Today was just kind of one of those mornings…that I needed a run for my soul. Do you know what I mean? Awesome miles with the gang getting it in. It’s always a good day when you can get in 7 miles before 7 a.m.
Speaking of running for my soul…lately my soul has been loving trail running. Gearing up for my upcoming trail relay I’ve been loving being out there along the dirt path. But for those of us that are mostly road runners, sometimes trail running can be completely out of our comfort zone. There are definitely tricks to having a great trail running experience. Here are some things to remember to bring with you so you can have a fun run in the woods!
–Trail running shoes- They definitely have shoes that are specific to the trail that will help you navigate rocks, roots and other tricky obstacles. Check your local running store for the latest and greatest in trail run shoes. I personally love Asics for running trails and any shoes with a good grip on the bottom. And I also hear that Brooks has a fancy new trail run collection.
–Deep woods bug spray- This brand is my go to when it comes to being out in nature in Texas. I don’t know about you but the mosquitoes and bugs are something serious down here. To avoid getting bug bites I spray this stuff on my legs, arms and even clothes since sometimes the bugs are so ruthless they will bite through fabric too.
–Sunscreen- Not only is this important on the roads but the same thing goes for the trails especially in the summer. I like to keep my skin protected with a strong SPF/sports type of lotion.
–Compression socks and/or gaiters- I have some friends in my running club that wear the gaiters and seem to like them. Having socks and anything to protect your ankles and lower parts of your legs is key.
–Hydration vest/ backpack- Hands down my Camelbak has been the best investment for trail running. I love how easy it is to fill up and go and depending on how big your hydration system is you can get a ton of water in there that will literally last you hours.
What are some of your essential go to items for trail running?