Hit the Dirt!

Fall Trail Running

This is one of the greatest times to trail run in the Northeast.  Cooler temperatures and fall foliage gives way to an amazing experience. Where ever you live, trails aren’t farther than a 20 minute drive so get out there and be one with nature.


Trail running is beneficial in many ways. Running on dirt is softer than asphalt and navigating rocks strengthen the ankles. The biggest reason I advocate trail running is safety. You never have to worry you’ll get hit by a car, and you are much less likely to suffer the negative health effects of air pollution.


One thing trails have are plenty of are hills. Hills are a great form of speed work. Running up hills develops power, while running down hills is a form of over-speed training. Learn to love the hills and faster mile times are soon to follow.


There are a few things you will need on your trail run. I recommend a good trail shoe, one that is light weight with good traction. Many of the major brands have a trail shoe line, so take some time and find the one that feels right to you.

There are no water stops on the trails, so it’s important you carry your own. Avoid a heavy water pack when running, instead opt for a hydration belt or water bottle with a hand strap.

Lastly, distance can be hard to calculate on trails. Google maps sometimes aren’t an option, so I use a GPS watch. They work surprisingly well through the trees, and many have a map screen that will show you where you started in case you get lost.

Jason Zagami
Founder of Solid Body Fitness
USA Track & Field Level 1 Coach
Strength & Conditioning Coach
CrossFit Level 1 Certified Personal Trainer
CrossFit Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

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