Trail Running Makes You Stronger
There is no debate that trail running is different then running on the road. There are many benefits to running on trails and at this time of year, you want to bullet proof your body. Speed is not important in February, strength is. The stronger you are going into your main training for a triathlon or a marathon the healthier you’ll remain. Trail running is absolutely great at making you stronger. Here’s Why:
Ask an Ultra Runner
Other than the very front pack runners, have you ever seen a rail thin ultra runner. Most are quite stocky with legs that look more like lumber jack legs than runner legs. Those are legs built up from years and mega miles on the trail. It’s sheer proof of how strong you can get by running trails. Back that down to early season running. Spend a few weeks doing your long runs on trails and you’ll notice the difference when it comes to any race specific training you do. Of course if you are an Ultra Runner you know the benefits already.
- The steep hills and fast steep down hills build pure leg strength.
- The top 5 running injuries in no particular order are: Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints, Runner’s (Patella Tendon) Knee, IT Band Syndrome. Notice anything? There is not a muscle in that group. It’s all connective tissue. Running on trails works that connective tissue and the muscles around them like road running can’t. This keeps the connnectors supple and the muscles strong.
- Serenity – get off the roads away from the cars and life quiets down.