Now that the snow is finally behind most of us for the season, many of you may be moving your runs from the sidewalk or pavement to woodsy trails. Here are some tips for a smooth transition, and things to keep in mind when hitting the trails.
- Invest in some sturdy trail running shoes. They support your feet so much better than basic sneakers. Plus, they're usually a little darker-colored, so they won't show mud as easily.
- Start off on flat trails. The uneven terrain is hard enough to get used to without adding hills into the mix.
- Pay attention to the ground. Rocks, fallen branches, and tree roots have thrown me to the ground many times. Luckily I only ended up with a few bruises and scrapes, but if you fall the wrong way, you could tear a muscle, twist an ankle, or sprain a wrist.
- This may seem obvious, but avoid stepping in puddles or mud. If your feet get wet, it's a good way to end up with a painful blister.
- Gradually add inclines and declines to your runs. If