I do these runs that are between 3 – 6 miles (6 on a good day) in the mornings. I call them "good morning" runs because I like to say good morning to whomever I run past. Sometimes I just say good morning to buildings or landmarks too, there's a lot of cool buildings in Oakland and Berkeley.
I also like running to see my neighbors and to see what's going on around the neighborhoods (like that 2 bedroom house that's for sale for $789,000! yikes!). It doesn't seem like much crime happens in the mornings. I'm not sure why that is, and maybe I'm wrong, but that's what it seems like.
I'd like to think I can be Mayor of Oakland one day and run the streets surveying the City on my morning runs. People will come up and say, "good morning, Mayor" and I'll say "good morning" back. Maybe when I'm 70 :-)
I do these good morning runs twice a week and then I try to do a longer run on the weekends. That's pretty much my run program. Running can be good for the soul too.