blend into one nondescript blur, it might be time to start jogging outdoors. 

Below, I have compiled a few of my favorite routes. Take it with a grain of salt, remember always to run with the proper footwear (I say, as I type this with one foot in a brace and a fracture shoe … ) and enjoy!

Full Campus Circuit – roughly 3.5 miles:

One could, of course, run in a larger concentric circle, encasing more of campus. This one just happens to hit most of the frequently populated spots on campus. 

  • Illinois Street Residence Hall to Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall, LAR
  • LAR to Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall, PAR
  • PAR to Ikenberry Commons
  • Ikenberry Commons to Main Library
  • Main Library to Illini Union
  • Illini Union to Grainger Library
  • Grainger Library to Beckman Institute
  • Beckman Institute to ISR

Dining Hall Route – Almost 3 miles:

This route is great for obvious reasons. If you need to stop for a snack or a drink of water, each of the checkpoints has a dining hall. Finally, you could run between ISR and the Ikenberry Commons to complete the route, or you could take the bus!

  • ISR to Busey-Evans Residence Hall 
  • Busey-Evans to LAR
  • LAR to PAR
  • PAR to FAR (this is a particularly strenuous segment of the Dining Hall Route)
  • FAR to Ikenberry Commons
  • Ikenberry Commons back to ISR

Greens to run on/around:

  • Main Quad (about 2,300 feet per lap)

South Quad – about 2,700 feet per lap

Engineering Quad – about 1,500 feet per lap

Other interesting runs:

  • Follow a bus route (if you’re exhausted, hop on a bus)
  • Pick a building and run around it (beats running inside a building I suppose)

    Ambika is a sophomore in Engineering.
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