Hit the trailNo matter where you are, there are new paths to run and trails to discover. Join Charlie as she takes us for a run along her favourite trail route. With HOKA ONE ONE, it’s #TimeToFly.
Hit the Trail with Charlie Watson
Henley-on-Thames - United Kingdom
Charlie - UK
After completing her first marathon in London 2012, Charlie has been an avid runner. From London’s Thames valley to the Chicago Marathon, Charlie has covered hundreds of miles running new trails and new races across the globe.www.therunnerbeans.com
Why it's important to run in new locations?
When I train for a marathon I often run 5-6 days a week, most of which are done in the early morning, necessitating an easy running route straight out of my front door. I ran hundreds of miles this winter on the only lit two-mile route near my house, which was the one safe place to run in the dark.
On the weekends, I was craving some excitement and a different challenge to my runs so I'd run further afield. I’d drive to new trails and sign up for races across the country to add some variety to my training. Changing up the scenery gave my training that boost in both motivation and inspiration. It also ensured I actually took in my surroundings rather than just focusing on my pace/breathing. Plus, running is always my favourite way to explore a new area!
“Changing up the scenery gave my training that boost in both motivation and inspiration.”
What you love about this run?
I love this run as along the River Thames - it makes me so happy running alongside the water. It helps me feel calm, eases any mental stresses and the route is usually pretty flat! It's an out and back run in a loop because of the lack of bridges to cross the river in Henley, however I don't mind. It helps knowing that you only have to cover what you've already run.
In the early mornings and even on the bleakest of days in mid-winter, there are always other runners out there and rowers on the river, and I love feeling like part of this secret club that works out no matter the weather!
“My shoes have to stand up to all the demands I put on them which the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 were able to do with no problem.”
How the shoes helped and supported you?
My run covers a lot of terrains, from road, to path, to trail and grass - and often a lot of mud when it's wet. My shoes have to stand up to all the demands I put on them which the Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 were able to do with no problem.
They provided support and comfort over undulating terrain, and I was especially appreciative of the thick sole when running over cobbles, shingles and exposed tree roots. Despite looking chunky, they are very lightweight, perfect for packing in your bag for holidays, mini breaks or when you want to explore a little closer to home!