We love trail running, but if you are just getting started you need to be prepared before you hit the trails. These tips will help you stay safe and have a fun enjoyable run.
Plan your route ahead of time
Don’t start running without knowing where you are going. It’s easy to make a wrong turn on the trails and find yourself lost. You should familiarize yourself with the route beforehand. Make you bring a map.
Tell someone where you are going and how long you think you will be gone for before you head out.
With less foot traffic and no car traffic, you are less likely to run into to someone should you get hurt or need help.
Learn from our mistakes that you want to stay safe and let someone know where you are at all times.
Wear proper trail gear
You can go trail running in regular road shoes; however, you will be much more comfortable and have a better run if you wear dedicated trail running shoes. These shoes have added grip and protection from trail obstacles.
On top of that, it’s a good idea to bring water with you and a phone (if you run in places with cell service).
Many runners find a full hydration vest to be invaluable to trail running. You’ll have plenty of storage along with tons of water to keep you hydrated on your runs.
Learn to read trail markers
Staying on course is one of the most important things you can do while trail running. Make sure you know what the trail markers look like.
And remember to read them correctly: 1 blaze means straight. 2 blazes means sharp turn. And 3 blazes mean the trails start or end.