Types of Running

As you get more experienced in your running, you will likely involve a mixture of the following types of running. I enjoy all of the running types below with the possible exception of treadmill running. There was a time when many of my weekly runs where done on a treadmill. However, that can reek havoc on your body come race day, if your body is not ready for the pounding of the pavement. Since I live in Arizona, it is possible to run outside all year round so my treadmill running is kept to a bare minimum.

Road Running

This would include sidewalks, paved roads, and running paths. This is the most convenient type of running. You can step out of your front door and you are off.

Trail Running

As you get more comfortable with running, this can be a fun type of running. This would include hiking trails, dirt paths, and other mixed surfaces. In Arizona, there are many options for trail running including many dirt paths along canals, desert trails, and even mountain terrain.  This is potentially a less convenient type of running. You typically have to drive to get to the trail. Risk of injury can increase with uneven terrain and even chance encounter with wildlife.

Treadmill Running

This is a relatively easy type of running, though it can become quite boring. Treadmills can be found at the gym, at the hotel, and in your home. You can make adjustments for pace and incline. You could even watch Television to keep you entertained.

Track Running

This type of running is typically used by those wishing to work on their speed. It is also a good option if you need to run a specific distance but do not have a way to track your distance. Most nearby high schools have a track where you can fun for free when the students are not using it.

Race Running

This type of running has grown in popularity over the years. It is relatively easy to find a race near you for a variety of distances. This could include a 1 mile fun run, a 5K (3.1 miles), a 10K (6.2 miles), a half marathon (13.1 miles), and a full marathon (26.2 miles). There are even races, called Ultras, that involve many distances greater than a marathon. Many races occur on roads, where the course is blocked off from traffic. There are also off-road races, where you are running through trails or other mixed surfaces.


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