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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Differentiating the time-geography of recreational running

Qvistrom, Mattias; Fridell, Linnea; Karrholm, Mattias

Abstract

This paper proposes a relational time-geography approach to differentiate the geographies of recreational activities, whose place cannot be pinned down to a single specific infrastructure or area and therefore risks being marginalised in planning. Running is used as a case study. Based on diary-interviews, we have identified three different exercises/places used alternately by the respondents: the forest run; 'the most boring route in the world'; and the tourist run. We argue that the time-geography of runners could be conceptualised as a rhythm of place dependencies, where different places afford complementary qualities. By allowing for a negotiation of the spatio-temporal constraints of everyday life, these different places (and their affordances) are of crucial importance for motivation and exercise.

Keywords

Affordances; jogging; outdoor exercise; recreational mobilities; relational time-geography; solicited diaries

Published in

Mobilities
2020, Volume: 15, number: 4, pages: 575-587
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD