I recall a time when I didn’t enjoy running that much. It seemed so repetitive and sometimes unnatural. Gradually I started seeking out places to run where there was more natural terrain and a lot more peace and quiet. That was when running became more than just exercise for me. I really started loving it! Matt Frazier for the NoMeatAthlete.com beleives that one of the benefits of trail running is that it makes you a stronger runner. I agree and I also think if you enjoy doing something you will do it more often and you will get better at it. Here’s a excerpt from the article by Matt.
Trail Running Naturally Makes You a Stronger Runner
Run Trails…Real ones. In the woods, unpaved, with rocks, roots, streams, and mud.
Every step is different. You have to move laterally, so you strengthen supporting muscles.You can’t open up the long, careless stride that comes crashing down on your heel (causing injury over time) like you can on roads. Instead, you’ve got to keep your feet under your body, and take small, quick steps.And there are more hills, which serve as built-in strength training, and sometimes, welcome walk breaks.Oh yeah, and you get dirty.
Don’t be surprised if you find that once you are getting off road more, your running buddies will be asking to come along too. They may even know of some great trails you can explore so share information and tips as much as you can. Another great reason to love trail running!