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About Running

Running isn't just about exercising and keeping fit - it's about losing yourself, exploring and getting out and about. Feel the wind in your hair as you pound the pavements or fly through the woods. Not to mention the adrenaline rush and the endorphins which are released after a good run - enough to set you up for the rest of the day.

From trail running to track running to marathons, there's a type of running to suit every taste and every ability and with the rural and the urban landscapes of England and Wales as our back garden, there's no better place to get on your marks than at a YHA location. Whether it's the mountainous trails of the Lake District, or the flat beaches of Cornwall, there's a wide range of terrains for you to get stuck into. So pack up your rucksack, lace up your trainers and set your pace. YHA makes a great base for a running holiday.

When you add our wonderful properties in inspiring locations to our fantastic value prices, filling meals made from locally-sourced ingredients, well-stocked bars, welcoming social spaces, drying rooms ready to receive the muddiest of kits, comfortable beds and, above all, our passion for the glorious great outdoors, it’s hard to find a reason not to run with YHA.

 

Tips and Must Have Equipment

When running you need to ensure that you're well equipped in order to prevent injury and keep you comfortable on your journey. Here's our tick list of what to take with you when you're heading out.

Shoes
A well-fitting, comfortable pair of shoes appropriate to the terrain and conditions of your run are an obvious essential.

Hard-pack and road-based runs:
Road shoes will provide protection and cushioning.

Trails and dry off-road surfaces:
Trail shoes combining a more rugged, grippy sole with some cushioning.

Wet and muddy conditions: Fell shoes with deep lugs will stop you slipping and sliding.

Clothing
At the most basic level, dress for the conditions you will encounter and the length of your run. As running generates a lot of heat, even in cold conditions, layers are a great idea and allow for easy ventilation. Take a lightweight windproof jacket to layer over other clothes when needed, you can easily stash it in a pocket it when it isn’t required.

Bag
You’ll need somewhere to keep your spare clothing, food, water and safety kit so invest a little time in finding a lightweight rucksack or waist pack that fits you comfortably.

Technique
It takes time and practice to perfect off-road running because it requires the body to work in a different way. If you’re new to off-road running, start off with well-used trails and less technically-challenging terrain. When you eventually work up to the more demanding routes they’ll be all the more enjoyable.

Balance
Good balance is crucial to successful off-road running. Introduce balance work into your daily routine to increase body awareness and improve coordination.

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