5 Reasons to Try Trail Running

Many runners who've spent years running "serious" road and track races tend to look suspiciously on the recent growth and popularity of trail running events. After all, how can you possibly set a new PR on a course that offers hills, uneven footing, narrow trails with little room for passing and even—gasp—non-certified courses?

Even training out on the trail may seem a bit too casual, after all, serious runners should be out on the track or measured road courses where you can keep track of your pace and time and compare the efforts, right?

The truth is that for both new and experienced runners, trail running offers a number of benefits that can help you enjoy your running more, protect yourself from injuries, and even improve your race times on the roads and on the track. Here are some of the advantages that trail running has to offer:

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