Hit the trail

No matter where you are, there are new paths to run and trails to discover. Join Anne as she takes us for a run along her favourite trail route. With HOKA ONE ONE, it’s #TimeToFly.

Hit the Trail with Anne Englebert

Hérault - France

Route map for Lac Du Salagou Hoka by Anne Englebert on plotaroute.com

Distance: 14 miles

Start/Finish: Salagou Lake, Hérault, France

Terrain: Muddy paths, pebbles and rocks

Toughness: Moderate

Ascent: 1470 feet

Navigation: Easy

Good for: Long run in the countryside with possibility of hill-climbing

Anne - FR

Anne fell in love with running in California while she was there for a year of University. After returning to France, her passion grew and she created her blog ‘Anne & Dubndidu’, become a sports coach and eventually wrote several books on sports and nutrition. Combining the values of sport (running, fitness, yoga, and much more!) with a healthy and positive lifestyle, she has managed to unite a beautiful community of runners all around France named the Dubndiduteam.

www.annedubndidu.com

Running in

Speedgoat 2

Why it's important to run in new locations?

After a stress fracture (a fatigue-induced fracture of the bone), I can finally slowly start running again this summer. Slowly but surely! Summer really is my favourite season for running. Yes, it is hot, but the days are longer as well. With summer holidays, we often have more time to run and discover new routes, so if you go on holiday (unless you’ve already came back…), don’t forget to pack your trainers and set new challenges for yourself!

One of my favourite spots is along the Salagou lake. Located at the heart of Hérault region, the beauty of this artificial lake will take your breath away and offers a unique colour palette."

What you love about this run?

Because of my injury, at the moment I am allowed to run...but only on the trails. This pushed me to look for new running paths in the Montpellier region. One of my favourite spots is along the Salagou lake. Located at the heart of Hérault region, the beauty of this artificial lake will take your breath away and offers a unique colour palette.

You can run there, but also simply take a walk or do some mountain biking. I am delighted to share this route because I first started to share my runs on Instagram specifically to share the paths that I adore, the landscapes of the south of France, these precious moments in harmony with nature and my environment.

What I liked about these shoes is the comfort they gave me, which reassured me enormously during my recovery and return to running."

How the shoes helped and supported you?

I wore the new Speedgoat 2 trainers from Hoka One One during this run. They are a little different from what I usually wear: it’s the first time I’m trying them, but they’ve been highly recommended to me for running after my injury and for trail running in general. They have more cushioning and are adapted to the trail path. Their upper mesh is very light for summer which is good to keep your feet cool.

What I liked about these shoes is the comfort they gave me, which reassured me enormously during my recovery and return to running. They are not aggressive, nor profiled for speed, in fact they are very stable and comfortable, even when the path is made of small pebbles. Of course, they have been designed for rougher trails, but they are suitable for other types of route as well. In the end, they allowed me to regain my confidence while running!