Street running in Bangalore

If I walk up to anyone and say that I love street running in Bangalore, people must think I’m crazy! But the fact is that by changing your strategy you can also love running on the streets.
I asked myself how come I love running on the streets and others don’t. I figured I was doing a few things differently.

If I walk up to anyone and say that I love street running in Bangalore, people must think I’m crazy! But the fact is that by changing your strategy you can also love running on the streets.

I asked myself how come I love running on the streets and others don’t. I figured I was doing a few things differently.

  • Running in residential areas:

Avoid main road when you can. If you are running random and don’t care to do a loop  it is best to run on small roads. Here is an example of my run around Padmanabhanagar. You  can see on google maps that there is only a few spots I hit the main roads (roads shown in yellow). I run mostly in the residential areas and small roads (roads shown in white). You can go from one area to the other by doing this, once in a while you might hit a main road, but find the next cross road as soon as possible.

What I love about running in the residential areas/small roads is that there are quite a number of trees around you. And all the houses look so different. Every house in Bangalore has its own charm in the way it is built. Some are colorful, some are built big, some are small and cozy. I keep myself entertained looking at all this.

  • When you hit the main road stay to your right:

I feel this is very important to see a head on traffic than traffic behind you for two reasons, 1. You hear less honks. People in India honk so that the other person knows they are coming. 2. It is safer to see head on traffic so that you can move around looking at the vehicles.

But yes… most important thing is to find the next small road and get into it!

  • Music helps
Music has always made me stay in my own world while running. I listen to a lot of podcasts / audio books while running. This can make you run a couple of extra miles. 😉
These are the top three things that I do that makes a difference. I’m sure the other runners will have more points, do comment your experiences so that this helps other runners. Let us make street running a culture in Bangalore! 🙂

6 thoughts on “Street running in Bangalore”

  1. Great post!!! Would love to run the route you have said.

    Let me know in case you are looking for a running mate.

    Prashanth

  2. Listening to music while running on Indian streets is highly NOT recommended…for obvious reasons…and you have already covered the honking section in you blog…

  3. Running in streets in moderation is O.K.But most of us are also good runners.We run from problems of life.What do you say?

  4. I’m sorry to say that I don’t agree with you Vikram.
    – First of all, almost all the trainers say that it’s not good to train on roads because of the surface which is bad for your knees.
    – Secondly, you can’t run in the streets at the phase of 5 or less than 5 mnts per km. It’s not possible.
    – Thirdly I do agree with others it’s not advisable to run with headphones in the streets.

  5. That is not entirely true, Kamal. Most races nowadays in the city happen on city road, people train on city roads.

    I have read that if your running methodology is right, then the surface doesn’t matter. e.g. heel first running as advocate by many sports coaches will get affected by running on hard surfaces. But in this method, you are going to get hurt over time anyway. However, barefoot/chi and other running methods are not affected by surface, as your leg posture adjusts to the hardness of the surface.

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