|A group of Terrigal Trotters running the Patonga-|
Little Wobby trail loop in 2012
The Terrigal Trotters Facebook page was humming with comment about yesterday's trail run last night and today, most of it good-natured banter about those runners who lost their way at some point. The growth in the popularity of trail running in recent years has been dramatic, and I often ponder on its drivers.
|Another stop on the Patonga-Little Wobby loop|
|Sometimes a bit of swimming is involved|
in trail running (also on the Patonga-Little
Perhaps it's something as simple as trail-running being less damaging to the runner's body? That's not to say that it's easy, but in trail running, there is a tendency to run slower and to have the footfall, muscle and joint demands vary with each step. It's more of an all-round physical work-out, but not as tough on specific parts of the body. In long road runs, the exact same footfall is repeated with every step, as is the very specific impact on muscles and joints.
Whatever the reason or reasons, I think trail running is here to stay, for very good reasons.