It’s easy to get burnt out on running. Whether your knees are on fire, your ankles torn up from falling off of sidewalks or your hearing lost due to MP3 brownout, you may need to revamp your running routine. Boredom and burnout are normal, and lets face it, no matter how many hills, turns or people, a road is a road is a road. It’s time for you to break out of your runners box.
1. Solitude, it’s good for the soul.
Sure, you’ve heard all about the benefits of meditation, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could get the same things from you run? You already know that strenuous exercise fills you with the endorphins that we all love and that it’s great for relieving stress, so why wouldn’t you want to pick a place where you can naturally let the stress go?
Trail running will let you into a world of quiet and calm. You don’t need to worry about cars, kids or getting the trash out on time. You can simply run in nature. Maybe you’ve been clinging to that music player, the volume turned up to overcome the noise of your neighbors and their daily routine. When you finally get out on a trail, you don’t need to worry about anything other than you and nature. You can let your mind wander, you can even learn to let it stay still and forget about everything except how you feel.
2. It’s easier on your body.
You already know that running on concrete isn’t good for your joints, so why not try to get off of the man made material for a while? When you hit the trail you’re running on what mother nature intended for your joints. You’ll even have the extra benefit of using all those other wonderful muscle fibres you never knew you had when you’re trying to stabelize yourself.
3. It’s a new place every day.
You can switch up trails frequently, but one of the big benefits is that when you’re on a trail, things change on their own. Sure, you probably noticed when your neighbor down the street got locked out of his house or seen the poor accountant running to his sidewalk in the rain with a trash bag just as the truck goes past, but for the most part, every day will be the same.
It’s easy to get in a rut when you’re always looking at the same streets, but if you run on a trail, you’ll likely never see the same thing twice. Trees fall, animals are up before you are, and the seasons will always be changing right before your eyes. You’ll be able to give running in snow shoes a shot, you’ll be able to see spring in full bloom without the pre planned landscaping and brought in pear trees. You’ll find a new type of motivation, you won’t just be running in nature, you’re going to be integrating back into nature.
Trail running is a whole new world for the uninitiated, but one worth every drop of sweat and even a bit of a drive. It’s something that everyone should build into their running routine. Trail running will enable even the most burnt out runners to get back to what running is all about: running.