Hit the Ground Running

Trail Running Is the Nature and Knee Lover's Workout
By Hiram Rodgers
  |  Gorp.com
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For trail runners there's only one important question: Why didn't I start doing this sooner?

Running on trails is a blast: It's easy on the knees, and the miles and minutes peel away without any of the grim get-to-the-next-bend determination associated with road running. Dare I say it? Trail running is fun.

While at its core trail running is a great aerobic workout, in spirit it's more like hiking. Trail runners leave the concrete jungle for the same reasons as anyone who escapes outdoors: to enjoy the scenery, watch the wildlife, and savor an escape from the commotion of life in town.

Hit the trail and your body will love you for it. No more unforgiving pavement beating your knees into submission. Varied terrain and footing means you'll minimize those overuse injuries that nag pavement runners. You also get a better workout while putting in fewer miles.

Here's a bonus: Because the footing demands constant attention, the scenery commands your appreciation, and the terrain challenges your abilities, you enter a Zen state from which you emerge muddy and sweaty but refreshed and revitalized.


Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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