Trail Runners: Beware

eIf you are keen to start trail running you need to consider the safety aspects of this type of running.

1. Plan your route – make sure you know which trail you’re going to follow and stick to it. You don’t want to get lost as it’ll ruin the run for you.

2. Prepare yourself for all weather – in the UK even the weatherman can’t get the forecast spot on, so make sure you plan for all conditions and sudden changes in the weather. It’s a good idea to take layers so you can pull them on or off accordingly.

3. Take snacks – running is thirsty work and unlike the gym a trail doesn’t have a water machines posted on the route so take plenty of water to stay hydrated and any energy gels/bars that you might need to keep you going.

4. Don’t forget sun tan lotion – it’s always a good idea to wear sunscreen when you run outside as your exposed to the sun’s rays at all times (regardless of the time of year).

5. Stay safe – make sure someone knows where you are going and give them a copy of your route. It’s also ideal to let them know roughly what time you expect to be home. If you can take a mobile phone with you just in case you run into any problem or run with someone else. A running partner can be motivating and it’ll help you feel safe so you can enjoy your run.

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