Trail running is the new running sport for mountain lovers. This is not a surprise as running at race-pace along a glacier, over a ridge path or from mountain lake to mountain lake makes for powerful moments.
More and more running enthusiasts leave the asphalt behind and seek their fortune in the countryside. Running shoes with a profile sole, a thin jacket and a mini rucksack: More is not required when running nimbly over the hills and dales in the Andermatt Holiday Region. Running often takes place over soft underground, frequently away from standing paths with nature at the forefront. The way leads along forest tracks, over mountains, on gravel and rock and through meadows. And of all of this there is more than enough to go around.
No trail runner has fallen from the sky yet. But don't worry: It's easier to start running than you think. The following tips for getting started with trail running will help.
Professional mountain-runners sprint up the steepest ascents? No. That may be the case on short sprints but in no way on long stretches. Underway just moving briskly saves energy and surprisingly but true: this way one is often hardly slower than when at a run!
It is often the case that it is monotonous whilst running on roads: straight forward and always on the same surface. In contrast Trail Running is a play-sport. There are puddles, tree roots, stones and it pays to vary your pace: at times faster, at others slower, in short... running as a child does.
Trail Running is so fascinating because it is an experience with Nature. Running on roads often leads to glancing at a watch. This makes no sense when running in terrain as each run is different and often not comparable. The break from a «routine-run mode» disengages your mind. Once in a while just standing and enjoy Nature rounds off the Trail Running ideal.
Trail running not only makes demands on your body but also on the spirit. The point is, lifting feet higher than when running on roads, be flexible, instinctive and concentrated. This may cost a little more strength however once in the «flow» - one with nature and yourself – is simply an indescribably good feeling.
In mountain running steps are shorter, the frequency higher, the arm work more intensive. It is now recommended that the upper body is slightly angled forward and to run on the forefoot. Downhill: reduce tempo when it is steep and occasionally introduce zig-zags whilst staying relaxed in the knees.
Good running shoes are essential. They are the balancing act between stability, flexibility and lightness. By the way: the heavy backpack can happily stay at home. Only the most necessary belongs in your pack: rainproof jacket, a mobile telephone, an energy bar and sufficient water – because tours can often be longer than expected.
The Andermatt Holiday Region has diverse Trail Running routes to chose from. In order for you to take a first look at the possibilities available we have put together the best routes.