Whether you are nestled in the tall buildings in one of the the country's largest cities, or you live somewhere in suburbia, you can always find ways to make your long distance runs a touch more interesting. The easiest way to train, and this goes for any true type of exercise, is to do so with a partner, or better yet, partners. Integrating your friends into your workout and making it not only physically challenging but socially enjoyable is doubly rewarding.
Now, if you are looking for a day of sheer intensity, one where you push yourself to new levels, this workout is not the one to pick. Instead, save this one for a recovery day, or a day that requires long, leisurely miles that maximize endurance rather than speed.
To begin, have each friend get ready at his residence. One person, and it really does not matter who, starts to run from his home to the next friend's. Once there, those two begin running to the next house, and so on, until everyone is now running in a pack. Obviously one person has been running longer than everyone else, and each other person varies slightly in terms of the time put in.
Set a destination or time prior to starting the run and once all of you are together, run that preset course. The variation, however, comes when you have completed the course. Now, on the return trip, the person who started the run gets dropped off first, and all others return home in reverse order. This way every person who participated trains the same amount, just at different times and levels.
Along the way, you get a quality run in and you spend time with