Like hiking, trail running can expose you to a wide range of conditions. You’re often out for long periods of time and cover an eclectic variety of rugged terrain, so it’s crucial to be fully equipped. To help you get the most out of your off-road training, here are our top 10 trail running essentials:
If you cover a wide variety of terrain, from roads and stony paths to grass, mud and everything in-between, you’ll need a shoe that is tough, comfortable and quick to drain and dry. These are also a great choice if you’re just starting. They provide the perfect amount of grip and plenty of support and protection from rocks and debris so you can try a wide range of different routes.
Dehydration can lead to cramp, muscle fatigue and impeded performance. An electrolyte mix in your hydration bladder or bottle will replenish vital salts lost in sweat. A water reservoir or bladder allows you to carry up to 3L of water and easily rehydrate on the move. If you’re not planning on covering that much ground, take at least one bottle of water with you.
This is a post-run essential. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in wet and muddy shoes and clothes. Your body will also rapidly cool down again after a run. Whether you leave some comfortable, dry clothes and shoes in the car or in a pack at the race day bag drop, you’ll be grateful for them at the end of your run!