Getting Trail Run Ready Part 1
So you are an active lifestyle enthusiast who also happens to live in a place with a bunch of nature trails and decent weather? Then you’ve come to the right place, because trail running is definitely something worth considering as an alternative to literally anything sports-related that you’ve been doing up until now. However, while it might seem as easy as throwing on your old sneakers and going for an easy jog in the forest, there are many, and I mean many, things to take into account if you want to practice trail running safely and successfully. Let me walk you through the journey that sitting on a couch with your slippers on to a trail running pro.
Get into the mindset
Trail running, like any other sport, requires an appropriate mindset for success. In the very beginning, you need to understand what challenges await you, what you should set as milestones and how you should approach difficulties. I’d recommend finding a couple of blogs (or vlogs) about trail running, taking a look at some of the most challenging trails for running in the world, finding people to follow on social media who would provide constant motivation and help you get out of bed on mornings you least feel like it. That way you will walk into the new activity prepared and determined not to drop everything the first time it gets truly hard.
Join trail running groups
While some claim that it’s most beneficial to join such groups later on, when you already have something to contribute from your own experience, there are a lot of perks of being a part of such group before you even start practicing the activity. First, the people will most likely be eager to help a new enthusiast, and advice from those who have been practicing trail running for a long time can be invaluable and help avoid many newbie mistakes. Moreover, you will get valuable insights about brands you should take a look at for your gear, beginner-friendly trails in the area and tips on how to not burn out.
Analyze your surroundings
Before you really dive in, you first need to understand where you’ll be running and what that means. Think about the prevailing climate conditions, the most common types of soil, research the difference between running on mountain trails versus forest trails. All these things need to be accounted for very carefully before you start buying up equipment an planning out the distance of your runs.
Consult a specialist
If you’re serious about this, you might want to do a one-time consultation with an experienced physiotherapist. Find one that specializes in helping sportsmen maintain their health and research questions you’d like to ask about trail running safety. They will most likely be able to recommend great equipment, such as wraps for joins, various exercises to make sure your knees are well taken care off, stretching routines to help your muscles recover as well as what you should do if you slightly hurt yourself while running. Such knowledge can be extremely helpful in order to not get discouraged by the amount of information the Internet has to offer.