Millennials are into the finer things in life, good company, food, wine and amazing views.
So it should come as no surprise that trail running features high up on that list, pun intended, what many of us don’t actually know is what it exactly involves and what equipment is required. There are countless places that offer trail running as an activity especially when you go camping.
We have partnered with Camp4 to give you some easy tips for the amateur or beginner runner.
What is trail running?
Trail running is an off road type of running. You will typically run on mountains, reserves and farms. Road runners and trail runners seldom cross run, in other words a road runner won’t necessarily participate in off road racing and vica versa. Trail running competitions allow you to select different distances just as in road running however, distances are seldom above 15km due to the vigorous sport. Distances above this are usually “challenge” like races or “Ultra” Marathons.
Top 5 tips for the amateur trail runner
1.Start on the road.
A bit of a contradiction to our statement above but as a starting point, we suggest that you start road running first, simply to build up some sort of muscle and strength in your legs before moving onto trails. Once you are able to run a 5km road run – you will be able to do a 3km trail run.
2. Take It slow
Don’t push yourself too hard too quickly. Take things slow and soak up the sunshine, after all that is what trail running is about right? Walk in between, take pictures and enjoy the scenery.
3. Find a group to run with
As the terrain is often rugged, training and running by yourself is never suggested. Join a group or find like minded people who would enjoy trail running. By joining a group you often receive additional tips and pointers about the routes in your area as well as having the added advantage of increased safety should something go wrong.
4. Invest in decent shoes
Trail running shoes vary greatly in prices – In this instances it pays to spend more. You require good foot support. Knowing your running style can greatly help when choosing shoes. Do you know what your Pronation style is? Have a look here for more information on Pronation.
5. Pack for emergencies
ALWAYS pack some sort of survival/medical kit if you are running alone. Even something small that can be strapped to your waist is better than nothing. Ideally you need to have something warm with you in case you get stuck somewhere and the temperature drops, first aid gear that has something to dress an open wound or a broken bone, an energy snack and some sort of survival knife