Listed below are places to run out & backs if you live near or are visiting. The first two places listed below have been picked since they are known to be serene and tranquil and are puiblic places which can be used by locals and tourists.
A rectangle 2.5 miles long and .5 miles wide allows for out & back workouts along one of the lengths or widths. Can you run an out & back along the suspension bridge over a pond where your footing is unsure because the bridge sways.
High Line Park
Slow steps are staircases with many landings and stairs placed at high or low heights above each other making thenm difficult to climb.
High Line Park, elevated 30 feet above Manhattan's Chelsea district in New York City, requires a climb up slow stairs to enter. The park built along a derelict railway line is 1.45 miles long winding through
An amphitheater looking down on 21st street,
A billboard where you are the billboard,
A concrete canyon built between two skyscrapers,
A narrow forested passage, and
A whole lot of places where you can invade people's privacy by peeping into their private apartments. No really.
The High Line park is lit at night allowing for night running giving athletes 24/7/365 access.
The approximately 6700 foot long Rainforest Trail which winds its way with elevation changes through Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim National Park might be a fantastic out & back where on hot summer days the tree canopy might keep the sun off you.
Out & back routes can be, like the above described Rainforest Trail, can be bent and hilly. The Rainforest Trail's elevation changes are slight.
On Ontario's Nottawasaga Bay, Wasaga Beach, at alomost 1/3 the marathon's length is the world's longest fresh water beach and Canada's longest beach. The local municipality has divided Wasaga Beach's entire length into six areas.
If you live near Wasaga Beach and enjoy running daily out & backs, on each of six days of the week run one of the six areas. Rest on the seventh day. This represents one week of training since athletes change their training week to week. There is no such thing as the perfect training week.
Mapping websites can help you draw your routes measure distances between intersections. Such websites may require a signup but are usually free to use.
Also beware occasionally websites like Wikipedia may list distances between intersections.
Road / XC 1
From one intersection to another, run 5/8s miles along a winding road's sidewalk.
Descend into a grassy river valley turning what was a road run into a cross country run.
Run the valley floor for 5/8s miles climbing out of the valley and onto a sidewalk at a bridge.
Climb the hill and sprint back to your starting point of this approximate 1.5 miles run.
Road XC 2
An interesting out and back in my neighborhood is to run up a sidewalk and detour back to the starting point through a schoolyard's grass covered field. The run's back half is approximately 50 yards longer than the run's first half but still run quicker. This run's first section is road running and second section cross country (XC) running thereby mixing the two types of running. See the illustration below.
The curved route shown in Tab: Ways, and based on Sir Isaac Newton's proof that the quickest path between two points is curved, is a route often used in my neighborhood where athletes run down a slope into a river valley, run across the valley floor, up a slope on the valley's other side, then retrace their steps quicker.
Zig-zag through a line of trees and sprint back in a straight to your starting point. This course is only about 200 meters. Out & back routes need not be long and are open to use be athletes contesting any distance.
In Toronto, Canada, where the winters are really cold, I have coached or run out & backs in the corridors of apartment buildings, condominiums, and office towers.
This last one is not in between intersections but the best way to run on a cold winter's day.
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