Lately I’ve grown a little tired of the same old seawall run and all the trials and tribulations that come with it.
You know the one: At every corner you’re avoiding some careless dog owner who’s allowed 20 feet of leash to be stretched out across the path, which will inevitably trip the sketchy muscle man going way too fast for his own good in his new inline skates. Don’t get me wrong, dipping and dodging the seawall on a sunny weekend can be great time, but sometimes it’s nice to work out in peace.
Over the weekend I decided to take a different approach to the normal hustle and grind work out of lapping false creek and headed due north for the trails of the shore. Of course, being a new comer to the vast amount of interconnecting trails that resemble a spider web, I went with the most obvious option and ran the course we will all be treading on in just a few short weeks.
If you’re a newcomer to wilderness running like I was, here are a few tips to keep in mind when hitting the trails.
Don't bite off more than you can chew...
Get comfortable in your new surroundings before embarking on a marathon through the wild. Remember you are now dealing with uneven, sometimes soft, sometimes slick surfaces that will require you to exude some extra energy into the concentration of each and every step you take. Once you have conquered a few runs you’ll notice your pace and awareness sharpen and you’ll be blazing trails in no time.