There are numerous benefits to running off pavement – here’s a few off the top of my head.
1) Running on organic matter like dirt, leaves, wood, gravel and pine needles reduces the impact on the knees and lowers the strain on the body’s connective tissue. You are less likely to experience knee pain, shin splints and body aches. 2) Limitless fresh air and less pollution is invigorating. 3) Varied terrain keeps the ankles and knees strong while making the runs more engaging and interesting 4) Aerobic threshold and red line training via hills and stairs is vital to improving the aerobic capacity of the heart as well as improving the ability of your body to transport and utilize oxygen. 5) No Traffic – $#@*!! … Need I say more? 6) Besides improvements to your body’s overall aerobic power, balance, and connective tissue... mountain running also provides the mental toughness and confidence associated with fartlek training.
What is fartlek? (Oh - excuse me!) Ha Ha - No really, it’s Swedish for “speed play”. By adjusting the speed and intensity of training and you can stress the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems which can progressively overload your body and cause the training adaption you’re looking for. It also feels good. Why? When you exercise in this capacity you body produces more of the good hormones like endorphins and serotonin. These do natural wonders to your body like lift your mood, lower your blood pressure, and increase your desire for healthy eating. It will help you feel energized and even make you sleep better at night. Farlek training is a perfect base to commence high intensity training in preparing for other sports. Generally speaking – it can benefit every part of your life.
Commencing March 3rd and until May 26th (12 weeks) I will be organizing a trail running clinic and periodized running program to help you actualize your athletic best for the summer of 2010. The cost is $250.00 for 10 sessions over a 12 week period (allowing two extra weeks for missed sessions). I have space for 10 runners in the program, and 8 seats for transport per week.
Sound Appealing? I can help you accomplish all this and more. Just drop me a line at the email above.