I took this picture this weekend when I hit the hiking trails right out my front door. It was a great run on the trails this weekend and so beautiful. At times I get bored with my regular run, after a few miles I'm done. Today I could have kept going and it definitely wasn't boring. If you are bored with the same old routine, change it up and try a trail run.
If you are bored with the same old routine, change it up and try a trail run.
Here are 5 reasons to Trail Running Verses the Road:
1- Fewer Injuries Trail running surfaces are much softer than the asphalt or concrete you'll find when running around town. Softer surfaces mean fewer injuries, not only due to lower impact forces, but also because you'll build more strength in the muscles that help stabilize your lower leg. These muscles help absorb impact forces and provide more support—no matter what surface you're running on—and that can add up to fewer injuries.
2- Improved Technique Studies show that running on uneven terrain causes you to take shorter, quicker strides and land more on the forefoot than the heel. These adjustments are helpful when you're running on any surface. Shorter strides, a faster stride rate and mid-foot landing requires less energy and allows for faster acceleration than heel-toe running with longer strides.
3- Mental Break Just as important as the physical benefits, trail running is mentally relaxing.
4- Breathe Easier Trails are usually off-limits to motor vehicles, so you don`t have to worry about taking a deep breath of carbon monoxide every time a car goes by.
5- Get Faster For those of you most concerned with improving your times, rest assured, trail running can make you faster. Most trail running involves hills and lots of them. Running uphill makes you stronger, it’s actually the most efficient form of strength training for runners since it uses all the muscles you activate when running on flat surfaces, but builds greater strength due to the increased resistance.