While running is something that I love, I don’t always love to do it. I think with any hobby you run the risk of burnout if you don’t choose to remember what you liked about it in the first place. Recently, I all but stopped running. I didn’t want to simply “lace up my shoes”, and I certainly didn’t want to just “put one foot in front of the other”. Clichés never work for me. Change does. The “big” change I made was scenery. I realized that I was tired of running around my neighborhood. It was getting old. Running had become my own personal Groundhog Day.
I decided to finally take some coworkers up on their offer to run the trails. I don’t know why, but it had always intimidated me in the past. While it was definitely different than what I was used to, it was also way more fun. I had to slow down and take it all in. I’m pretty sure I never stopped talking about how exciting it was to have to actually think while I was running. The only downside was that taking a selfie was way more difficult. Kidding! (sort of)
I’m no trail running expert, so I thought it would be pretty cool to include some quotes and links from people who know more than I do. Check them out below!
“What many people don’t realize is that more often than not, local trails merge in and out of public AND private property. Check for signs, warnings, and updates at the trail head before proceeding on your trail run.” Heather from Relentless Forward Commotion Read more of her trail etiquette tips here: http://relentlessforwardcommotion.com/2014/10/trail-running-etiquette-tips/
“I’ve only done 2 trail races, but I would say if you’re new to trail running start slower. You need to be more careful of your footing and watch out for things like tree branches.” Lauren from Breathe Deeply and Smile
“If you’re just heading out for two or three miles, you can likely get away with your road running shoes. However, you will definitely need trail shoes for longer distances.” Heather from Just a Colorado Gal. Read more of her Trail Running Essentials here: http://www.justacoloradogal.com/2014/07/gear-essentials-trail-running.html
“Don’t go alone. It’s very easy to get lost. And invest in a pair of trail shoes, they make a huge difference in keeping your ankles and footing in tact.” Farrah from Fairy Healthy Life
“When exploring new trails, always have some sort of tracking device. I usually bring a Garmin or carry a map.” Lindsay from Cotter Crunch Read more of her trail running tips here: http://www.cottercrunch.com/2014/07/exploring-new-trails-helps-unbusy-trail-workouts-plus-mizuno-kazan-shoe-review/
“Trail miles feel longer and harder than road miles. But they are easier on your body due to lack of pavement pounding. Most people run on trails by time rather than distance seeing positive results in their increase in endurance.” Smitha from The Faux Runner. Read more of her tips here: http://www.fauxrunner.com/2012/11/trail-running-tips.html
If you happen to have any other useful trail running resources or tips, leave us a comment!