Five best bog hopping techniques

Author: Bodil

As beauties and the bog, we know a thing or two about bog running. But first of all, what do I mean with a bog?

“bog (noun)
an area of wet muddy ground that is too soft to support a heavy body.
synonyms: marsh, swamp, wetland”

1 Quick feet

So, our first tip of the day comes directly from its definition; if the ground does not support much weight, make sure you stay light on your feet. Small, quick steps minimise your chances of sinking into the bog.

Fast feet prevents them from sinking in too much

Fast feet prevents them from sinking in too much

2 Read the ground

An important skill in bog running is to get to know your terrain. Different types of grass signal different moisture contents, for example reed means definite bog-sinking, whilst short grass is usually safe. Though ankle-twisters, little rocks can give you the support you need to cross a particularly wet patch.

3 Olympic long-jump skills

What if there is no way you will be able to run over? Well I guess in that case, we need to jump. As a bog runner you need to be practised in the art of the long-jump-with-precise-landing. Or get very muddy feet. You can improve your long jump by having strong and agile legs. So work on  those squats and that hip-flexibility!

The long jump prevents you from swimming through bog

The long jump prevents you from swimming through bog

4 I got stuck

If your long jump failed, you can find yourself stuck in some pretty deep mud. First of all, grip your shoe with your toes. Better still, before going out on your run, make sure you lace up your shoes tight enough. You do not want to limp back with a single shoe on! Second, try to go bog running with friends. They help pull you out when the bog monster gets to you, and make it all something you can laugh about afterwards.

A friend can help you out of a sticky bog

A friend can help you out of a sticky bog

5 Look ahead

Now we know how to run over, jump over and get out of a bog, it is time to get running. Make sure you look far enough ahead – your mind will automatically want to look down at your feet, but you will cope better with the faster running speed when looking a couple of metres ahead. Looking ahead might help to avoid that bog, too.


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