Top 5 Things that Will Make You a Better Trail Runner + Our Top 5 Local Trail Running Spots
For most of us running is a love/hate relationship. When it’s a good run day we love it, but when our legs feel like they weigh 100 pounds each it hurts and we want to quit. Here are 5 things you can incorporate and make your next trail run feel great!
1. Slow Down
Slow down until everything feels easier. Workouts matter, but what matters the most is low-level aerobic development from easy running, which improves slow-twitch muscle-fiber efficiency.
2. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Embracing discomfort, rather than trying to avoid it or distract ourselves from it, we perform better and are happier in the process. What you think is pain from running up a hill is just a few thoughts of worry. Talk to yourself and say, “Settle down brain, I am not going to die from this hill, I promise.”
3. The 80/20 Rule
Consider running mostly easy, which limits how much stress the body experiences. A good general rule is that at least 80 percent of your running should be relaxed and conversational, with little resistance at all.
4. Eat Up
Eat up and eat well. Inadequate calories can actually contribute to higher injury rates. Good fuel can actually help you muscles recover.
5. Do the little things
Hydrate. Foam roll. Get plenty of rest. Take magnesium. Strength train. It’s the little things that will add up to big results.
Where does Rev3Endurance LOVE to Run?
1. Manassas Battlefield, Manassas
2. Cross County Trail, Great Falls -Lorton
3. Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station
4. Wakefield Park, Annandale
5. Ellenor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly