Into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul. ~ Author Unknown
Trail running is such a great activity you can do for your body and even more – your mind. It challenges you, and changes you.
I started trail running at Sam Houston State Park with a group of peeps a year ago. We typically run what is called the Blue Trail, which is about 3.5 miles. The trails are hilly and VERY stumpy. The terrain is rough. I tripped on a stump only 100 yards into my first run. I learned quickly that trail running is NOT road running. I’ll share some TIPS before you hit the trails in a separate blog. But, first…I wanted to share with you…
10 Reasons Why You Should Start Running Trails
1. To be one with nature – you’ll make friends with the animals, flowers and trees you encounter along the trail. Watching all of animals wake up and the sun rise along the trails is a blessing. 🦌
2. You’ll never get bored – there are no straight lines on the trails and you never know what the next curve will bring you. There are hills, downhills, down trees, water puddles, waterways, branches – the trails are always changing. If you ran the same trail all year round, the scenery would change often with the weather and seasons.
3. Escape the concrete jungle – we spend most of our waking hours in the city – working, going to school, running errands, taking care of business…a change of scenery is therapeutic.
4. It’s still, quiet, and peaceful – there is no road noise, horns blowing and you don’t have to dodge traffic or people (except the occasional bike rider). The noises of the city are replaced with birds chirping, leaves rustling, water flowing. Your mind gets quiet and relaxed. There is peace.
5. It challenges you – you’ll want to push yourself. You might start by walking the hills then before you know it, you’ll be running more of the hills than you walk. You may have to jump over puddles or holes and climb over or under limbs. The trails require you to be agile, providing you with a great full body workout.
6. It’s easier on your body – trail running is easier on my knees and joints than running on pavement. The terrain is softer. The changing terrain of the trails strengthens muscles that support your legs and feet.
7. Breath fresh air – and hot & humid most months in Louisiana (LOL). Tired of inhaling the fumes courtesy of industry of the city? Go for a run in the woods! Running on a treadmill can’t give you fresh air of the woods.
8. It’s a slower run – trail running is more about the experience than the speed of the run.
9. You’ll get dirty, but you won’t mind – it’s inevitable with changing weather conditions and seasons. You may get wet and muddy, but it’s sure to be fun.
10. Spending time in nature will makes you happier and calms you down – it’ll boost your creativity and help you to focus on the now by clearing your thoughts – escaping your head.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your trail shoes and head to the woods. Pack some water and bug spray. If you get out there stressed, you’ll leave feeling so much better. The trails are healing!
What do you like doing to stay active? Are you a runner? Would you like to try trail running?
Let me know in the comments below.
If you’re local and care to join us for a trail run – please join us; message me for more details.
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