6 reasons trail running is the ultimate spring workout

It’s time for trail running to get the credit it deserves.  In a world of carbon-fiber everything and pricey high-tech gear, it’s easy to overlook a humble pair of sneakers. But after a long snowy winter, it feels just right to embrace your inner minimalist and hit the trail on your own two feet.  

At Maine Huts & Trails, we think a refreshing trail run through a cool misty forest is the ultimate spring tonic, and not just because the trails aren’t ready for biking! Here are a few reasons why trail running is the ultimate spring sport:

1. It’s weather-proof.

Spring weather is full of surprises, but trail running is great in all conditions. The woods are especially enticing this time of year, with waterfalls and rivers at their highest, and the warm sun bringing the trees back to life. A little rain is the perfect cool down, and even better? No bugs!

2. It doesn’t damage the trail.

Mountain biking on a wet spring trail can cause pretty serious damage, but a nimble trail runner barely leaves a mark! You should always be sure to stay on the trail, even through puddles, since the ground just off the trail can be really sensitive.

3. It fits into any schedule.

Trail running is the perfect fit for busy people. You’re not looking for a full day of epic backcountry adventure- just a double shot of feel good vibes and blood pumping energy. Some of the best trail runs are quick and dirty- literally; just 10-20 minutes of running fast on a trail can mean huge benefits for the rest of your day.

4. It’s easy on your body.

A soft dirt path is easier on your joints than pavement, so running in the woods is the perfect way to ease your body into a healthy summer routine. And since trail running forces you to move dynamically over variable terrain, you’ll be getting a more complete full-body workout than running on flat ground.

5. It’s good for your lungs.

Besides being great cardio, trail running is an easy way to get a huge dose of fresh, healthy oxygen. The woods act like a natural air filter, and breathing in the forest mist beats car exhaust any day.

6. It relaxes your mind.

We all know that a spending time in nature is a great way to relax, and there’s a lot of research to back it up. According to the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkely, “… researchers in Finland found that urban dwellers who strolled for as little as 20 minutes through an urban park or woodland reported significantly more stress relief than those who strolled in a city center.” See the full study here >>

So leave your layers, gear, and worries behind. Lace up your sneakers and hit your nearest trail for the ultimate spring workout: trail running. Need a goal? Check out the Maine Huts & Trails Backwoods Duathlon with Baxter Outdoors on August 5th. It's a trail running/mountain biking relay that you can tackle solo or as a team.