Let me preface all of this by stating up front that trailing running is not the easiest running you will ever do. Will you run the same pace you run on the road, no. Will you run as far as you run on the road, no again. What trail running will do for you is help strengthen your core, ankles, calfs, quads, and hamstrings while improving your cardiovascular health and at the same time help protect your knees and ankles with a softer base to help absorb the impact. I don't know about everyone else but as I age, I need to protect my joints and muscles as much as possible so I can keep doing the things I love. Stretching everyday is another great way to maintain strength and flexibility as we age, but that's another issue. Anyway, it just makes sense to take advantage of something that is available everywhere, will improve your overall health and strength, and cost nothing. The other great benefit I have found from doing some consistent trail training is that I can generally run further, faster, and with less effort out on the road. That alone should be incentive enough for most runners. Improve your times with nothing more than a change of venue for your training runs. Now that's powerful stuff.
|Adidas Vigor TR 2|
is your footwear. I cannot say this enough; Trail Shoes Trail Shoes Trail Shoes. I have run trails in both regular road shoes and trail specific shoes and there is no comparison with regards to comfort and stability on the trails. Plus, who wants to run through a muddy creek in their favorite running shoes. Trails shoes are made specifically to perform in adverse conditions. I have run in several different manufacturers shoes, but I must say my current favorite is the Adidas Vigor. I purchased this pair recently and went for my first run in them about a week ago. I was surprised to find how well the tread gripped the varying material on the trails and how stable they felt. I also found them well cushioned and left my feet feeling relaxed after a long run. As for socks, I highly recommend getting some crew running socks like the Balega Trail Buster II.
|Balega Trail Buster II|