9 MIS­TAKES YOU WON’T MAKE if you read this! TURN THE PAGE TO SW­ERVE NEW­BIE SLIP-UPS

Trail-run­ning new­comer Ruth Jones re­veals nine com­mon blun­ders you can eas­ily avoid if you read on

Trail Running (UK) - - You Can Do It -

Wel­come to the ex­hil­a­rat­ing, life-af­firm­ing joys of trail run­ning. First, al­low us to ex­plain why you should get off the beaten track as you take those ini­tial steps as a run­ner… Trails are, by def­i­ni­tion, softer ter­rain than roads, so are far eas­ier on your joints. Off-road run­ning in­volves traf­fic-free coun­try­side, al­low­ing you to es­cape the of­ten stress­ful trap­pings of ev­ery­day life. Don’t fret if you live in a city, though, as if you al­ready en­joy walk­ing through your lo­cal park or wood­lands, you’ll know there are plenty of off-road op­tions wher­ever you are. In­vest in a lo­cal Ord­nance Sur­vey (OS) map to get fa­mil­iar with nearby foot­paths – they’ll soon be­come your reg­u­lar run­ning routes. Con­tain your en­thu­si­asm to run too fast too soon – in­stead, just en­joy ex­plor­ing, and fo­cus solely on main­tain­ing a re­laxed form and strong pos­ture to avoid in­jury. Al­ways tell some­one where you’re head­ing on your run in case you lose your way, wear prop­erly fit­ted trail shoes to suit the ter­rain, and layer up if the weather’s change­able to al­low for all sea­sons in one day. Read on to find out how to avoid the most com­mon mis­takes new­bie run­ners make…

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