A Beginner’s Guide to Trail Running

trail-running-by-Kazz.0Whether you’re a beginner runner or have been running for a long time, trail running is an exciting way o shake up your routines and get more out of your runs. The benefits are two-fold—not only are you less likely to be injured when you’re running on the soft, varied surfaces of a wooded trail, you also work muscles more when trail running to keep yourself stable on the more demanding terrain. Asphalt, as runners know, can take a toll on your body so if you’re a beginner, trail running can be an easy and fun way to start in the sport without severe shin splints. Expect to get down and dirty on your runs!

How to Start Trail Running

  1. Choose a shorter trail that you’re already familiar with to run during the day. Technical trails, or ones that have a lot of obstacles such as rocks, roots, and other weird non-standard stuff aren’t the best to start on if you’re inexperienced. Paths that are well-worn with minimal obstacles to overcome are a good place to start—and are called non-technical trails.
  2. Change your stride up for better stability on trails. Road running often focuses on running as quickly as possible—which can make for some boring runs. Trail running, instead, focuses on running for enjoyment’s sake! Shorter strides help you balance while running. You can expect to go at a much slower pace trail running but that’s honestly the point.
  3. Step over not on. Rocks, limbs, roots, rocks in streams. You get the idea. One of those suckers can send you flying if they’re slippery and they are more often than not. If you can avoid stepping on it, do so. Same goes from when crossing streams—just run through the water rather than jumping from rock to rock. It’s much safer that way.
  4. Scan ahead of you as much as possible. Unlike road running where you can zone out, trail running is about being in a constant alert state of mind. If you aren’t ready for an obstacle when you’re running, it might be too late if you didn’t see it coming.
  5. Leave room between you and others. Remember that other runners can trip and fall and that you need to scan in front of you at all times—so leave enough room to do so. If you’re running on a trail where there are other people, be sure to give them as wide a birth as possible when passing them and warn them you’re approaching politely. Some trail runners are there because they want to get away from people so remember that when running.

Give trail running a try to shake up your running routine or to try something new!

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