Why trail running is good for you

Reblogged from Breathe Magazine:

Trail Running has many benefits. As one of the people who’s getting addicted to this kind of running event, I can’t help myself to blog this article that I’ve read in the web yesterday and share it to everyone.

Breathe magazine has come up with a little fun illustration about trail running. Now, next time you get out for a run on your local trails, give a thought to some of these benefits and see if you can achieve point number 11.

Benefits of Trail Running

  1. Fresh Air – Although the air outside is generally cleaner than the air inside, and this is true of many running trails, there are areas that require our attention. Clean Air Champions are certainly championing this topic and they provide excellent resources for athletes throughout the world.
  2. Changing Scenery with Every Run – No two runs are the same – the way the light hits the trees, where you place your foot, the cool crisp air and the steam from your breath; it’s fluid.
  3. Love Handle Remover – Spot reduction does not work. Never did. Doing side crunches upon side crunches will not leave you feeling any better about flabby handles. Have a read through Livestrong.com’s article on running and love handles!
  4. Gives You Legs of Steel – Self explanatory. Try fell running and see what that does for “Legs of Steel.”
  5. Get to Wear Funky, Wild-Colored Shoes – This year “wild-color” is even more prominent. Have a look at some of the trail running shoes from Salomon, Merrell and The North Face.
  6. Mother Nature Provides Awesome Rest Areas – Yes she does: Rocks, Hills, Fallen Trees, Stumps…wait, stumps are man-made. Yup the trail was put there by someone or some organization and many have been carefully planned. It’s all of our responsibility to maintain the trails that we use. The IMBA have provided two great books about managing mountain biking trails.
  7. No Need to Wait for a Porta Potty – how to sh*t in the woods is a topic that has been written about, blogged about and even broadcasted on youtube. If you can master it, and make sure you clean up appropriately, your body will thank you and so will the others on the trail. And if your precision is up to spec, so will your funky, wild-colored shoes.
  8. Hard Ass is a Legitimate Compliment – toning the buttocks is a great side effect of running but now you can respond when someone calls you a hard ass. Thank you very much.
  9. You Get to Actually Use the Cool Gear you Bought at REI –That CamelBak will no longer smell like fresh plastic of a new item, but rather a musty sugar water smell from your favorite sports drink.
  10. Clears a Cluttered Mind – a typical strategy for stress release and clearing a busy mind is to run. The brain needs a lot of oxygen to function efficiently. Endurance activities, like running, increase the available oxygen in the bloodstream. More oxygen in the bloodstream means more oxygen for your brain. More oxygen to the brain means a happier brain. A happier brain means a more efficient brain and a brain more apt to handle the stresses and clutter of regular life.
  11. Puts a Big Smile on your Face – no explanation needed here if you have read the previous 10 points.

Five Things Every Runner Should Quit Doing Right Away

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via Five Things Every Runner Should Quit Doing Right Away.

When the going gets tough…quit!  This is not the type of running advice most runners expect to hear but quitting bad habits of body and mind can be just as effective as trying something new. Call it “addition by subtraction.” Instead of adding new elements to your training to get faster or break out of a rut, try subtracting these five things and you will see a drastic improvement in your running.

1.  QUIT NEGATIVE SELF TALK

Believe it or not, we have control of that little voice in our heads. Never allow it to say things like, “I can’t” or “I’ am no good at this.” Replace any negative self-talk with positive messages. During a run or a race, repeat phrases like, “I feel good. I am strong. I am relaxed. This is easy.” You will be amazed at how this little mental trick can make a big difference!

2.  QUIT MAKING EXCUSES

Running is a do-it-yourself project. No one else can do it for you. You alone must put in the work to achieve your goals. Don’t allow bad weather, busy schedules, or dead batteries in your ipod, keep you from getting in your workouts. We make time for the things that are important to us. We make excuses when we don’t follow through. Quit making up reasons you can’t and start creating ways you can!

3. QUIT LIMITING YOURSELF

To truly break through in running we have to give up self-limiting beliefs. When we believe something is impossible, it usually is. When we believe that we are made for more, we often surprise ourselves with breakthrough performances. Quit believing in your limits and remove a barrier to discovering just how far and fast you can go!

4.  QUIT COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS

You can always find someone who is slower, faster, heavier, lighter, older, or younger than you are. If you measure your success in running based on other people, you lose focus of the only person who really matters, and the only person you can control, yourself. Quit comparing yourself to others and focus on your own PR’s, goals, and personal progress. If you are making progress then you are winning and have a reason to celebrate each accomplishment!

5.  QUIT WAITING FOR SOMEDAY

Think of one thing you would like to do someday.  Maybe you want to run your first 5K, marathon, or ultra.  Maybe you want to join a running club in your area or start doing core exercises before you go to bed each night. Whatever it is, quit waiting for “someday” and get started now. The first step is the hardest and then you will have momentum to carry you. If the only thing stopping you is getting started, then make someday today!

Vince Lombardi once said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” There is a lot of wisdom in that quote, but if we know what to quit, and what to subtract from our running, we just might find ourselves one stride closer to victory.