5 EASY STEPS TO BE­COM­ING A TRAIL RUN­NER

Our ex­pert, Dave Tune, ex­plains how to get started in trail run­ning and max­imise your en­joy­ment

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

1 GET KIT­TED OUT

Trail shoes are key, as are mul­ti­ple lay­ers to ac­count for all weathers. In­vest in a wa­ter­proof jacket for rain, and breath­able socks for com­fort.

2 LEARN TO MAP READ

Whether you’re plan­ning your first foray on a new trail or ori­en­teer­ing on the run, it’s an es­sen­tial skill.

3 EM­BRACE THE MUD

With hills, un­pre­dictable weather and slower pace, run­ning off-road can be chal­leng­ing – but it will make you a stronger ath­lete.

4 START OFF SMALL

Al­low your train­ing to progress grad­u­ally. Be­gin on un­du­lat­ing ter­rain and in a few years you may be moun­tain-run­ning.

5 TALK TO EX­PE­RI­ENCED RUN­NERS

Ask their ad­vice on lo­cal trails to ex­plore, swap ideas on where is best to run in which sea­son, and get in­spired.

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