I know how lucky I am to have such a trail running paradise quite literally on my backdoor step. But how can you get better at running offroad if distance, work, family mean you can’t get out to the trails as often as you would like?
Take a few moments to think about the last time you ran offroad…..
Chances are compared to running on road, your whole body had to constantly adapt to an ever changing surface, your brain had to work harder to be alert for different routes or indeed roots! Chances are you didn’t run in a straight line, you probably jumped over puddles, maybe climbed over a style, found your feet stuck in mud or puffed your way up a hill. Getting the picture. If you want to get better at running trail without running trail, you need to add variety and challenge. Here are a few ideas to shake up your training and get trail ready:
Could this mean you get a few funny looks when you are next out on the streets? (all relative – I wear a wetsuit when training for swimrun!) Well yes maybe, but you will be safe in the knowledge that you have added some fun and challenge to your running and you will be one hopscotch nearer to being trail ready.