New to trail running and wondering how to get started? Our experts will have you running on the beaten path in no time.
What is trail running?
There’s a great big world out there beyond the pavement, and trail running is a wonderful way to experience it. It’s a simple enough concept — get out in nature and go running in it. You can find running trails in the mountains, through a park in the mountains, through a park, on the coast, or really on any unpaved path. While the change in scenery from paved road to the great outdoors seems simple, there’s plenty to learn when you’re new to the scene.
We chatted with experienced Brooks employees about safety tips, how to start trail running, essential gear, and more.
- Water is essential for any run, but since trail running can take you far from the nearest water fountain, it’s best to make sure you’re well prepared with extra hydration. Consider a good hydration pack, which can come in the form of backpacks, vests, hip belts, or handheld bottles. Go to a local shop and try them on in person to find out what suits you best.
- In addition to water, pack a small first aid kit, your cell phone, and easy-to-carry foods like energy bars.
- Dress in layers to keep from getting too hot or cold if the weather suddenly changes. Gear like neck gaiters, arm sleeves, and bandanas are versatile — they can protect you from the sun, prickly plants, and insects and are easy to shed or tie to your pack. You can also put dip these in water in a stream or stuff them with ice at aid stations to cool off.
Get out on the trail
Trail running doesn’t have to be intimidating. Take it at your own pace, be safe, and enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors.
Now that you have a good collection of trail running tips for beginners in your back pocket, check out this this article that features some pearls of wisdom that will help you get started if you are new to running in general. Explore more running tips, advice, workouts, and stories on the Run Happy Blog.