Getting into trail running is easier than you may think and a countryside path, or trail around a city park is a good place to start. These changeable surfaces can build up strength and refine your technique, helping you to stay injury free for longer. When road running, the physical actions can become unchanging and repetitive, but trail running can be a stimulating, 3 dimensional experience. Watching out for the different surfaces, steep ups and downs, the scenery, the peace and quiet, all add to an experience that is both mentally and physically challenging.
A strong core, positive foot placements, a good posture and quick reactions are just a few of the things that trail running will provide. Yes, like all forms of exercise it takes practice and a steady build up, but if you get it right the health benefits of trail running are significant. Not only will you be using more muscles, but the variety of terrain will also make you stronger and improve your endurance. Your joints will also thank you too as you move away from the hard impacts of the road surface.
Even if you are a dedicated road runner, the trails can still offer a means of ramping up your training and improving your time. The benefits of trail running as an aid to your road running are widely recognised and most club runners will tell you how the cross-country season provides them with a lot of strength for the road and track season ahead.