Running off-road, or trail running, improves balance, coordination, strength, and keeps you on your toes so to speak. Trail running requires more focus on where you’re going to put your foot with each step and how you’re going to take the next hill.
Trail running is also a great break from the everyday road run; both mentally and physically. So if you can get out and get away, here is some helpful advice for tackling the dirt.
Get Wide and High
To help with your balance, try keeping your arms (elbows) a little wider apart while running. Lift your feet higher off the ground to avoid rocks, debris and whatever else you find on the path.
Eyes on the Trail
Keep your eyes on the trail and focus on where you’re going to take your next step. Avoid looking up while running – instead, look ahead about three feet and see where you’re going to step for the next four to six strides.