Running Tips - Which Type Of Running Is Best For You
Running through forests or parks on prescribed paths of bark chips or wood mulch is already widespread in America, and is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as more and more woodlands are opened to the public and nature trails are put down. Trail running has got a reputation as "cross country for wimps", simply because public Health & Safety requirements mean that these pathways have to avoid so many of nature's inherent hazards. But take no notice of such talk.
Although trail running might not be sufficiently taxing for the real hard-core runners, for the rest of us it is about as perfect a situation as anybody could hope for. You are close to nature, but it's nature that's managed to such a degree it's not scary at all - for that reason personal safety is much greater.
Also most woodlands are far more interesting than most streets, you are removed from traffic hazards and pollution, and the prepared surface will have enough cushion to make it easy on your knees and ankles, but not so much give as to work against you.