Trail Running! What's that?
Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010
The fastest growing type of running races in America is trail running. Runners in growing numbers are veering off concrete and blacktop onto dirt, grass, rock, and gravel. Trail running provides a more comprehensive workout than flat-land running, because hill climbing and obstacles engage the muscles of the abdomen, chest, back, and shoulders. For all the pain it may inflict, trail running is easier on joints. Much of the growth of the sport is coming from road racers whose bodies and physicians urged them to stop running on concrete. Trails are a lot kinder to your body than hard surfaces.
I have not heard of any trail running races in Maine yet, but they will soon be coming. So start preparing. Instead of hiking your favorite trails, put on your running shoes.