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Why Should You go Trail Running?

posted by Chris Barber

Why should you go trail running?  Because it’s awesome.  There you have it.  Or because I do it.  Double awesome.  Seriously though, as Memorial Day weekend approaches I encourage you to take a day, grab a couple of friends, a camera so you can add pictures to, and whatever else you need and go trail running!


Trail running is a great way to escape your normal life and experience nature.  I prefer trail running to road running any day of the week…except the days that attractive people are out running on roads.  But when I want to feel my run, realize my run, and experience my run, I head for the trails.  I want to be one; with my run.

Trail running is optimal for experiencing the environment because the pace is perfect.  You’re not slashing through trees and hopping over rocks like a mountain biker.  Also, you’re not taking so much time to traverse the trail that you aren’t able to see and experience everything which can happen when day hiking.  Trail running is just right.

I also encourage you to go trail running because it takes very little capital requirements.  You don’t need a fancy bike or a top of the line backpack to trail run, you just need your two feet.  Well, maybe you should get some trail running shoes to put on those two feet.  I know, you only need two feet to go on a day hike too, but that just sounds lame to me.  My Mom goes on day hikes.  My grandparents used to take a day hike everyday.  You’re a little more extreme than that.  You are a runner.  You run everyday.  Tell hiking to take a hike.  Zing!

So search for a local trail, take a short drive, and go trail running this Memorial Day weekend.  You’ll enjoy it.


  1. Dad says:

    …and your Dad has run trails for years..long before it was declared cool to do this. His HS XC course was on a trail/old dirt road on Jump Off Rock in Laural Park near Hendersonville, NC. He also ran trails behind his house on Long John Mountain in Hendersonville. And today he often runs the Milton HS XC course on trails in Alpharetta. Trails are great places to run and far better than asphalt.

    1. Chris Barber says:

      Oh, I just got a message. Apparently running on trails has now been declared “uncool.” Thanks for the comment, Dad. Honestly, when did you learn to use a computer anyways?

  2. Amy Reinink says:

    Thanks for the motivation, and for the great pics. Any tips for trail-racing? Trying to go fast on the trails seems highly inadvisable to a klutz like me, but the challenge is enticing.

    1. Chris Barber says:

      Of course. Look no further than my older blog posts. You can find these by using the search option on the top right. This post is good for how you should mentally go about attacking a fast trail race vs. a fast road race:

      or for techniques of how to mitigate the risk of running fast while running a trail race:

      Note: Please notice the two pictures on these blog posts aren’t exactly the same. I don’t repeat pictures. : )

      Also, if you are concerned about falling then here are some things you can work on to avoid it:

      but if you do go down like we all do eventually, you want to do it correctly:

      Hope this helps!