Get those legs pumping: Here’s what you need to know about running in Lakeland

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or trying to launch a new habit, check out this guide for running gear, planning your routes, finding a pack, and more.

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Corey J. running by Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland | Photo via @cjtherunner

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Planning your next run? Here are a few running must-haves to ensure every run is a safe one:

Proper Attire

Have you ever tried running in the wrong shoes? Then you probably know where we’re going with this one. Get your running fit right at one of these stores:

A silhouetted runner on Lake Hollingsworth at sunset

There’s nothing like a sunset run around Lake Hollingsworth to get the blood pumping.

A Safe Route

Lake Hollingsworth is a classic, but if you’re looking for a fresh spot, use Lakeland Runners Club’s interactive map to find routes near restrooms, water fountains, parking lots, and dog parks.

Five free running apps:

A group of men and women pose after a race

Running is fun, but running with a group is better.

Photo by @jonlaurenzo

Running Buddies

Lakeland Runners Club has multiple running groups that meet regularly for free. Here are a couple of groups that meet weekly to get their legs pumping:

  • Galloway Run-Walk-Run | Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning runs for laid-back runners.
  • The Pack | Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning runs for those who can complete a sub-25-minute 5k.
  • Black Girls RUN! | Wednesday evening + Saturday morning runs to empower Black women.
  • Fleet Feet Pub Run | Tuesday evening 5k+ runs that end with celebratory food + drinks.
  • LRC Training Runs | Tuesday and Thursday evening runs to train for the Mayfaire 5k, Lake to Lake 10k, + middle school cross country.

Do you have a running group, tip, or trail you’d like to share with us? Let us know and we’ll pass it along to your fellow runners in an upcoming newsletter.

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