What are the pros and cons of run­ning on trails com­pared with roads?

Runner's World (UK) - - Training -

Run­ning mostly on trails is good for re­duc­ing im­pact on your mus­cles, joints and bones, which re­duces the risk of in­jury, as long as you avoid very un­even sur­faces. The other thing is to en­sure there’s not too much loose gravel; fre­quent slight slips on toe-off can cause prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly with your Achilles’ ten­dons.

How­ever, un­less you’re run­ning on ex­tremely good trails you could miss out on the pace that’s needed in some com­po­nents of train­ing. Also, if you will be rac­ing on the road, a lack of adap­ta­tion to that sur­face could in­crease your chances of im­pact fatigue dur­ing the event. You could be more likely to pick up an in­jury if you sud­denly run your hard­est on an un­fa­mil­iar sur­face.

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