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06 March . 2018

How to get the most out of trails in and around Hollyhock

Hollyhock residents enjoy more than 5 miles of trails inside of the community, and runners and walkers are welcome to use miles of mountain bike trails in the neighboring Northwest Community Park site.

With the weather perfect for getting out and enjoying the trails, here are some useful tips for helping you go the distance, avoid injury, and get inspired.

How to warm up. Warming up is important for preventing injuries. Here’s how to do it in 5 minutes.

What to eat.  Food is fuel for your run. Here are 16 ideas for healthy prerun meals and snacks.

The right shoes. What’s best, road-running shoes or cross-training shoes? What kind of pronator are you? This shoe guide from REI will help you find the best fit.

Timing counts. There’s never a wrong time to exercise, but people have different physical peak times. Find your best time with this advice from Runner’s World magazine.

Get in running shape. From balancing exercises to lunges, here are some easy exercises to get in better shape for running.

Invite your best friend. We’re talking about your four-legged friend here. Dogs make great running companions, and here are 17 do's and dont's for keeping your pet safe and well-behaved on the trails.

Cooling down. What you do after your run is also important. From rehydrating to eating, here are 5 things to do after every run.

After your run. From rehydrating to resting, here are 5 tips to restore and recover after your run.

Walking is great too. Not everyone is a runner, and the good news is that walking also offers many healthy benefits.

Learn more about Hollyhock’s trail system and Fields House, where you can work out and run indoors on a treadmill if that’s your preference.