Obvious, right?! If you're new to trail running you might not be familiar with the thrill of hitting the trails and getting out into nature. Your times might change, your splits might drop, you will undoubtedly be more effected by the weather and what's happening under foot...but don't let that stop you! Running over different terrain, in different conditions is good for strength and resilience...both body and brain!
Judging the 'going' under foot, and understanding what the conditions are like is a real help - are you heading out after a week of solid rain? Has it been really cold? Or endless, wall to wall sunshine? After all, being able to read the ground so you can avoid sinking waist deep into a bog is always good! Staying light on your feet is a good way to tackle uneven ground and being prepared to walk up hills conserves energy on those longer days. Importantly, it's about tuning in and listening to what your body is telling you; doing this allows you to have a more enjoyable run, knowing when to push it and when to ease off.