When you do trail runs, safety should be a priority. Running on unknown terrain or in areas where you are unfamiliar, can be dangerous. It is important that you take precautions and always remain alert. Planning and sticking to trail guidelines are important. Follow these safety tips for trail running and you should be able to enjoy your escape into nature.
Take lots of water – First thing is water. You don’t want to become dehydrated in the middle of nowhere with no-one to help you. It is vitally important to make sure you carry enough water.
Wear sturdy shoes – Good quality and sturdy running or hiking shoes are important for your body. Your feet need to be protected and good shoes also help protect your joints and back. Rather invest in good quality shoes than pay thousands of pounds for chiropractors and physiotherapists and doctors.
Stick to the trail – Never leave the trail. The trail is set where it is for good reason. You may run into trouble with wild animals or dead ends or you may get horribly lost. None of these options are good for you. So, be safe and be smart and stick to the marked trail.
Take a friend – For many people, running or hiking may be a solitary thing and part of the time to re-energise. This is great and necessary. However, if you take a friend with that has the same goal and will not detract from your experience, you increase your safety. You are less likely to get lost when you’re two and one can get help if something happens to the other.
Don’t do stupid things – Jumping off cliffs, or seeing how far you can jump over a rock, or other things in that vein count as stupid. Not only are you probably going to injure yourself, but you are likely to damage the plants and ground that you are on. Stick to running or hiking and leave the shenanigans for when you’re at home.
Trail running is amazing. However, it is important to keep yourself safe while experiencing the wonder of this great sport. So, be smart and take care of yourself.