Another awesome summer of trail running is back starting this Thursday with Tribe! Last year was my first season heading off the road, and while it was certainly a challenge the first time out, and I sent way to may “I’m lost” texts to our crew leader Alex, it was a blast and I can’t wait to get back there again.
Never been trail running before? Here are three things I think you need to know!
1. Free Your Mind (but not too much)
One of the benefits of trail running is that it’s not only good for your body but good for your mind. You dive into the heart of mother nature, free from the hustle and bustle of downtown. However, with rocks, roots, and slippery leaves you must still be aware of where you are going and others on the trail. After only a few minutes on the trail with the stunning views and wild life, it’ll be hard to get you back in the concrete jungle after venturing out in mother nature.
2. Get Ready to Get Strong!
Most of the Don Trail involves hills and lots of them. And in case you didn’t know, running uphill makes you stronger and being stronger makes you faster! All of your muscles are engaged as if you were on a flat surface, but the steep incline adds extra resistance and forces those legs to fire up hard!
3. It’s Cool!
During these hot summer months the trails are the coolest place to be (literally). The shade keeps the temperatures down and air is clean and crisp and smog free – perfect for a summer run.
Open to all paces, the Tribe Try-A-Trail 5km fun run will test your cardio and coordination in a fun filled out and back along the Don Trail. Full details click here.
Runners I know obsess over the weather. Checking weather apps days in advance, monitoring the coolest time of day, and planning workouts around the shadiest route. But as most of us in urban centres know, it’s not just the heat that matters, it’s the smog!
With summer temperatures on the rise, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of the risks associated with air pollution and extreme heat when being active outdoors. To help make smog easier to monitor, Summerhill Impact, in partnership with The Running Room and the Government of Canada, announced the launch of Air Health Check.ca – a brand new website and resource to encourage Canadians to make the Air Quality Health Index (or AQHI) a part of their daily lives. The AQHI is a simple scale designed to help Canadians understand what outdoor air quality means to their health – the higher the number, the higher the risk.
While everyone can experience symptoms of air pollution, some people are at higher risk, such as seniors, young children or those with existing lung or heart disease. People who do strenuous activities outdoors, such as exercising, sports or physical work can also be at increased risk during those activities. On days when air pollution levels are significantly elevated, even people not typically at risk may notice symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing or irritated eyes, nose or throats.
Checking outdoor air quality is as simple as checking the weather and just as useful. Just like weather and temperature, outdoor air quality can change with the seasons and time of day; high levels of outdoor air pollutants can seriously impact your day.