November 24, 2017

Fitness

Where I do my trail runs,walks and hikes

At least once a week I get outside into nature hitting up a trail run,hike or even a long walk with the dogs.Not only do I find doing these outings great for me physically but mentally its a huge benefit and Is something I am always encouraging everybody to try.

The temperature has dropped and there really is a sense of winter in the air.However, these are my favorite days of the year to get out and exercise outside.Come Sunday, I have already clocked at least 30 hours on the gym floor working with clients so the last thing I want to do is head back down on Sunday myself and work out here. So I take myself outside.At least once a week I post a snap of my adventure and a lot of the time I get people asking me where was that particular trail so I have compiled this small blog to fill you in on some of the best routes to check out.

Ticknock

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A great place nestled in the foothills of the Dublin mountains.This where I mostly run or bike on the many bike trails they have to offer. Ticknock is a popular destination for a lot of people at the weekends.This area, which has remarkable views overlooking Dublin city, caters for people looking for designated hill walks and separate trails for bikes and runners alike.Normally I go up here to run but recently I decided to change it up and took on the challenge of a mountain bike ride through the various different trails.I rented a bike from the biking company Biking.ie and must say it was a super three hours.I was quite hesitant about trying it at first as I thought these trails were for the pros! But to be honest it caters for everyone and the guys at Biking.ie looked after me really well.The area you ride in has purpose-built, single-track trails and forest roads that are designated for use by mountain bikes on a marked circular route of 8km in length.

Cruagh wood

Another favorite of mine that isnt too far off from Ticknock.A popular Sunday visit for many people and a place I like to get a hike,long walk or trail run done.The best thing about this place is the cool little coffee hut from the guys at The Shaggy Dog Coffee   Getting a nice hot brew along with a good ol chat from the lads is a nice way to spend your Sunday after a brisk trail run or walk. 

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There is a great hidden trail of sleepers that will take you to the top which has superb views overlooking the city of Dublin.These trails are a little more uphill and the terrain can be a little more challenging but once you get through them it will be worth it from the great sights on offer.

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Along with Ticknock and Cruagh there are so many other locations to consider when deciding to go for a trail run,hike or walk. Barnaslingan wood ,Massey’s Wood and Knocksink Wood offer some great trails and again are all dotted around the South Dublin area.I also find that Parkrun is a great way to start your weekend.Parkrun is a series of timed 5km runs held on Saturday mornings across the world, with more than 50 locations now hosting the event nationwide.My favourite one is in my local Marlay Park and it’s always great to see so many people attend every Saturday morning.They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

David Last is a personal trainer based in Dublin. For more information you can follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Or you can send me a direct message here.