Sometimes it can be refreshing to take a break from your usual running routes and explore somewhere new. Today I went completely off the beaten track and discovered a fabulous countryside trail route, with views such as this…
When I say the terrain was fairly varied, what I mean is that it consisted of tall-grass fields, masses of fern plants, uneven hills and more stinging nettles than I care to remember. Oh and a few stiles, gates and barbed-wire fences thrown in for good measure. All part of the off-road experience!
Along the way I even saw a few deer, which was an unexpected surprise! Though I wasn’t quick enough to take a photo and I think I may have scared them away while squealing at the sheer quantity of stinging nettles attacking my legs. It really wasn’t the best occasion to wear shorts and road trainers, now, was it? Next time my faithful Salomon Speedcross 3’s will be put to good use!
I hadn’t planned to do an off-road run today, but was so glad to have done it afterwards. I find that often those days when you least feel up to it can be the best days to run. Getting out into the wilderness provides an ideal break from the busyness of everyday life and, with just the sounds of nature to accompany you, you’re bound to feel more relaxed and rejuvenated following your run.
Plus, the lower impact of trail running on your joints has been found to entail a whole host of injury-prevention benefits. Not to mention the strength and stamina to be gained from running up hills! What’s not to like?
Do you prefer road running or trail running?