A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Kate Putnam serves as marketing director for FS Industries, headquartered in Pasadena, California. In her downtime, Kate Putnam stays active through trail running.
The switch from pavement runs to trails can reward the body in several ways. It gives the mind a chance to disconnect and enjoy nature while the body can enjoy a break from the hard concrete. Trails eliminate outside distractions such as car noises and people, while runners’ knees, hips, and ankles benefit from the softer surface.
REI, short for Recreational Equipment, Inc., and Runner's World offer a few tips for beginners hitting the trails.
-Find the right shoes. This is of vital importance for trail runners, who may pass over rocks, mud, or roots. Trail running shoes have enhanced traction and stability, ensuring that runners keep their footing when they encounter obstacles on the trail.
-Locate a trail. City and state parks usually have running trails. Local running clubs and web forums other good resources.
-Set modest expectations. First-time runners should know that trail running takes longer than road running simply because of the rougher terrain. They should stay aware of their surroundings and not stare at their feet. Using a shorter stride, moreover, can help maintain balance.
CEO of Putnam Marketing Kate Putnam oversees business development for the New Hampshire Website development company. They specialize in social media management, and website maintenance and development.