I think you all know by now how much we love trails. We are surrounded by amazing trails out here near the Hill Country, how could we not love it?!
The following is a sponsored post by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.
But let me tell you something. The trails are my sanity.
They are where I go to be UNBUSY.
What do I mean by that? I mean I stop everything, DISCONNECT, and I just run/walk/hike/etc. There are no deadlines, no projects, no to do lists on the trails. Just the sounds of nature and the thoughts in my head. Usually these thoughts are loud at first, but once I get going, the sounds of trails quiet them and I am running free.
That’s why I NEED the trails, to appreciate the small things and keep me balanced.
The trails are truly a place to getaway. To explore. They are the only place where I don’t mind taking the long way. In fact, I think that’s what keeps me going back. Exploring new trails is like accidently taking the detour route home but acknowledging that you needed that detour to decompress and view new scenery. You get me, right?
Okay, corny enough for you yet? Let’s talk more about how to EXPLORE and #BLAZE these New trails!
- When exploring new trails, always have some sort of tracking device. I usually bring a Garmin or carry a map.
- Don’t run the trails first. Instead, plan an active recovery day where you have “extra” time to track new routes. That way you don’t get worn out.
- Bring extra fuel and water if you plan to hike new trails, just in case it’s an “extra” long route.
Go not to early but not too late. I like to go mid morning, it avoids the creatures out at dusk but avoids the heat of the day.
Take note of landmarks! Ex: power lines above, water tower, etc.
Go with someone. The kiwi and I will often spend one day every other week just exploring new trails. It gives us time with each other and it’s good to have another set of eyes on the trail.
Wear the right SHOES!
I’ve gone through several pairs of trails shoes through out the year, but nothing has compared to these Mizuno Kazans! And that’s the gosh darn truth!
- Kazan Women’s trail shoes are 8.0oz! That’s definitely light for a trail shoe!
- They are extremely versatile and comfortable. An all-terrain shoe lets you glide smoothly over any type of surface, this is because of the decoupled X-groove. It adapts great to uneven surfaces. Which is great for me since I tend to run on rock, dirt paths, grass, and gravel. They transition beautifully to the road as well
- The sole is covered in x-grooves which help grip rocks and roots roots as you descend and prevent any slipping while tackling fast ascents. While the x-groove midsole helps the shoe adapt to all terrain.
- The fit is perfect. The upper tongue stays in place and I’m quite fond of the toe guard! It’s another nice perk since my feet seem to be all over the place when running trails.
Once you’ve gotten familiar with new trails, have fun!
You can take the family for a weekend hike!
Heck, you can even make it part of your strength routine! Here’s my favorite OUTDOOR workout you can do on the trails.
What’s your favorite way to unbusy? Are you a trail lover?
Corny Crazy Cotter