Public land is a crucial factor in our sport, yet it is rarely discussed. There’s a good chance you’ve recently run on public land. For almost every trail run or trail race, our sport is reliant on public land. Do we take it for granted?
Poles add the power of your arms to your forward motion for greater success, aid in stability, and off-load your quads on a steep downhill, which every runner knows can be the difference between a finish and a DNF. Take a cue from XC skiers, who have been effectively using poles for a few centuries: adding more forward power is a good thing.