Kaloyan Peychev/ March 28, 2020

November in Vitosha mountain
Somewhere in Vitosha mountain

Trail Running Trip

When it comes to exploration of new lands, a trail running trip can offer great possibilities. When climbing up steep hills it is more like hiking, but the real difference comes on the flats and when descending. There you have the inner motivation to move faster and you can cover much longer routes than regular hiking.

How is it different to hiking?

Reason 1: Lighter equipment – faster movement.

When running in the mountains we take less equipment with us – lighter shoes, lighter backpack, lighter clothes. Being lighter helps you to move quicker and effortless from one place to another. Being lighter puts a lot less stress on your body – your joints, your muscles and ligaments. At the same time your heart rate can vary greatly during the run. Therefore the heart muscle gets stronger and healthier.

Reason 2: Faster movement – more time for longer trails.

When you move faster on the trails you can afford to cover much longer routes compared to hiking. So in this way you actually see much more of the mountains and the places where you go. Completing a two-day hiking route in one running day is something that happens very often.

A typical trail running day at Vitosha mountain
A typical trail running day at Vitosha mountain

Reason 3: See more things and have more time to relax.

When you complete the daily route faster you go back quicker to the hotel or hut. This way you have much more time to relax or to do extra things in the afternoon. Things like cultural exploration, city tours or other must-see sights that you rarely have time to visit. Or you just dream about that beer at the hut, but you know that you have several more hours on the trail. Yes, it happened to all of us.

Reason 4: Seeing more things for less time is more cost efficient.

Covering longer routes, seeing more things in twice less the time compared to hiking means that it is way cheaper to consider a trail running trip. Often you don’t need to transport extra luggage during flights so you can even save some money on that too. 

Reason 5: Spend less days off your job, while exploring twice more!

Doing a trail running trip that is almost twice as short in time than a hiking trip means that you are away from your job for less time. This way you can really afford to see more things on your trip. Or you can even have a couple of extra days for yourself when you go back home. For the same time as you would do a hiking trip!

And there we come to the question – Am I suitable to run a route?

Many people imagine mountain running as a non-stop self-destructing activity and that you constantly run up or downhill at full speed and you don’t see anything but the trail beneath you. Well, we have to admit that this is not true. In order to run uphill you have to be really well trained and dedicated to mountain running. In reality you need to look where you step exactly the same as when you are going at a hiking pace. Actually you go quicker to the place of your interest and you have more time to enjoy it. And when the time comes to go down you often finish “the long way to the hut” much faster than when you carry a large backpack.

So again you get more time to relax and enjoy your drink and your meal. The truth is that most of the people who practice trail running walk just a little bit faster uphill and they run only if it is flat or not steep downhill. Many people that don’t carry heavy backpacks and heavy mountain boots can do that! 

You can find a big variety of trail running trips in the Guided tours section. There is pretty much everything for everyone – from absolute beginners to advanced ultra trail runners.

Do not hesitate to send a request – I will be happy to be your running guide and to create an unforgettable holiday for you!

Rila National park in mid June
Rila National Park, view to Malyovitsa peak


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