24 Nov '16, 8am

4 reasons you should run hard on trails

4 reasons you should run hard on trails

Runners usually think of trails as a nice place for an easy run — soft surfaces, tweeting birds, and so on — and reserve hard workouts for the track or the roads. After all, how are you supposed to hit your goal pace with all those rocks and roots? But what doesn't trip you makes you stronger: Learning to run fast on uneven terrain has benefits that translate to any surface. You'll build strength, improve balance, and hone your inner pace sense — not to mention your mental toughness. Here's how. Stay accountable Moving an interval workout from the track (pace-based) to the trail (time- and effort-based) can offer a mental break, but don't let such workouts become a vacation. Every other week, do a series of out-and-back repeats (6 x 3:00 with 1:30 rest, for example). Pick a starting point along the trail and mark it with a stick; run hard for 3:00, then mark your end point...

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