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The Trail Running Guide

April 04, 2022 7 min read

The Trail Running Guide

This article is an automatic translation from our Original French blog. This text may contain translation errors. Thank you for your understanding.

What is trail running?

Trail running is a form of running in natural environments with varying terrain, obstacles and conditions. It can be used for training or for pleasure. Trail running is a more challenging, scenic and rewarding sport than road running. It involves off-road trails in forests, mountains, deserts or other areas where there are no roads. Trail runners often encounter rough terrain, loose gravel and rocks that can make it difficult to maintain good form. Trail runners must be prepared for the unpredictable nature of the terrain and have the necessary equipment. They also need to have an understanding of themselves, their abilities and their limitations to avoid injury. The best trail shoes should be light, flexible and durable with a low heel to toe drop to provide stability on rough terrain.
As a trail runner, you should always be prepared for unpredictable terrain. You also need to have the self-awareness to know what you can and cannot do. The necessary equipment is important as well as understanding your limits.

Feel the freedom of nature and escape to a natural environment at your own pace.

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If you have been living in the city for some time, you may feel like you are trapped in a box. You may also feel that your body is not getting enough exercise. Nature can be a great way to get away and feel the freedom of being outdoors. There are many trails and forests of varying lengths and difficulty levels, so there is something for everyone. If you are an athlete, nature can provide a great place to train with trails that allow you to run. The air is clearer and the views are better, which can make it easier to focus on your fitness. Running outdoors also offers many health benefits, such as stress reduction and improved cardiovascular health.

The benefits of trail running

Running is one of the best exercises you can do to stay fit. The terrain on a trail can be much more challenging than a paved road. And as you run uphill, you'll need to use your arms and legs in different ways to get up the hill. This will give your muscles a great workout while you do it.

1) The most obvious benefit of trail running is the opportunity to get a good cardio workout without having to go to the gym.
Running is an excellent form of exercise. For cardio it is much better than the typical 30 minutes on a treadmill. The runner will cover a variety of terrain from flat areas to steep hills and more. There is no better way to train, no matter what shape you are in.

2) It is not uncommon to find someone who loves to run but hates the idea of repeating the same route day after day. Running can be a great help in this scenario. Trail runners are still runners, but they often explore new routes depending on where they want to go that day. They also enjoy the outdoors and can see trees, hills, valleys and other natural features of their surroundings.

3) Running on trails can be a great way for runners who don't want to be limited by pavement or pavements and want more variety in their workouts.

This type of running not only offers more variability in your training, but also has many other benefits, such as being less tiring on joints and bones, feeling more connected with nature and having the opportunity to observe animals from a distance.

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How to start trail running?

Running is a great way to stay fit and healthy. You don't need a gym membership or expensive equipment to start. All you need is your two feet and some time.
If you're not sure where to start, here are some tips for getting started:

  • Find a training plan that suits your needs at the beginner level
  • Find a local running group
  • Join an online running community


Trail running is a great way to stay fit and explore the outdoors. The best way to get started with trail running is to start small. Find a trail near your home or workplace, preferably one without big hills or obstacles, and go for a walk. You can then try your first run on the same trail at a faster pace. Once you are comfortable with this, you can try new trails, slowing down or walking as needed and gradually increasing your pace as you go.

What type of trail should I run on?

The type of trail you should run on depends on your fitness level and the time of year. If you're a beginner, it's best to run in the summer because it's easier to get around and there's more shade. But if you're an intermediate runner, it's best to run in cooler weather because it's easier to make progress when the snow slows you down.

How to stay safe and enjoy your trail runs

Here are a few things to keep in mind for your safety:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch your position.
  • Know the terrain and potential hazards ahead.
  • If you are unsure of the trail, stay on the path.
  • Be careful when approaching animals. If they seem aggressive, leave them alone.

Hikers, runners and other outdoor enthusiasts should always be aware of their surroundings. Before you set out on a trail, make sure you know where it leads and the terrain you will encounter. This includes being aware of potential hazards such as cliffs, wildlife and more. When you are outdoors, always make sure you know where you are going and the terrain you will encounter. For example, if there is a difficult trail ahead that requires climbing, make sure you have the appropriate equipment with you.

What equipment do I need to start trail running?

Trail running is a form of running that is done off-road and on natural terrain. It can be done on dirt and paved roads, but the terrain is usually uneven.
To start trail running, you will need a pair of shoes specifically designed for this type of activity. Running shoes are not suitable for trail running because they have a flat sole that does not offer enough grip on the ground. Hiking or trail shoes are better suited to this type of activity as they have more grip, and they don't need to be as light as running shoes, so you can wear them with thicker socks if you want to avoid blisters. Running can be a daunting activity - but don't worry! You may want to start with a hike before hitting the trail. Hiking is a great way to get your body used to movement and help build muscle.

Trail Running Equipment Basics

The basics for a beginner trail runner's equipment are as follows:

  • A bag to carry water and other necessities.
  • A good pair of lightweight shoes with good traction.
  • A map and compass.
  • Good running clothes, including gloves or mittens, hat and sunscreen.
  • Good trail running gear will not only make your experience more enjoyable, but also safer and more successful.


You can use this equipment checklist to make sure you have everything you need before you hit the trails.

Trail running in the mountains

5 steps to start running in the mountains

Mountain runners are always looking for the best place to run. There are many places to run in the mountains, but not all of them will be suitable for everyone. When choosing a location, you need to consider your own level of fitness and experience, the weather conditions and the terrain. The first step is to find a place that has a good surface. The second step is to research the risks that may be present in the area. The third step is to find out about any injuries or illnesses that might affect your ability to run. The fourth step is to determine the level of training you need before tackling a new type of terrain or running at altitude. And finally, the fifth step is to do some good training runs before you go!

Trail running in the desert

Equipment for a desert run

The equipment needed for a desert race is different from that for a mountain race. Desert runs are usually very hot and runners need to be able to regulate their body temperature. They also need to be able to drink water without having to stop running.

Supporting your body during a desert run

Running in the desert is an intense physical activity. It can be difficult to maintain your hydration level. You need to drink water before, during and after the race. One of the most important things you can do is to stay well hydrated before the race starts. Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to a race, starting with at least one litre a day and gradually building up to two litres a day. This will help you get used to drinking more water than usual and get your body used to it so you won't have any problems on race day! Hydration is the key to a successful desert run. Running in a desert presents many challenges, such as heat, wind and sand. It is important to stay hydrated during the race.

6 pieces of equipment every runner should invest in

A desert runner is someone who runs in the desert and this can be much harder than running on a road. Desert runners need to take care of their feet, hydration and nutrition.
Here are six products that every runner should invest in:

1) A good pair of shoes - it's important to have a shoe that will protect your feet from rough terrain.

2) A watch with GPS - you need this to track your distance and time as well as your pace.

3) Hydration bag - you need water to stay hydrated during long runs, so having this bag on hand will ensure you don't run out of water.

4) Nutrition bars - these will give you energy for those long miles without having to stop for food.

5) Sun protection - it is important that runners protect themselves from UV rays when out in the sun for long periods of time, especially if there is no shade available.

6) A peaked hat and sunglasses.

Conclusion: start your journey into the world of trail running

This article was written to give you an overview of the world of trail running. If you are looking for a new challenge, trail running is exactly what you need. Not only is it an adrenaline-inducing experience, but it also helps to improve your mood and mental health. Running can be done anywhere with many different terrains to choose from. When you trail run, you are surrounded by nature. The sound of birds, running water and the wind blowing through the leaves is soothing and can be reassuring. There is a sense of accomplishment when you finish a long run and know that you have enjoyed running in nature.



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