Trail Running vs. Road Running: Which One Wins? (Hint: It’s Trail Running)
BY RACHEL CAVANAUGH
Still, anyone who’s ever soaked up a beautiful mountain view from the edge of a dirt trail knows that running in nature is hard to beat. “There’s little that compares to a sweeping summit view after a long, rocky, rooty climb,” says Columbia Montrail athlete Joe McConaughy. “I feel more connected and grounded in my thoughts when I'm surrounded by rivers, trees, or cactuses. It’s also a spiritual retreat, and a physically demanding activity. Mountains and technical footing prepare my body, mind, and muscles for the next big adventure.”
Whether you’re completely new to running and trying to figure out where to start, or you’re a seasoned road warrior who’s contemplating making a switch, here are some of the most compelling reasons to get into trail running. Just keep in mind that if you decide to go for it, You’ll need new gear, including trail running shoes, to stay comfortable, stay cool, and avoid being prone to injuries.