Why Triathletes Should Go Trail Running

BE A BETTER YOU

Your body has a lot to gain from trail running.

If you're a road runner...
You have: Cardiovascular stamina, leg strength, good bone density
You'll gain: Core strength, intrinsic muscle strength, balance, agility

If you're a road cyclist...
You have: Cardiovascular stamina, leg strength (singular plane/circular)
You'll gain: Core strength, dynamic leg strength, increased cardiovascular strength (your legs keep moving downhill), increased bone density from the impact of running, increased balance, increased agility

If you're a mountain biker...
You have: Cardiovascular stamina, leg strength (singular plane/circular), some core strength
You'll gain: Increased core strength, dynamic leg strength, increased cardiovascular strength (your legs keep moving downhill), increased bone density from the impact of running, increased balance, increased agility, another perspective of the trails you love (and access to some you can't ride)

If you're a swimmer...
You have: Cardiovascular stamina, core strength, upperbody strength
You'll gain: Improved cardiovascular stamina, leg strength, increased core strength, increased bone density from the impact of running, balance, agility, a change of scenery from the bottom of the pool

Trailhead is a witty, fun guide to all things trail running. Veteran trail runner, triathlete, and adventure racer Lisa Jhung offers this illustrated pocket guide to all runners curious about running off road or wanting to run farther into the backcountry. She offers authoritative advice on everything from how to find good trails to run, how to choose the best shoes and clothing, how to carry enough water, and how to stay safe from wildlife and weather.

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Republished with permission of VeloPress from Trailhead: The Dirt on All Things Trail Running by Lisa Jhung with illustrations by Charlie Layton. For more, click here.

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