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Trail Running

I'm hearing a lot about how you ladies love running. I do too. I love it because it's hard, and I can really push myself, and feel every muscle in my body pumping. And afterwards, I feel amazing.
For many, running on a treadmill just isn't an option. Either you think it's lame because the whole point of running is to get outside and breathe in the fresh air. Or maybe you despise going to the gym, or don't own a treadmill because they are way too expensive.

Trail Running is like running on a road or track, but instead, you run on - you're so brilliant - trails. Anywhere that you hike, you can go trail running. Even in the winter.

Running in the woods or charging up a mountain is like going through a giant obstacle course. You've got to watch out for loose rocks, mud, and dog poop. You've got to dodge fallen logs and sticks in your way.

And what else is great? There aren't many other people around. It's just you and nature.

When I go running in the woods, the trees just absorb all my thoughts and worries. When I'm done, I feel refreshed, relaxed, and totally pumped at the same time.

Want to know what you'll need to go trail running? Then

  • Sneakers just won't cut it. You'll need to get yourself some trail running shoes. They're waterproof and the soles are really thick with these knobby things on the bottom. They're more rigid and protective than regular old kicks.

    Just about every shoe company makes them. You can get ones from Merrell, The North Face, Montrail, Salomon, Vasque. But my faves are from Keen - there's more room for your toes to spread out wide.

    A pair of trail running shoes will be around $90-120, so just try on a few different kinds to get the feel for which ones are most comfortable for your feet.

  • You'll want to wear layers, preferably ones that wick away the sweat from your skin. You can even wear socks that wick, to help prevent blisters.
  • Bring plenty of water.
  • I also bring my cell phone and a form of identification, just to keep myself safe.
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lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
ah i miss trails :( dont know of any good ones in good thing about growing up in new england.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
:) I love how you make dodging dog poo out to be fun!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
I know what you mean - there's something exciting about leaping over rocks and logs, and weaving your way through fallen tree limbs. I also love that there aren't a ton of people on the trail. Being alone in nature allows me to be alone with my thoughts. Afterwards, I feel like me.
Surabhi Surabhi 10 years
This is my favorite way to exercise! So many beautiful trails here in Colorado where I live. I'm actually not a runner (or I just have never considered myself one), I would not think to go street running, but I just love trail running regularly. I'm definately not one for a leisurely hike. I have much more fun going fast!
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