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The Fascination of Trailrunning

Ten Reasons to Start Trailrunning

No other running sport is as close to nature and holistic for body and soul as trail running. Away from large crowds of people and asphalt roads, you run on small paths through parks and forests, through low or high mountains. ISPO.com lists 10 reasons to start with trail running.

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Trail running, also called landscape, folk or forest running, uses the local conditions of nature for training. The parks and riverside paths of the big cities come into question as well as the paths in the surrounding forests or fields. In contrast to long-distance or cross-country running, trailrunning does not have any marked-out courses. Ground conditions and distance vary - just put on the right trailrunning shoes and off you go.

 

Reason #1 - Trailrunning as a Change from Jogging

Jogging is too monotonous in the long run? Then let's get out of the eternally same round in the city district and into the surrounding area: trails in parks, hiking trails in meadows and forests, exercise trails, forest roads or gravel paths are suitable for trail running. Uphill and downhill gradients are considered natural obstacles and are seen as an additional boost for more fitness.

Reason #2 - Trailrunning Is Possible Everywhere

To start trail running, you don't need smooth roads, a treadmill or a sports field with laid out lanes. On every coast, in every grove, on every field there are trails that can be used for outdoor running. Whether on holiday or at home, trail running goes everywhere.

Reason #3 - Trailrunning Means "Back to the Roots"

If the hype about fashion-conscious and technologically controlled equipment for jogging with full networking via smartphone, headphones, heart rate monitor and GPS goes too far, trail running is an original way of running. It is no coincidence that this sport is also known as popular running. All developments in modern running can, if desired, also be combined with trail running.

Reason #4 - Trailrunning Is Considered to Be Close to Nature

In times of eco and organic, trail running is considered a sustainable answer to cross-country running and long-distance training in sports clubs. There is no need to mark out courses or build sports fields. Trail running takes place on the already existing paths and trails in the area. In the best case it can start right in front of the door. If at the beginning asphalt roads are included before the next forest path or park is reached, one speaks of Urban Trail Running or Citytrail.

Reason #5 - Trailrunning Is Free of Charge

Those who do not register for official trail running events do not have to pay anything for running on public paths: no club membership, no course fee. That saves costs. You remain flexible: in terms of time, location and also the duration of the training.

Reason #6 - Trailrunning Is Easy on the Joints

Compared to training on asphalt roads or the sports field with plastic tracks, hard surfaces made of ash or cinder, running on lightly surfaced meadow and forest paths is much gentler on the joints. If you can include sandy paths in your training, you run particularly smoothly. This also applies to so-called fin tracks, which are covered with sawdust or bark mulch.



Reason #7 - Trailrunning Requires Many Muscle Groups

On the one hand, sinking into soft ground or on gravel and scree slopes during trail running means a more intensive training of feet and legs. On the other hand, the sense of balance is put under greater strain, which activates many muscle groups. This also trains coordination and concentration.

Reason #8 - Everyone Trains at Their Own Level

Trail running means freedom of choice: with or without gradients, on even or changing surfaces - everyone trains at their own level of difficulty. And for those who (sometimes) can't find the time for extensive cross-country training: With trail running, you can train extremely intensively on demanding trails, even in shorter durations.

Reason #9 - A New Look at Familiar Places

Trail running improves the knowledge of the place. It opens up unknown paths, which promises variety and possibly interesting discoveries not far from your own front door. Whether industrial wasteland or natural beauty, there are exciting things to see everywhere. And if you meet other people during trail running, they are probably not the same as on the always same jogging tour.

Reason #10 - Connection with Other Sports

Trail running can be understood as pure long distance running in the landscape or as an extended obstacle course. Everyone can choose the route according to their preferences and level of fitness. You don't need much equipment. The normal running equipment is usually well suited. Only the right trail running shoes are needed. From a leisurely endurance run along the riverbank to a several-day crossing of the Alps over hill and dale - trail running has many facets. The term cross trail refers to mountain runs that take place on trails (on trail). The most extreme form of trail running is the trail adventure. Here (off trail) in steep alpine terrain on scree and rock over streams and fallen trees.

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