Trail running at Bear Mountain ResortJanuary 21, 2016
One of the best ways to avoid injury as a runner is to vary your workouts. I like to mix up my training with trail runs 1 – 2 times per week. Bear Mountain Resort and the surrounding area is a mountain biker and trail runner’s paradise. Running and biking around the Bear Mountain Resort is a great way to get yourself in shape for any of the four events that make up the 2016 Bear Mountain Run Series. In this article, I will help you get safely started as trail runner.
Trail running has many advantages. Trails are softer than roads and road bike trails. Which means that running on trails results in less pounding on your feet and legs. Trails are typically hilly and often steeper than roads, which helps to build strength in your ankles, feet and legs. The terrain of most trails is uneven, so it’s perfect for forcing the tendons through your legs to stabilize during impact.
This overall strengthening effect is not just limited to your lower body, but considering the absence of people on trails, when you’re pushing the pace on your own, trail running builds your confidence to finish hard at the end of a race. Trail running is fun. Where else do you get to hop over logs, stomp through the mud and dodge under tree limbs. Running on trails isn’t only great for runners, but it also awesome for triathletes and cyclists.
Trail running tips.
1) Don’t Rush
If it’s the first time you’ve been on the trail, go slow until your familiar with the terrain, all the turns and obstacles. Things can go wrong and first aid may be necessary if you run too fast and fall. I’ve twisted my ankle a few times over the years. It was a long way to “hobble” back to the parking lot.
If you’re going to run regularly on trails consider getting a pair of shoes specifically for trail running. These shoes provide additional support and padding not found in regular running shoes. If you’re on vacation and just going for a run on trails such as those around Bear Mountain Resort, you probably don’t need to make such an investment. Just remember, go slow, watch where you’re going and enjoy the scenery.
If you are going out for a longer run (4-5+ miles), I recommend you bring some water. You can carry it in your hand, strap it to a belt or carry on your back. Mountain streams may appear to be safe, but I wouldn’t risk it.
Apply some insect repellent before you run. If you’re trail running in warm/dry weather, you don’t want to suffer from bug bites.
5) Run with someone
This is particularly important when you’re running in an area for the first time and if you’re going for a long run. Unless it’s a busy trail, it may be necessary for someone to run back and get help if necessary.
6) Run to your abilities
Choose a route based on your capabilities. I recommend starting with a 2-3 mile trail that has some climbing and change of terrain, but not too much.
7) Enjoy the scenery
The trails around Bear Mountain Resort are among the most scenic in British Columbia. It’s okay to walk, so don’t worry about your time. If you can take your phone with you and take some photos.
Guest Blogger – Dan Lyne
Author Bio: Dan Lyne is a long distance runner from Camas, WA. With over 36 years of running experience, he specializes in coaching long distance runners and helping them achieve their half and full marathon goals through his website, middleagemarathoner.com.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is based on the author’s personal experience and thorough personal studies. The information provided here is designed to help you make informed decisions about your health. It is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor or physical therapist. All forms of exercise pose some inherent risks. The author advises readers to take full responsibility for their safety and know their limits. There is no guarantee that you will experience the same results & benefits as presented and you accept the risk that the results can differ by individual.