UNH has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, especially this time of the year. What better way to explore than on foot? Running is one of the best forms of exercise you can do, so grab your sneakers and hit the road.
• Wagon Hill. Downtown Durham is nearly always bustling, so if you’re looking for a quieter spot, go stretch your legs at Wagon Hill. Hop in the car with your friends or jump on the bus and go explore. It can be muddy, so I recommended that you don’t wear new kicks.
• College Woods. If you haven’t been yet, you should go. It spans 250 acres of fields, streams, forests and trails. The entrance is behind the Field House (directions here), and be sure to take a peek at the helpful map below so you make a plan before you head out.
• Around town. If you want to squeeze a jog in between classes, I suggest sticking to downtown. This is my favorite route (available on MapMyRun (more about that below)) that can be viewed and sent to your smartphone here.
For more running routes, check out this UNH HerCampus guide to local running spots.
• MapMyRun – free, iOS/Android. MapMyRun is easy-to-use and allows the user to locate running routes around them, including some in College Woods and a ton around town. I use MapMyRun to track my progress and when I want to try a new route, it’s very simple to find a good one. If you cannot find a route nearby that suits your needs, fear not; just create your own. This is a great app to have on hand if you travel a lot or are going on vacation!
• Nike+ Running – free, iOS/Android. This app lets you challenge your friends and offers real time audio coaching to egg you on. Nike has ceased their wearable technology program, but in turn has begun devoting more time and resources to their platforms. Take advantage of the top-notch software and improve your game.
• Couch-to-5K – $1.99, iOS/Android. Developed by Active.com, this app is so simple to use and only requires about 30 minutes of time three days a week. If you can follow directions, in nine week you will be fit and ready to run your first 5k race.