Why Trail Running Is So Spectacular - [10 Reasons Why]

Trail Running Benefits Women Trail Runners Texas

Bored of running your regular routes in the streets? Thinking it's time to mix up your running and walking regime?

Hit the trails for fun and adventure!

The inaugural Chucks & Pearls Trail Run & Duathlon For Girls Who Run the Word will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Mix Up Your Running By Hitting The Trails

Rather than slogging it out on the boring treadmill, or pounding it out on the hard pavement & roads - trail runners & walkers enjoy their miles on scenic footpaths, beautiful countrysides and parks filled with trees, brooks, wildlife & adventure.

Trail running is perfect for managing mental health, giving your body/bones a break, connecting with nature and plain fun when splashing in mud puddles after a rain.

Trail Running is Spectacular

[👇 10 Reasons Why]

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1. Brain Power Boosted By Trail Running

Traversing and scaling the ups and downs of a trail gets your brain working in a whole new way.

Instead of mindlessly checking out or worrying about your day - you have to focus on the moment and the task at hand to avoid trips, falls, or getting lost. Running on the trails, particularly a more technical route, can be a real boost for the brain.

2. Trail Running Improves Every Element Of Your Fitness

Running on trails and granite foot paths can be better for your overall fitness than the pavement and roads you are currently running all the time.

[Check out our Trail Running Beginners Guide for insider tips if you are new*ish to trail running]. Walking in the wild provides natural ground resistance for improving length strength by running uphills and jumping over tree stumps.

Uneven ground improves ankle strength, flexibility and balance. Runners have to vary stride length to deal with roots and rocks improves agility and coordination.

Running or walking down steep hills improves leg speed and conditions muscles against impact.

Becoming a better runner/walker on the trails will enhance your performance in your races and running on the regular road.

Bonus: It also helps with your breathing and VO2 max stats

3. Running Through Nature Is Great For Mental Health

Running in through your local state park filled with trees, birds, creeks, and paths - can aid your mental wellbeing and give you much-needed headspace.

According to Rees (owner of Wild Running), "Running and walking in a trial setting ups your serotonin levels and pumps endorphins straight into your muscles.

In addition to the positive cognitive function benefit we get from trail running, doctors have documented case studies of runners who have suffered from things like depression, achieve therapeutic benefits by spending time outdoors.”

Black Female Trail Runner - Sheila Humphries - Image credit Hoka One One
Sheila Humphries, Founder - Black Trail Runners

4. It Will Improve Your Balance

Balance! In order to navigate twisty tracks, roots, rocks and rugged slopes, you put a greater demand on your body & brain for coordination & demand more stability control for running on the trails near your home.

To maintain balance, your body naturally engages your core, hips and wakes-up a stack of smaller, stabilizing muscles that rarely get used when you’re on the flat pavements and sidewalks. One lady in our tribe shared that trail running fine-tuned her sense of balance, gave her better body awareness and beautifully strong quads along with a 4-pack set of abs.

5. Every Run Feels Like A Mini Adventure

Want to go on a mini adventure, see beautiful places, find hidden spots right on your doorstep or go on a geocache run, then get on the trails.

Amazing feeling - in fact - there's nothing better than getting lost in a forest filled with singing birds or running up a hill just because it's there to see if it delivers a stunning view.

Trail running paths and park are some fantastic places just waiting to be discovered by you.

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6. Boredom Buster

Running up and down the same streets day after day can get boring. With trail running, you experience different sights, traverse various terrains, and take in different smells with every mile you cover.

Tricia shared that even on the same trails, things look different depending on the weather, time of day, season, and her mood. Besides some of the spectacular views, you never know what wildlife you’ll spot along the way some days.

7. Be One Again with Nature

Today, the majority of runners live in cities and densely populated sub-urban areas. Trail running gives you an excuse to escape for an hour or so,

Running the trails or going for a walk on a scenic trail path is a great way to get you out of the urban jungle & immerse yourself with a simpler landscape.

You probably have been ignoring it - but deep down inside we all have that yearning to reconnect with nature,” says Ceri Rees.

8. Less Pounding On Body & Joints