Yippie it is time for the trails!!
Do you like to hike or trail run? Summer in the Northwest is our favorite time to hit the trails and go exploring.
No matter what your fitness goals are, even if you don't think you are a trail runner or hiker, adding in a few trips to the trails (either running or hiking or both) can provide a host of benefits we bet even you have not realized.
When your Saturday run has you doing a bunch of this:
It can spark a debate over the wisdom of running versus walking when you’re heading up the steep stuff. And in Seattle, we are lucky enough to have a lot of the steep stuff! Should you always run up hills and stairs? Or are there times when walking or fast hiking are the better choice?
Sometimes the answer depends on what your goals are for a particular training run or race. Are you building strength on hill repeats? Are you working to understand what your perceived exertion is when your run a hill? Or do want to use your available energy most efficiently? Other times, you may just need to listen to what your body’s telling you.