Trail running has become more popular, and this sport is enjoyed year round by many. Running trails adds on multiple terrain surfaces that change up a traditional track or road path. Trails could be rocky or dirt covered which adds a degree of excitement, and increases the need to prepare yourself for what is to come on your run. It is best to have some running background prior to starting trails.
As with any running, there is a need that you have water prior to your run to hydrate your system. Always carry extra water with you when you are out.
The best plan is to run trails early in the day or later so you can avoid the higher heat times.
- Clothing choices
Depending on the weather it Is always a good idea to layer your clothing.
There are very specific shoes designed for trail running that you look into before starting. The shoes are often waterproof and have wider soles that grip the different terrains of rock and dirt.
- Run tip
Many of these trails have an incline, and you will find that experts say that short quick steps with your chest high are best when you are running uphill.
Use your arms as you run as a balance to stable you when you are running. Typically the running world sees massive arm movement with a frown, but not here!
- Watch where you are going
Keep your eyes open and follow the path. Be sure you focus a few strides ahead as you go and stay in line with the run and along the trail as you go.
- It is a Workout!
Many people are most surprised that they are sore after their first trail run experience. Be sure you follow up with plenty of stretching in following days as a method to recovery.
Happy Trails To You!