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 Trail Running Helps Prevent Injuries
Submitted by swrittenb :: Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:02 pm
The shoes we run in today are great for reducing impact. There are a myriad of devices, gels, air channels, etc., designed to lesson the compressive loads on the joints and body. One drawback, however, is that if you do most of your running on even, paved surfaces, the lower leg muscles and joints don't have to work as hard to stabilize. Joint stability and integrity is crucial for injury prevention. That's where trail running comes in. Trifuel offers this recipe for strengthening the lower leg muscles through runs over uneven terrain.

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Kansas, OK
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
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Re: Trail Running Helps Prevent Injuries Posted: Mon Dec 20, 2004 12:43 pm 

I'm still a new runner that has run exclusively on treadmills for 4 1/2 months. I visited my mom this last weekend and didn't have access to a treadmill. I put on sweats and headed outdoor. I did 6 miles over some pretty hilly terrain (a relative term to be sure). Also, the road had no shoulder. When a car would come by (ALL of the time it seemed) I would hop off the road onto the side. The side of the road was grassy and fairly steep with uneven footing. Overall the run felt pretty good. I had a great time. I shouldn't have timed myself though. I was disappointed in how much slower I was over the 6 miles. But hey, with the wind and hills (and cold!) I guess that was to be expected. My legs felt fatigued the rest of the day and Sunday is my running day off and they ached then a bit too. I ran today (Monday) and felt pretty good. I look forward to running outdoors again soon.

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
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Re: Trail Running Helps Prevent Injuries Posted: Mon Dec 20, 2004 3:15 pm 

Yeah, battling with cars is no fun. Before your next outdoor run, you might try scouting the neighborhood for streets with a sidewalk or a wide, flat shoulder. Or better yet, look for a bike path or other trail, so you don't need to worry about cars at all.

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