I discovered my love for running when I was just a kid, but my passion for trail running started when I visited Southern California during a summer in high school. I just fell in love with The Backbone Trail in Santa Monica Mountains. I felt so close to nature when I ran up and down the hilly terrains.
Often, you will find backpackers and mountain hikers along the way, and then that’s a whole new adventure. Of course, I will always advise trail runners to be careful of people you meet in these terrains.
Don’t get me wrong, I would never turn my back on road running. That’s what I grew up doing, and I will always have in my heart the joy running through the city or my hometown brings me. Besides, a road is much easier to find than a hiking trail or a mountainous terrain, right?
Very Important Reminders For Trail Runners
If you’re just starting to get the hang of trail running, I can tell your right now that it’s pretty close to road running. However, you have to be more physically fit because the terrain is not as smooth as a city’s road, for example. When it comes to clothing, wear the same thing you would wear in a road run, but try to choose something you wouldn’t mind getting dirty or snagged.
Then, you may also want to change your running shoes into trail shoes because trail runs will be too much for ordinary running shoes. You need shoes with greater stability and protection from injuries. It has to have protective soles. Some runners want to run barefoot, but as a beginner, you have to be careful because rocks along the train can be pretty sharp.
Don’t forget your water bottle, and this is something I tell everyone even those who don’t run that much. You need fluid to help you with hydration, and that’s something you should never underestimate. Furthermore, bring an insect repellant with you as you wouldn’t want to see yourself get eaten alive by mosquitoes during break time.
And finally, attach a lamplight or flashlight in your gear, especially if you plan to trail run at night. This will help you navigate in low-light conditions and find your way home.
When trying out a new sport or activity, just make sure you learn everything you need to about it. Having the proper knowledge and tools will help you enjoy it more.