Trail running is extremely popular among runners and athletes for more than one reason. In the city you might find yourself running past traffic signals, inhaling pollution and having to lace around pedestrians. This is where trail running starts to get a whole lot more interesting.
Imagine just getting out and finding a trail somewhere within or on the outer limits of your city, where you find yourself running through lush green surroundings, with the breeze of fresh air and nature’s most curious creations to keep you company. Yes, you might argue that finding such trails isn’t easy; however some cities encourage you to go beyond the boundaries and explore those trails which don’t exist. All you need to do is just search a little and you are sure to stumble upon a trail that you’ve been searching for. The end result is that you might have just found that trail which takes you through pristine forests, over small hills and past some serene waterfalls to keep you relaxed all through your run.
Now say you found this perfect setting to tackle those unexplored trails, it’s always better to keep in mind these small yet important factors, so that you don’t end up in an uneasy situation.
- Begin with an easy trail
Look for trails which come with some pre-defined paths that are level and don’t go through too many ascents and descents. Once you have aced the easier terrains be ready to push yourself further by tackling those trails which include elevation changes, uneven surfaces and maybe hopping across rocky surfaces.
- Don’t worry too much about time or distance
Maybe you’re used to running in the city and timing yourself while keeping a certain distance as your goal. Well, out in the open loosen yourself up and run to your soul’s satisfaction. A simple suggestion would be to put 45 minutes on the clock and just run; who knows what amazing sights you might chance upon!
- Be cautious of the terrain but don’t be afraid to rough it out.
When you are trail running bumps, bruises and scratches are a common part of the experience. Chances are you will be running across changing terrains, so always watch out for your footing and what lies ahead. So always be sure to not let those beautiful flowing streams distract you much or you might end up with a sprain.
- Gear does matter…in the long-term
Yes there are specific shoes for trail running, but when you are starting out normal running shoes will more than suffice. Normal running shoes are best in trails that have flat terrains without rocky surfaces and have a trail running through a big field. Once you have had enough experience on different trails that all important step-up to trail running shoes awaits you. Trail running shoes are purpose built to tackle a blend of terrains, from loose gravel to slippery surfaces. If you’re wondering, yes there is a difference between the two. A trail running shoe has a rock plate in the sole for protection against rocks and foot injuries. Some also come equipped with extra cushioning and added forefoot shock absorption pads for running on varied terrain