I think running on trails is a pretty good workout, because every step is placed a little differently, and the variation in terrain, pace, and altitude make for an intense, varied, calorie burning workout. However, the pavement takes a different kind of toll on the knees, shins, and feet. You probably can not compare the one with the other, because it may tax the body in different ways. Go for it. Trail running is an awesome experience!
Edited by: WOLF-SPIRIT at: 10/13/2012 (16:42)
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I've recently started running on hiking trails again which includes some uphill running. I usually run through the city on flat land. I've noticed that running the trails works me a lot harder. Also, because I'm not used to running up hills, I do have to walk some of them...whew. My question is, will running on these types of trails increase my fitness and make running on flat sidewalks easier because of all of the uneven land (up/down etc...) I'm running on or is it pretty much the same?
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