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Trail Running 101: A Beginner's Guide to Hitting the Trails

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Trail Running 101: A Beginner's Guide to Hitting the Trails


Trail running is a great way to get outside of the traditional fitness box and experience what nature has to offer while getting into great aerobic shape. However, if you're new to trail running or running in general, it can be intimidating to know where to start. In this blog, we'll share tips and advice for beginners who want to start trail running and make the most of their first few runs.


  1. Start Slow and Steady

The key to successful trail running is to start slow and gradually build your endurance and skill level. Begin with short, easy runs on flat terrain, and gradually increase your distance and intensity over time. Don't push yourself too hard too soon, as this can lead to injury and burnout. Remember, trail running is about enjoying the journey and not just reaching the finish line.


  1. Invest in Proper Gear

Having the right gear can make all the difference when it comes to trail running. Invest in a good pair of trail running shoes that offer traction, stability, and support. Look for shoes with rugged soles that can handle uneven terrain and provide good grip. Dress appropriately for the weather, and consider wearing moisture-wicking clothing to help regulate your body temperature. We highly recommend investing in a running vest or running belt - always bring your water and potentially light snacks! You can visit our Amazon Store for all our gear recommendations.


  1. Plan Ahead

Before hitting the trails, do some research and plan your route. Find a trail that's suitable for your skill level and has clear markings or signage. Bring a map or download a trail app (AllTrails is a great one) to help you navigate, and let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back.


  1. Mind Your Form

Trail running involves more varied terrain than road running, so it's important to pay attention to your form. Keep your gaze ahead, and focus on landing on the mid-foot or forefoot to absorb the impact of each stride. We have plenty of content that can teach your proper running form on the trails.


  1. Respect Nature and Others

Trail running is an opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Respect the environment by staying on designated trails, avoiding littering, and following the Leave No Trace principles. Be aware of other trail users, such as hikers and bikers, and yield to them when necessary.


  1. Join a Trail Running Group

Trail running can be a solitary or social activity. Joining a trail running group or club can provide motivation, accountability, and support as you navigate the sport. You can always join us every Saturday morning for Warrior Training where we venture out to local trails around Orange County together.


Happy trail running!


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