Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am clumsy. I have fallen when running on the road and have fallen even during races.
So who would have guessed that this summer, I am running on trails.
Obviously after only a few trail runs, I am not an expert but here are FIVE of my tips to help you enjoy your time running on the trails:
1. Wear Proper Running Shoes.
You can run with normal running shoes but wearing shoes made for trail running will give you more grip on the uneven rocky or muddy ground. It will also give you peace of mind.
2. Use Bug Spray/Tick Repellent.
Yes, trails especially in the summertime are buggy. I even spray insect repellent on my clothes. I also wear compression calf sleeves to protect my legs from ticks.
3. Never Run Alone.
Because on the trails there is a greater possibility of either getting lost or falling, I think it is always best to run with a buddy. If you are alone (or get separated from your friend), make sure you have a charged cell phone with you!
4. Run on Different Trails.
Even running on the SAME trails can get boring. If you are not fortunate to be part of group-organized trail runs, explore the Internet and the AllTrails app to find trails within driving distance of where you live or work. You’ll be surprised at how many hidden treasures you’ll discover.
5. Slow Down and Enjoy the Scenery
In other words, look around. Listen to the different sounds. Don’t miss a distant lake or not stop at an overlook. Trail running definitely gives you the opportunity to appreciate nature more. It’s ok to walk. It’s not the time to work on speed. I recommend not even wearing a watch!!
Happy Running! Do run on trails? If so, any other tips? Please share.
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