Finding a 10K running route in a new place
Like many users on this forum, I use Strava when I go to a new place I travel to, to see if there are any interesting 10K routes/loops to run from the hotel.
I am really confused by the terminology I see on the forum. Public routes, public segments, activity search, Local...
First of all, I must say that "Local" does not apply because I don't go to the major cities listed in "Local".
I found heat maps to be a really good tool to see where most people are running.
Then, I want to see typical 10Ks that others have run. I turn to segment search / segment explore. Strange thing, I can only enter keywords, so if I type "north laughton valley park" it will return segments in the city called laughton, while I am searching in the city Milton Keynes. So I have to type "milton keynes north laughton valley park".
It is puzzling that I cannot do a simple search like: city = Milton Keynes, keyword = "North Laughton valley Park", distance = 5K+ Is there some sort of API that Srava offers that can do this kind of thing? Or maybe a 3rd party site exploiting Strava data?
If I use Segment explore, even if I un-zoom enough for 10Ks to fit on the map, Segment explore does not return the kind of 10K segments that I am looking for. It tends to return micro segments around 1K. I can't even sort the list by segment length.
To me there is room for improvement when searching routes to run in a new place I've never been before. Strava being supposedly one of the leaders for running apps with a large community, this is really surprising.
In the end, what works for me is heat maps + google maps to refine the route.Not ideal really, but does the job.