There's nothing wrong with running up and down your street—it'll slash fat and build endurance—but there is nothing terribly exciting about it either. Seriously, how much fun is sprinting past the same strip mall every day?
Newsflash: Your most exciting and challenging runs are going to result from getting off the road and into the mud. Trail running offers a refreshing change of pace, one that can reduce wear and tear on your joints and strengthen lower-leg muscles fast. Your first step in taking your run off-road: switching up your shoes. You'll need gear that's engineered as tough as the terrain you're running on—and to get you going, we've rounded up the trail runners that'll stand up to whatever you throw at them. Ready to run?