Trail running has its own charms. Running on muddy terrains and dirt paths can give you a magnificent feeling of being connected with nature. Many runners switch from running on flat tracks to trail running for many different reasons, one of which is the beautiful, relaxing atmosphere running on natural, scenic ambience brings.
Although trail running can impose a feeling of relaxation, it’s no laughing matter to engage in this type of running. Trail running is extremely challenging as it includes running on uneven slopes, rocky, and muddy paths which can be dangerous and may cause injuries if you haven’t prepared enough for it.
You need to be physically prepared in order to survive trail running. Since the surface you’ll be running on can go upward and downward, you may want to brace yourself for the constant change in running phase and rhythm you may experience. Also, because you’ll be stepping on natural landscape, it is possible for you to encounter obstacles such as big rocks as well as fallen trees that you may have to avoid to complete your run.
Because of this, you have to take on some physical trainings in order to be ready for what you will face in trail running.
Doing some box jumps will enhance your ability to land softly on the ground. Being able to land softly and immediately get back to running is crucial to navigating terrains, especially in downward slopes.
Enhancing your ankle strength is equally essential since you’ll be sprinting on uneven surfaces. Immediately switching to trail running from running on flat surfaces unprepared can cause ankle sprains or other ankle injuries. Doing some foot workouts while barefoot can help you establish ankle strength and brace you for trail running. You may try some leg lunges as well as leg balancing barefoot.
Practice running on grassy areas as well as soft grounds and transition slowly. If you’re just starting trail running, concentrate more on being accustomed to running on the challenging environment rather than the running at faster speeds. You can focus on your speed once you get used to the difficult landscape of trail running.
Trail running is a rewarding experience for every runner. As soon as you become familiar with it, you will realise why hundreds of runners switch to trail running.