Why Runners Should Hit the Trails More Often

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Whether you’re new to trail running or a seasoned vet, here are some tips and tricks to follow on your next running adventure.

Eyes forward
Try to look approximately 10 feet ahead to spot rocks, roots, uneven terrain, critters and other objects that could be on the trail.

Safety in numbers
Don’t run alone unless you’re familiar with the territory and know it is safe.

Timing is everything
Due to the canopy, woodland trails can be darker, so be sure to head out while there’s still plenty of daylight. Another option would be to invest in a headlamp.

Shoe game
While trail-specific shoes are not necessary, they are helpful since they have better tread and durability for the terrain.

Spray it, don’t say it
Mosquitos and ticks can be a major nuisance, so be sure to pack the bug spray. And if you live in bear country, be sure to pack the bear spray too.

Carry water or other dehydration zappers if you’re going to be out for a while.

Which way do I go?
Find trails by conducting a quick Google search for park systems in your area. You can also call local running stores or search the internet for Meet-Up groups.

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