Here are some tips in preparation for a trail run.
1) Anyone can participate in trail running. Trails are actually more forgiving on the body as opposed to road running and pounding the pavement. Trail running can help “cushion the joints.
2) Gear. Try a hand-held water bottle, a torso pack, fanny pack or Camelbaks. Bring an energy gel or energy bar for nourishment. Trail shoes, Dri-Fit or wicking shirt, shorts and a great pair of socks are a must! If your feet feel good, you feel good.
3) Blisters are common when starting out. Sprinkle some baby powder in your socks or use petroleum jelly on your feet. It helps reduce the friction and provides a lubricant to keep them from chafing.
4) Map your route. Research your trail run. Before going out, make sure you tell someone where you are going and about how long you expect to be gone.
5) Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or help from experienced trail runners. Most veterans are more than happy to run with beginners.
6) Trail running is a total body workout. Your core, upper body, and lower body all get a rigorous workout as trails require balance, agility and stability.
7) Be patient. Trail running, unlike road running, is not about personal records. Run for time, rather than mileage and be sure to enjoy the views!