Did the title of this post grab your attention? I hope so as I enjoy putting my thoughts and musings out into the web, and it's true that from some of the photos I share of my trail running, it looks amazing. But that's half the story as some of these trails are tough to get up and down and even the easy ones can catch you out.
So what do I mean by catching you out. Well there are some nice flat gravel or dirt trails that you can happily cycle on, jog or walk your dog on and then there are those that throw in a good measure of tree roots and boulders as big as baby heads. Some trails throw in mud, marsh, dry river beds, wet river beds, steep inclines, edges that you wouldn't want to go over, snowy summits and creek crossings.
So in other words the trails that I enjoy tend to have everything you would expect in the back country and sometimes a bit more thrown in for good measure. Why do I enjoy this you ask? Well I like to challenge myself and pit myself against the trail. I also thinks it's great fun and the reward is getting out to places very few people other than hikers and other trail runners get to.
There is a down side to these technical trails though and that's the increased likelihood of injury. This could be a slip/fall, being attacked by the wildlife as let's not forget there are bears, coyotes and cougars out there.
A prime example is I have rolled my ankle twice this year, and we are only half way through the year. A friend rolled both his ankles on the trail last weekend and another friend hurt his back not once but twice on a creek crossing a few weeks back. I'm not saying road running is not without its dangers as you got traffic around you but at least that's one less worry when trail running ;)
With injuries come downtime, and people who have partners that are runners or who have friends who are runner, know how frustrated runners get when they can not run. I have learnt to cope with this issue by cross training such as using an elliptical machine or cycling. Also foam rolling and stretching helps to rehab and keep your mind off the injury.
So yes its great conquering those trails and seeing the beauty of nature but it's not always giggles and unicorns, but then if it was easy then everyone would want to do it :)