Places to go jogging on STX?
Where are your favorite places to go jogging on STX? I think I'm still pretty spoiled from living in the states where there were jogging trails through the woods and sidewalks along the roads. It's a whole different ballgame out here and man, thinking about jogging on these roads scares me....just a little. 😉
Buccaneer (~2mile loop, more if you add Shoy's), Scenic Road (dirt roads, no traffic), Vialco (sp?) there is a ~1.25 mile "loop" that is dirt/grass, and South Shore Road (traffic depends on time of day).
Judith fancy, also a 2 mile loop. Gated neighborhood with speed bumps. You park outside the gate, be nice to the guard and just tell her you're going for a run.
Please don't run on the busy streets. Do not run on south shore, I do not want to hit you. Too many blind curves and the road is only big enough for two cars to pass. By the time you see a car around a blind curve it will be too late. People drive very fast on south shore, 45mph is slow for that road and not the norm at all. Usually its more like 55 to 65mph.
Plus the biker's (bicycles that is) on Southshore are a headache enough
Yeah well there's no traffic when you go at 4 and 5 in the morning so, like I said, traffic depends on time of day.
I once saw a guy jogging at night on the grass median strip on Rt 66 (the only highway on STX). Nice and cool, well-lit, and the grass was just cut, but a weird place to be jogging!
vshoppell, I really hear what you are saying and appreciate that you want to exercise, but all it takes is one person going in to work early, rushing to the hospital, rushing to catch the early flight for you to be splat on that road even at 4 or 5 in the morning. It is not safe for bikes or joggers. I rarely use south shore even though it is faster for me because I know its not if but when I will end up hitting someone. I even see bike guys with headphones on now so they cant even hear. Its so reckless.
Why not pick the safer place to jog. Judith fancy is actually very pretty you have a ocean view for half of the run and its hilly to give a challenge.
I think someone mentioned VIALCO, and there is also the tract at the Complex, I've even seen people jog and walk around the big field at Canegater Ball Park.
Betty, I appreciate your opinion too but will continue to run with the groups I run with and have for the past 3+ years. When you're marathon training, it gets a bit redundant to run in 2 mile loops. We take the appropriate steps to wear reflective clothing and our group does not ride or run with headphones. As a cyclist too (triathlete actually), we have to do what we can to train on this island as our races (except for the 70.3) are held on open roads. Yes, I'm taking a risk that something *could* happen but it's a risk I'm willing to take. There are more risks driving I promise (I'm an EMT here too so I've seen it all). Mark825 was asking our favorite places to run and I gave him my opinion. He may be someone newer to the island who is looking for racing resources. As far as being scared to hit someone on the South Shore and avoiding it, that's a choice you're making. Also, I have run in Judith's Fancy and don't actually like it because of the dogs that people don't necessarily have contained. Ironically, the closest I've ever come to getting hit by a car was inside Judith's Fancy and I haven't been back (2+years ago).
I work at the Industrial park off the highway on the other side of the airport (Roebuck by the Air National guard). If you run the loop it is a perfect .5 mile...4 times is a nice 2 mile run with a small uphill and downhill grade as you go around. No worries about traffic/dogs/etc. on that route.
I ran for the VI in the "Nike+ Ipod 10k" this weekend...only one other runner did it. As you run a chip in your shoe sends your distance travelled/time to your ipod which gets sent to Nike when you connect it to your computer. I'm not a distance runner so 10k is long for me (try to do 2.5 miles in 20 minutes as my normal run) but I finished in 54 minutes and change. One other person from the VI ran it in 55 or so which meant our "country" average was 20th in the world 🙂 Put us on the map just ahead of Denmark (ironically).
Mark825 was asking our favorite places to run and I gave him my opinion. He may be someone newer to the island who is looking for racing resources.
Yup, pretty new I'd say. Hey Val. It's me, Mark. Wendy's boyfriend. Small world, innit? LOL
the road leading to/from carambola golf and/or the resort off north shore...
I second the post about Carambola. When visiting, I tend to stay on the North Shore--Cane Bay or La Vallee--and the Northshore Road between the Lobster Reef and Carambola has few cars (at least in the morning) and the scenery is stunning.