I deliberately didn’t use trail running versus road running as a heading, but trail running and road running. I see that topic quite often on forums and blogs. I do both and enjoy both. Yes, if I must choose I will always choose trail running first, but I also enjoy a good road run.
The fact is I train on the road more than on the trails. During the week I only run on the road. On weekends when I have the time I travel to the trails and run there. That is how my life is and it works well for me.
I think road and trail running complement each other well. The road keeps my speed in check (not that I have any speed!) and it gives me a certain type of mental strength. The trails make me strong and help a lot for the hills and downhills. It also helps with endurance, but in a different way than on the road.
Together I believe the two make me a more complete runner. I love running and really run with my heart. I am fortunate that I can run on trails as well as the road. The experiences I get by doing this are just amazing. I plan to do both for many years to come.
Today I thank the trails and the roads for the amazing runs I get to do on them.
Happy trail and road running everyone!