Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week we’re talking about trail running. I’ve done a few runs here and there but nothing compared to what other runners do. Trail running isn’t for everyone and that is OK. Let’s discuss!
This week’s Tuesday Topic: Trail running – yes or no? You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
For years I’ve been a road runner. Sometimes I drive to the lakefront and run there. Sometimes I run by myself and other times with a group. The past couple of years I’ve been running by my house. To me it is much more convenient and easier.
A few years ago I started going to Waterfall Glen. It is perfect for hill training because as you know Chicago is FLAT. I go there too to get a break from running on the pavement. My favorite time to go is in the Fall. Not only do I love Fall running but going there is beautiful. The trees and the leaves give me a peaceful feeling. Oh, and I also love going after it rains. The smell of the dirt!! There is something about it that I love. I know, it sounds weird.
I realize it isn’t a difficult terrain. It is still smooth. The hills is what makes it challenging hence providing a great workout.
Besides the softer terrain, other benefits of trail running include: strengthens the legs; it is quieter; reduces the risk of injury; high quality air; and improves your mood.
I am planning to run at Waterfall Glen more often. These past few months haven’t been going well (running wise) and I hope things are better the rest of the year.
If you need trail running shoes, Wendy wrote a great review of the Brooks Cascadia 14 XT. Check it out!
Trail running might not be for everyone. That is OK. Now trail racing is something I don’t think I will ever do. You?