OK, In the year of Covid-19, we probably aren’t all running indoors in a gym on a treadmill anyway, but as Spring arrives, it’s a great time to start thinking about running outdoors if you haven’t already. The weather gets warm, the days get longer, and it’s still not too hot in most places for long, outdoor runs.
Now is also a great time to try trail running if you’ve mostly been sticking to the roads through the Winter. Trail running requires a little more concentration to avoid twisted ankles or tree branches poking you in the eye, but there’s a wonderful thrill associated with getting out into nature and just, well, running.
Being outside in the woods while running gives you a chance to be alone without being lonely. It’s a great time to reflect while running and take it all in. For this reason, I rarely wear headphones or listen to music while running outside in the woods. Instead, I take in the sounds and the sights that Nature has to offer.
Runners World has some great trail running tips for beginners. Here are some of my favorites.
- No single trail is the same.
- Keep your eyes on the trail.
- Slow down and smell the roses.
- Practice your trail skills.