Ditch the Pavement: The Ultimate Trail Running Guide
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Photograph by Embry Rucker

We love trail running because it gives us a little peace and a chance to enjoy the beauty of the woods. Well, it turns out that trail running can make you a better runner, too. "Your body is forced to learn how to stabilize itself, enhance balance, and quickly change on the fly," says Steve Magness, running coach and author of The Science of Running. But the key to switching from road to trail successfully is the right kit — including shades to protect your eyes from sun and debris, and a watch that can guide you home.