Not only is trail running having a serious moment in the fitness world, but it’s also one of the activities you can log in THE ICONIC SPORT Challenge, earning you prizes and credit towards huge sport brands. Plus, it's the perfect way to get your exercise in while social distancing. So, there’s no better time to get up to speed.
What is trail running?
In (very) basic terms, trail running is running on any kind of off-road terrain. You could be sinking into sand on the coast, jogging down dirt lanes in a national park or navigating trails on mountain-top ridges. There are flatter, more accessible routes for beginners, while more experienced trail runners will love the excitement of running full pelt down a vertical mountain path.
What are the benefits?
Trail running is never boring. You’ll have to contend with uneven ground, overhead foliage, wildlife, and the weather; it will require nearly every aspect for your brain to negotiate the right path for you. Plus, you can potentially burn more calories on trail running depending on the trail you’re scaling.
What are some tips for my first trail run?
Start slow and choose a simple track to conquer so that your ankles and your mind can get used to the terrain. Consider buying some purpose-made trail running shoes from Brooks that will help you have a sure footing.