What is Trail Running
Trail Running is a sports combined of running and hiking offroad. It has a lot of difference from road running and any other running sports. Trail running ussually takes place on dirt roads or on the mountains which consist of technical trails, steep and long ascents and knee struggling descents.
Trail running reduces injuries because of the soft surface of the trails, strengthen core muscles, build up mental capacity to over come technical circumstances, Burn calories, improve balance and agility
Trail Running Gears / Checklist
Proper gear and equipment’s are highly recommended for this technical sports.
- TRAIL RUNNING SHOES
This type of shoes offers high traction on rugged/offroad terrain. which has deep lugs and bigger threads to give stability and better footing. Even tho trail running shoes are made from light weight material foot protection are not being compromised by placing hidden plates to protect runners foot from rocks and roots.
- HYDRATION VEST With WATER BOTTLES or DRINKING BLADDERS
or running vest, made from lighweight and sturdy material which provide big and small pockets for water bottles, bladders, power gels and other trail running necessities. It is also deisgned to fit on a runners upper body for it to be not to shaky and not to look sluggish during the run.
- PAIR OF TREKKING POLES
Or trail running poles made from lighweight aluminum material without compromising its durability. It helps a runner during Ultra races, steep ascent and deep descents
A Good headlamp for trail running consist of the follwing;
1. good Battery life
2. water resistant
3. shock resistance
4. with different modes
5. High Lumen capacity
6. light weight
- LIGHTWEIGHT JACKETS or WIND BREAKER
Protection from cold weather or during rainy season. lightweight and packable.
- PERSONALIZED FIRST AID KIT
consist of the ff;
3. Pain relievers
5. thermal Blanket
6. wound care
7. Oral re-hydration salts
- IDENTIFICATION CARD
in case you got into some unexpected event (Got lost, accidents etc..)
- VISOR or CAPS
protection from sunlight and to prevent those perspiration on coming to your eyes.
- GPS WATCH / WATCH
to keep track of your route, distance and Time.
Prevents small rocks and sands from getting in to your shoes and socks.
- MUSCLE COMPRESSIONS
helps you recover during long distance races and makes you perform better by getting better blood circulation, reduce blood lactate and minimizee muscle movement during the run. This can also be used during post run for a faster and better recovery
- TRAIL FOODS & POWER GELS
There are varieties of trail foods and power gels. From low carb to high carb, High caffeine content to low caffeine content, Sodium content and more. This helps a runner to sustain the energy needed during training’s and races.
Used for signaling in case of emergency.
- TRAIL RUNNING SOCKS
This socks are custom made for trail running or running you can choose from a different variation of fully cushioned to minimalist socks.
- MOBILE PHONES
Used in case you need to call anyone in case you got lost or got into any accidents and any other unexpected event during the run.
Since trail running requires great stamina, Strong core muscles and big amount of endurance cross training are highly suggested while not on training / running. From Swimming, Biking, Yoga and a lot more.
Here are some examples of good cross training that can be done at home (you can do your own routine depending on what you focus on)
– Plank with rotation
– up and down plank
– flutter kicks
– leg raise
– air bike crunch
leg (calf and quads)
– calf raise with weights
– Squat jump
– lunges with weights
– side lunges with weights
– interval wall sit
– Push ups
– overhead press
– bench press
– bentover row
– one arm row
Running on the trails or in the woods satisfies one souls
craving for nature.