Trail Running: A Great Fall Activity
Give into your sense of adventure and hit the trails this fall!
Go for a Run This Fall
Trail running is one of the best ways to enjoy nature, and fall is the best time of year to take all that beauty in. There’s something really liberating about blazing through a trail that’s covered in those beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves that mark the season. Get ready for your next adventure with these tips:
Don’t Be a Hunchback Runner
After a while on the trail, it’s common that you let yourself bend over. However, this is not the best idea. When your body is in that position, you make it hard for your lungs to breathe. Make sure you run tall and if you start running out of breath, slow down instead of sacrificing posture.
Use Different Strategies Uphill and Downhill
When you’re running upwards you’ll need a shorter stride and also want to run with your entire foot on the ground, as running on your tiptoes will take a toll on your calves. When going down the hill, try to avoid braking yourself and let loose a bit more without losing control. It will make it easier on your legs.
Plan Your Next Move
Know where you’re stepping and plan your moves ahead of time. You can come up with a strategy as soon as you see fallen tree branches, dips or bumps so you can easily run through them.
Run for Time
It doesn’t have to be about how far you go. Focus on time instead and realize that it will be different from your road running PR if you have one.
Allow Yourself to Appreciate Nature
Even if you’re running for time, don’t be pressed for it. You’re out in the great outdoors, so allow yourself to take it all in. Treat yourself to a little break, have a snack to fuel up while you admire the mesmerizing beauty of those colorful trees.
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and it only lasts four months. Don’t wait another minute. Get a good workout in while you immerse yourself in the beautiful Colorado outdoors. With such gorgeous sceneries, why not enjoy them?