You’ve probably overheard friends, family or even colleagues waxing lyrical about trail running. And while you might be a keen road runner, you are not quite sure where to begin when it comes to hitting the trails. Well that’s ok, you are not alone. Many of us are a little unsure about what trail running actually involves, what trail running gear you will need to invest in, and where the best places to go trail running actually are.
Trail running loosely refers to any running that takes place off-road, including fields, dirt tracks, lush forests, coastal paths and rugged mountainous areas. It is suitable for all levels of running ability due to the infinite number of routes to choose from. Some routes might be very technical with slippery roots, loose shale and other obstacles to negotiate, while others will be less taxing. Trail running has even been said to have a number of benefits over road running thanks to the varied running surfaces.
“There is a lot to be said for safety in numbers. Heading out solo on a trail you are not familiar with is not a great plan.”
If you are unsure about how you can get out on the trails for the first time, fear not, we have compiled a quick list of essential information for trail running below.
Essential tips for trail running:
1) Find a group
There is a lot to be said for safety in numbers. Heading out solo on a trail you are not familiar with is not a great plan. For starters you will need pretty reliable navigations skills to get you from A to B. A group will not only help you out with route planning, they will also forewarn you about any essential information you need about the route before setting off.
Trail running is generally a very social sport, people will chat while they are running and stopping to take in the gorgeous views is always strongly encouraged.