Scratch New Surfaces
Safely switch your running terrain with tips from professional ultrarunner Sage Canaday
Try some new terrain and improve your running form
AS RUNNERS, we all possess different strengths and weaknesses, and it might take a new running experience to push us out of our comfort zones and help us discover hidden talents. For me, it wasn’t until I entered (and won, as it happens) the USA Track & Field Mountain Running Championships in 2012 that I realised climbing uphill could be enjoyable – and that I was actually pretty good at it. What’s more, I realised that occasionally changing the surfaces on which I run and the distances I go forces my body to adapt in new ways that make me stronger, faster and more resistant to injury. That variety of terrain and distance can breathe fresh air into a stale routine. Here’s how I make it seamless.