Trail running is self explanatory; getting a good cardiovascular exercise running through the woods and rough terrain rather than jogging in place for 20 minutes in a gym.
Right away anyone who tries trail running will notice a difference from their ordinary routine. The trail offers altering terrain and difficulties in the run that can’t be copied by treadmills or tracks located on college and high school campuses.
According to www.lifetimefitness.com trail running offers an unpredictable path with a ‘rocky root-filled terrain’ that not only strengthens your muscles, but also improves your sense of balance.
Another obvious benefit is that trail running is free, opposed to treadmills which require memberships on a monthly or yearly basis.
All trails in the state of Maryland are free to run on. Quiet Water Park, Gunpowder Falls State Park and the Baltimore Washington International Airport trail have various paths for beginners or experienced runners. These trails can range from two or three miles for the short distance joggers to over 20 miles for the avid ultra runners.