Top Trail Running Tips

04/07/2016
The Crazy Store's five top Trail Running tips:

Safety first: When heading out on the trails, ensure that you run with a friend or your four-legged companion. Always tell someone where you are going and which trail you will be running. Take your cell phone with in case of an emergency. If possible, take along a trail map, ID and keep track of where you are along the trail as you go. If you run alone, carry pepper spray with you, download a safety app for your phone and always be mindful of what’s going on in your surroundings.

Know the rules of the trail: Yield to other trail users (equestrian, hikers and mountain bikers). Uphill runners should yield to downhill runners. It is important to stay on marked trails and run through puddles, not around them (which will make the trail wider). Leave no trace and look after nature by not littering!

Deciding on shoes: If trail running is going to become part of your life, the time has come to invest in a pair of decent running shoes. They differ from road-running shoes in that they have a lower profile (lower to the ground that is). This reduces the chance of ankle rolls with a high heel. The rugged tread offers better traction on wet and muddy trails. Remember when purchasing new shoes, they should fit snug in the heel but have room in the toe box.

Carry fluids: Taking hydration with you is non-negotiable, as one never knows how long it will take to complete the trail. Some days might take longer than others due to mud, water crossings, snow, etc. There are three ways to carry fluids on the run: handheld, multi-bottle waist belt or a hydration pack.

Always run within your means: When in doubt, slow down or walk through it. As you gain trail fitness and skill, your ability to navigate more technical terrain or hills will improve, but until then, run within your skill level and always be cautious!

Tips courtesy of Runner’s World.

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