Consider getting off the beaten path— try trail running!
Trail running offers rugged terrain that treadmills and pavement don’t, which gives you a change of scenery and the opportunity to work muscles you don’t use usually use. (Lucky for residents at Cayce Cove in Cayce, South Carolina, there’s a jogging/hiking trail on site.)
Here are five tips for a good off-road run:
Allow For More Time
On the trail, a run that’s the same distance as your usual route can take much longer thanks to hills, rocks, switchbacks and more. So build extra time into it.
Water crossings, mud, snow, etc. can impact your run time. And since you can’t be sure how long a run will take, it’s crucial to have hydration on hand.
Consider Your Shoes
There are shoes made specifically for off road running, but you don’t need them your first time out. It’s more important to wear shoes you’re already comfortable with.
Use Your Arms
Don’t be afraid to have your arms out to the side a bit when you’re running. This will help you keep your balance.
Before you hit the trail, tell someone where you’re going, and take your ID and a mobile phone with you.