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The Thrill of the Trail: Embracing Off-Road Running and our build up to the 55th OMM

If you’re an avid runner or even someone who’s considering lacing up for the first time, you’ve probably heard whispers about the magic of trail running. As someone who’s dedicated many miles to the trails, I can confidently say that there’s nothing quite like it. And as the weather improves and the days are getting longer, there’s no better time to dive into the world of trail running. 

Why Trail Running?

  1. Nature’s Therapy: Running on trails immerses you in the heart of nature. The fresh air, the sounds of wildlife, and the stunning vistas do wonders for your mental health. Studies have shown that spending time in nature reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s like a natural high that no city-run can match.
  2. Improved Physical Fitness: Trail running challenges your body in ways that road running can’t. The varied terrain works different muscle groups, improves balance, and enhances agility. The uneven surfaces and inclines make for a more intense workout, which can lead to greater strength and endurance.
  3. Less Impact on Joints: Trails are generally softer than asphalt or concrete, which means less impact on your joints. This can be especially beneficial for runners dealing with injuries or those looking to prevent them.
  4. Adventure and Exploration: Every trail run is a new adventure. Whether you’re discovering a new trail or revisiting an old favourite, there’s always something new to see. This sense of exploration keeps your runs exciting and motivates you to keep pushing your boundaries.
  5. Community and Camaraderie: The trail-running community is incredibly welcoming and supportive. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, you’ll find encouragement and camaraderie among fellow trail enthusiasts.

The 55th Original Mountain Marathon (OMM)

Now, let’s talk about an event which epitomizes the spirit of trail running: the Original Mountain Marathon. The OMM is not just a race; it’s a rite of passage for trail runners. This year, our very own Akkeal and Matt from the Running Bear will be taking part in the 55th edition held in the Southern Highlands in Scotland, and it promises to be an unforgettable experience.

What is the OMM?

The OMM is a two-day mountain marathon that tests your endurance, navigation skills, and resilience. It’s held in some of the most beautiful and challenging terrains in the UK, making it a true adventure for those who dare to participate.

Why Participate in the OMM?

  1. Challenge Yourself: The OMM is designed to push you to your limits. It’s not just about running; it’s about navigating through tough terrain, making strategic decisions, and enduring the elements. Completing the OMM is a testament to your physical and mental toughness.
  2. Experience Unparalleled Scenery: The locations chosen for the OMM are breathtaking. Running through these landscapes is an experience like no other. This year’s event promises stunning views that will make every gruelling mile worth it.
  3. Join a Historic Event: The OMM has a rich history dating back to 1968. Being part of this event means joining a legacy of runners who have tested their mettle in the mountains. It’s an opportunity to be part of something bigger than just a race.
  4. Build Lasting Friendships: The OMM fosters a strong sense of community. Whether you’re running with a partner or meeting fellow runners along the way, the bonds formed during this event are lasting. The shared experience of overcoming challenges creates friendships that extend beyond the finish line.

Preparing for the OMM

If you’re considering joining the 55th OMM, preparation is key. Here are a few tips to get you ready:

  1. Train on Similar Terrain: Spend time running on trails and practising navigation. Familiarize yourself with the types of conditions you’ll encounter during the OMM.
  2. Gear Up: Invest in quality trail running shoes, a reliable compass, and weather-appropriate clothing. Having the right gear can make a significant difference in your performance and comfort. Both Akkeal and Matt have been testing out the OMM Halo+ Jacket over the winter and into our “summer” weather.
  3. Build Endurance: Incorporate long runs and hill training into your routine. The OMM is a test of endurance, so the more prepared you are, the better.
  4. Learn Navigation: Brush up on your map and compass skills. Navigation is a crucial part of the OMM, and being proficient can save you time and energy.

Trail running offers a unique blend of physical challenge, mental relaxation, and a deep connection to nature. Events like the Original Mountain Marathon elevate this experience to new heights, offering an adventure that tests your limits and rewards you with unforgettable memories.

So, whether you’re a seasoned trail runner or a newcomer looking for your next challenge, embrace the trails and consider taking part in the 55th OMM. It’s not just a race; it’s a journey that will leave you stronger, happier, and more connected to the incredible world around us.


Happy running, and see you on the trails!

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