Trail Running Tips

By: Kellie McKinney

No single trail is the same. Each offers its own unique challenge. There are groomed trails that are wide, and then there are narrow trails with a variety of obstacles, including tree roots, rocks, hills, mud, and more. 

Running off road can be exhausting at first, and it may take you up to twice as long as your normal run, especially in the early stages of training. 

When heading out to the trails, make sure to run with your buddies or dog, tell someone where you are going and take a cell phone with you for safety. Make sure to pack H2O and fuel. 

Keep your eyes on the trail. It can be tempting to look at the scenery around you, but doing so can quickly lead to tripping and falling. 

Slow down ! Running on trails can be a lot more demanding than the roads, especially if it's a singletrack trail with roots, rocks, and other obstacles. It is best to avoid comparing your pace, because you will be slower than your normal road-running pace. 

It's wise to invest in a pair of trail running shoes. The rugged tread offers better traction on muddy, wet trails. 

Bringing hydration with you on a trail run is vital! You never know how long it is going to take to complete the trail. Some days might take longer than others due to mud, water, hills, etc. 

Most importantly- have fun!!!

Run Happy coffee cocoa smoothie by TNN

  • 1/2 cup chilled coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 frozen banana /sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted almonds
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder

Combine in blender and process until desired consistency 

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