11.09.13 • 1:55:pm #496
Normally, I run within my neighborhood on the road. Typically the very same route. Today I ran some local trails and really got the chance to connect with nature. Frogs jumping in the puddles, birds chirping, and the leaves crunching under foot. Minimal number of people on the trails hiking and mountain biking, so it was very quiet. Plenty of fall foliage to look at here in southern New England. #brilliantrun11.12.13 • 8:36:am #500
I run almost exclusively on trails at a place called Shaker Town in KY. there are miles of trails and I never tire of the challenge. I’m relatively new to running and find the trails to be very motivating. I have also found that the trail running has significantly strenthened my knees as with every step multiple muscles are engaged to stabilize my legs. I did not see the same benefit from road running11.12.13 • 11:58:am #505
This was my first al tril run. I have done obstacle races that bring you out onto trails, though. I really noticed all the different muscles that were used the next day! I won’t make trail running my go to run since I’d have to drive to them to have access. But, I will definitely do another all trail before we get bogged down with snow.11.14.13 • 10:21:am #511
@bbredar – Interesting note about your knees! I’ve got arthritis in my knees and am always trying to find new/better ways to keep them healthy and not hurting. I’ve even touted to others the benefits of trail running for using more and different muscles in your legs, but never equated it with knee health. Hitting trails is tough for me (I live in a city and don’t own a car), but I can definitely be running on grass more…and probably enticing running buddies with cars into trail runs.11.14.13 • 3:41:pm #513
@monotonoussarah , hello fellow Massachusetts resident! There are some great state parks and reservations in the state. If you have the opportunity to try them, take it! Check out http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/
Have a #brilliantrun !11.15.13 • 8:23:am #514
I’ve only been running for less than a year and when I started, gosh every joint in my body ached! I kept plugging along and the aches became less noticable. Now I seek out trails that include rocks and other obstacles that I can jump and dodge. As previously stated I have noticed a big change in my knees and ankles. My quads and calves still get pumped and may ache a little the next day but it is normal fatigue after a good work out. I also notice how my gait changes throughout the run from small careful quick steps to more aggresive longer strides on smoother terrain. Similar to interval training. I really enjoy the challenge. Hate the hills! This year they started a half mile cross country run and my goal is to enter, however I’m about 6 or 7 miles short now! LOL12.30.13 • 11:38:am #579
Browns Summit, NC
Some of the most beautiful runs in the Greensboro, NC area are around our three Watershed lakes: Lake Townsend, Lake Brandt and Lake Higgins. Some single-track, some rough-paved, and some paved Greenway trails. My favorite are the single track with all the roots, rocks, mud, leaves and incredible beauty and variety of nature. If you are a distance runner and want a full-on baptism in the Greensboro trail system, Try the Triple-Lakes Ultra, typically in the autumn. Half, Marathon or 40 Mile. http://triplelakesrace.com/event-details/
Have fun out there!
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