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The Pros and Cons of Roads and Trails


Let’s start by stating the obvious. There’s no wrong answer if you’re debating between running on trails or roads. Running anywhere is always the best option. But there are advantages and disadvantages to both, and we thought it only fair to point that out. And sure, pros for one person might count as cons for another. But what’s more fun than debating endlessly the merits and drawbacks in a scenario that’s entirely positive to begin with? So we’re posting our list, and we’ll let you crack open a cold one and start your own debate.

TRAIL PROS:

  • Soft, joint-friendly dirt
  • Improved scenery
  • Pretty bird sounds
  • Getting lost → unexpected miles
  • Sense of exploration, even on familiar trails
  • Feeling like you’re the only one out there
  • No stoplights

 

 

 

 

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TRAIL CONS:

  • Rocks and roots are known to attack ankles
  • Lack of shiny things to look at
  • Spooky animal sounds
  • Getting lost → unexpected miles
  • No bathrooms to be found
  • Run-ins with mountain bikes
  • No city bus in case you bonk

 

 

 

 

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ROAD PROS:

  • (Mostly) smooth sidewalks
  • City skylines
  • Predictable routes
  • Frequent Starbucks bathrooms
  • Running into friends (usually)
  • Close to home/work/brunch
  • Stoplights for (welcome) rest

 

 

 

 

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ROAD CONS:

  • Pounding pavement
  • Loud, busy streets
  • Predictable routes
  • Sharing the road with cyclists
  • Fumes from cars
  • Even more fumes from buses
  • Stoplights that ruin your rhythm
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