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Equipment and Mindset – Getting Ready for Trail Running

Trail running is growing fast and winning over many people’s hearts, be them experienced runners or just starting out. Many wonder what exactly trail running involves, what equipment one needs to set out to the trails, or if their current training routine is enough.

Starting from the basics…

What is trail running?

Broadly speaking, your regular jog in the park could be considered as trail running. However, we’re not speaking in general terms. We’re talking about trail running that takes you across mountains and challenging terrains. Typical trail running terrains include forests, meadows, stone and scree paths, and sometimes even snow.

Trail running’s main goal is to experience nature on its rawest form. Unlike other kinds of running, such as the marathon, the pace during races is rarely consistent, thus, timings aren’t the focus of this sport. Instead, it focuses on self-awareness and overcoming challenges.

Depending on the route and weather conditions, runners will face several different challenges. You’ll come across pebbles, scree, rocks, grass, mud, water courses, and much more. Apart from endurance and technique, balance and focus play an important role when running the trails. And, of course, you need the right equipment.

 

But what about the technique?

Rest assured; trail running doesn’t require you to complete the course consistently at a running pace. In fact, this is often not possible. The course will require you to shift between walking and running when going uphill. Sometimes fast walking is a better option. The ascent in steep passages can be easier if you use your thighs, or you can rely on running poles for support and saving energy. When going downhill, however, it’s important to cushion the impact and land safely on the forefoot. Unlike running on asphalt, the arms are spread away from the body to keep your balance and to compensate for unevenness.

The most important thing, whether you’re going up or downhill, is to stay relaxed, have fun, and engage with the terrain. As a trail beginner, you’ll quickly realise that trail running is a full-body sport that works your muscles and coordination intensively.

 

And now, on to the equipment!

The most important thing in your trail running equipment is choosing the right shoes. You can run a trail lap on ordinary running shirts and shorts, but the profile and stability of footwear is crucial. Trail running shoes are available in a wide variety of designs, from entry-level shoes to “ultra-shoes” with more cushioning. As a rule, trail running shoes have a different sole profile when compared road running shoes. The outsole is usually built differently, the rubber coating provides better grip on uneven surfaces, studs and a deeper relief provide additional safety on muddy paths.

 

Trail running equipment, briefly put:

  • Running clothing
  • Good trail running shoes
  • Running jacket or warmer clothing
  • Backpack or running belt
  • Watch with GPS function or similar device
  • Sunglasses
  • Running poles
  • Snacks and water for the way

 

This is the general equipment for a trail running race, but it obviously depends on the distance and altitude that you’re going for. Not all distances require a backpack and not all trail runners use running poles. In the end, each runner decides on what equipment is best for them and for the race they’re taking on.

 

What about physical requirements?

Basic endurance is a must-have even for your first trail run, along with a reasonable assessment of your physical condition and a little running experience. It’s not a bad idea to get some practice before heading on to a race in the mountains, to get used to the terrain and altitudes.

Once you’ve taken the liking to the sport, there’s no stopping you. Curiosity takes over and your distances increase steadily. If you’re running a 20km trail course today, that’s already one step closer to an incredible adventure in a 100-mile challenge. However, remain conscious and don’t put yourself up to challenges that your body can’t endure. Measure your skills and adopt specific training and diet plans to ensure that you’re ready for what lies ahead. This will optimise your physical condition and help you be successful and remain injure-free.

 

Ready to try it out?

The One Hundred World Series is happening this year and some of the races already have their registrations open. Go on an adventure to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, even if it’s just for a few days in the nature, with no pressure.

Check out our website and join us in an unforgettable journey! www.onehundred.run

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