Recently, I came across an article on something called mountain running. Apparently, it is growing in popularity as of late.
When I first came across it, I was expecting it to basically be really hilly trail running, you know, running in the mountains. However, there is a lot more to it.
All trail running is not mountain running and all mountain running is not trail running.
For example, according to an article in Runner’s World, “you could run on a sandy beach or a neighborhood gravel path and you’d be trail running.”
Those runs do not classify as mountain runs. In order for a run to be considered a mountain run, there must be a significant elevation gain along the course of the run. That being said, a run on a paved surface could be considered a mountain run if there is a significant enough elevation gain.
I became particularly interested in this type of running after my experience in Utah over spring break. I began to realize why Brigham Young University (BYU) athletes are always doing so well. Running at such high altitudes with such intense hills does wonders for their cardiovascular health. Once they get down to sea level, or even just a lower altitude, they are able to cream the competition.
I am interested in seeing how to incorporate these types of runs into my running routine.
I found that there are a lot of races all around the country for mountain running of varying distances. Additionally, going to places like Crowder’s Mountain will give me the altitude and gradual elevation needed for a true mountain run. Additionally, it will mix up my running scenery a little bit, which gets old at times.
If you are interested in trail running, try heading over to Reedy Creek Park. They have some beautiful nature trails that you can run on to incorporate trail running into your routine.
Personally, I think incorporating different kind of runs is important for any runner. It keeps you motivated and interested in running. I know that sometimes I get bored running the same old route for the same old distance. Incorporating new places and new types of runs will keep your body prepared for any race course you may encounter.