Trail running is particularly popular during this season. Increasing numbers of runners and wannabe-runners are pulling away from the roads and heading out into nature… but can anyone start trail running just like that? What should you watch out for? We have put together some simple tips to follow if you want to start trail running:
1. Be spontaneous
Starting trail running is very easy, just start running. Nonetheless you should not exaggerate when you start out; begin with a slow pace and get used to your new surroundings. Spontaneity is good at this point as it helps you beat laziness and encourages you to start running at any time of the day or night. At the end of the day, running is one of the oldest sports in history.
2. Learn to love your home run
A running lap starting from your home, whether 2 or 5 kilometers long, has many benefits. First, you do not need a car so it means the run can begin more spontaneously, as we recommended in section 1. Secondly, you can easily keep track of your progress because the trail will always be the same. Apart from that you always have an easy way to move and vent your frustrations after a long day at the office. Even when you have no field paths, forests, hills or mountains near your house, this is still ideal training during the week to stay fit for your next trail run.
3. Invest in equipment
Not many like to hear this but it is recommended to invest in good sports shoes and clothes if you decide to exercise on a regular basis. High quality products are better for your feet and joints, and running clothing supports temperature regulation and performance. If you wear cheap or worn out shoes you are not doing your body any good. With trail running in particular you should make sure you have the necessary support and grip.
4. Find a running partner
In a recent post we discussed the benefits of joining a running group. These benefits also apply to trail running. Of course, there are runners who prefer to cover ground on their own, but if you are not that sort then find a running buddy with which to run – like that you both enjoy the benefits of it. Here you can read up on those benefits.
5. Variety is the spice of life
Yes, in section 2 we said that your home run is perfect for training, but that does not mean that it is enough. If you always run the same way and under the same conditions then you are probably in agreement with those who think that running is boring. Variety is what spices up your sports life. New running paths pose new challenges and surroundings. Another thing you could vary is your running shoes. For example, if you use natural running shoe your feet experience a completely different kind of pressure. Variety is especially fun while trail running, where you can try out nature to the full.
What do you think of these tips? Tell us about yourselves - are you trail runners or have you just started out?