Tired of running past the same old houses and trees day after day? Then, take some advice from your local REI and hit the trails instead. Trail running opens a world of opportunities, complete with fresh air, challenging terrain, and unique scenery. If this activity piques your interest, check out the sports equipment store’s tell-all guide.
Trail Running for Beginners
1. Gear Up
The beauty of trail running is that you don’t need much outdoor equipment to enjoy yourself. However, for both your comfort and safety, there are a few items to consider including hydration packs, moisture-wicking clothing, and navigational tools. The only gear you absolutely need is a sturdy pair of running shoes capable of gripping onto slippery or rocky terrain.
2. Location, Location, Location
Now that you’re all geared up, it’s time to pick a trail. Consider starting small and gradually working your way up to more advanced areas. Guidebooks, websites, and REI’s Hiking Project app are all great ways to gain inspiration.
3. Practice Makes Perfect
Because of the uneven and often unpredictable terrain, trail running requires different footwork than street running does. So, don’t get discouraged if you stumble on your first time. Instead, keep your strides short, your head up, and your spirits high. You’ll improve with practice.
The trail awaits! But, before you head out, don’t forget to visit your local REI in-store or online for even more trail running resources as well as top-quality sports equipment.