Your Guide to Running Terrains
No matter what your level of running may be, whether it’s beginner or expert, something you need to be aware of in terms of your work out is what terrain it is you are running on. The ground we run on can make a huge difference to the way we work out and each has different benefits for us so it is worth getting to grips with what exactly they are and what it is they can do for us. Let’s take a look at the three main terrains you will likely be dealing with when training and how they affect your body and your results after your workout.
Anyone who does the majority of their workouts at their local gym will likely be well acquainted with the treadmill, it’s a great way to get in regular runs, particularly for those just starting out. What’s good about a treadmill is that dreary or extreme weather conditions won’t stop you from being able to get in your schedule track time. The gym is both sheltered from the outdoors and likely air conditioned too so any battle to get out there is simply with your own thoughts. The treadmill has the lowest risk of injury and should anything happen you’ll likely have gym staff on hand to help you out, being outdoors alone can leave you in quite a worrying predicament should anything happen. If you’re finding your run too easy there are a whole host of setting that can increase speed and elevation. There are however drawbacks, the treadmill can in fact hamper development as you run to its beat, meaning you’ll lack in sense of speed and pace. This pre-set speed also puts more pressure on the knees leading to problems later on.
Out on the streets is another place to choose, and a good one at that. You can always be sure that you’ll have somewhere to run, and odds are you’ll end back at your own home which is always a bonus. Other than things like pace and speed training which you cannot truly get to grips with on a treadmill, you’ll also benefit from running outdoors, which is more beneficial for one’s health, as well as well as getting a better idea of how it’ll be running in races, fun runs or marathons if that’s what you’re aiming for.
Trail running is arguably the best way to run, not only does it easily off the best views and the cleanest air but running on the dirt is far better for you, putting less stress on your knees and feet. It also offers a far more varied mixture of gradients along with other such challenges that’ll certainly help with training your skills in the art. The drawback to these benefits is that you’ll need to get yourself some higher quality gear that can handle the pressure of the rougher terrain and be more careful of your footing, it’s easy to injure yourself on the trail and as you can imagine, it’s no fun twisting your ankle in the middle of a forest.