Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Five Truths About Trail Running

Five Truths About Trail Running
  1. You're going to be slower. Two weeks ago I ran a 10k race in 41 minutes. I tackled the Terrace Mountain Flathead trail, 7.5km in length, and it took me 1 hour and 5 minutes. I'm not a great trail runner admittedly, but as you can see that's a pretty significant difference. Leave the ego at home.
  2. It's okay to walk. Those crazy mountain ultrarunners mostly walk the uphills. It's okay to do that! I usually walk through the technical downhill portions as I don't want to break my face on a rock.
  3. Live in the moment. There is no better way to live in the moment than to trail run. You have to focus on each step ahead of you due to rocks and roots - there is no better definition of living in the present than that. Nature abounds. Be sure to stop and take it in. On my trail run last night I stopped for a good minute to admire a waterfall. Nature makes you happier!
  4. Trail running builds muscles. According to my Garmin the Flathead trail features about 350m of total elevation gain. In just a few runs my legs feel stronger already. And let's face it - if you've got to do hill workouts, wouldn't you rather do it in nature than up and down some paved stretch of road dodging traffic? Also, all that uneven ground on the trails works muscles, bones and tendons in your feet, legs and core that don't normally get worked. This is a fantastic way to balance your kinetic chain out and be a healthier, injury free runner.
  5. You get to explore. Challenge yourself to run a new trail every so often. Explore part of your world that you did not even know existed before. You will not regret it.

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