British Summer Time Begins! And that means one thing for us SE Fitness – evening groups are back in Sutton Park. Time to celebrate!
Trail running brings a whole set of new challenges so please follow these tips!
No trail is the same and even the same trail will pose different challenges on different days depending on weather. There are a variety of obstacles such as tree roots, rocks, mud and hills. This makes trail running more interesting and dynamic but requires your concentration to run it safely.
Trail running is more demanding and so you will feel more tired. Slow the pace down and try to find a new rhythm especially for the first few weeks.
Keep your eyes on the trail. The scenery may be stunning but stay focussed. Make sure you can see where you are putting your feet which means not running too closely behind the person in front of you.
Be aware of other park users. Please be aware of and courteous to other park users. As a general rule we keep to the right hand side and allow bikes to pass on the left. Take care of dogs as the biggest risk is tripping. Run past the cows quietly so as not to disturb them.
Accessories. As summer moves on bug spray is a great idea to protect from bites.
Technique. You need to lift feet higher to avoid rocks and roots and use your arms keep your elbows wider to help with balance on challenging routes.
Build strength and balance. Introduce balance and strength exercises into your routine. We do some of this during our warm up such as squats and lunges. Other ones to add at home might be calf raises and bridge. A wobble board is a great way to develop strong ankles.
The more you run on the trails the better you become so I’d urge you to get out there with us and make the most of Spring!