You must not be the first person to get tired of running on ordinary streets. If you are hit by saturation, maybe it’s time to try running a trail. With the increasing popularity of recent trail runs, the path options that can be tried and fellow trail running friends are now easy to find. But do not forget to remember the following tips before starting to explore nature.
Get to know your fitness level and expertise. Not all runners can conquer every trail because nature offers so many types and intensity of obstacles. Paths with flat surfaces are suitable for starters, while more experienced runners can choose paths with challenging slopes or twists.
Wear Appropriate Equipment
Use special shoes to run trail and wear clothes with materials specifically designed for running. Don’t forget to match clothes with weather conditions so you don’t get too hot or cold.
If possible, run together. If the situation forces you to run by yourself, tell your friends or family the path you are going to pass and the estimated number of hours you will finish.
Running trail usually gives greater stress to the body than running on ordinary roads. Therefore you should reduce the speed when running in the trail to avoid injury.
If all this time you are accustomed to running on the asphalt with a straight line, practicing running or competing on the trail is a new experience for your body. With so many variations in movements and steps, you need a strong ankle, a strong body pivot, a strong center, and strong hips to navigate between rocks and trees. Do weight training to strengthen the muscles needed to run this type.
Always be alert, watch out for the surroundings, and watch the path in front of you. Don’t look down at your feet so that you can see if there are rocks, tree roots, pieces of wood, or tree branches blocking the road.
Beware of climbs
Control posture, speed, and technique when running across sharp inclines and slopes to avoid injury.
Estimate the time you need to complete your chosen trail so you can determine what quantity and type of food and hydration you have to carry. Make sure you avoid thirst, hunger, and weakness especially if there is still half the distance to go.