If you're going to hit the trails running this season—here are some great tips for aspiring dirt-track runners.
• Lift ‘em up—to avoid tripping, practice lifting your feet higher than you would on a treadmill or pavement.
• Variety is key—vary your runs by alternating longer, flatter trails with shorter, technical trails.
• Gear up for longer runs: if heading out on multi-hour runs, bring water, fuel (gels), a map, headlamp, first aid supplies and a little bit of cash (bus or taxi fare).
• Don’t hunch over when climbing hills—it restricts your breathing and limits your field of view.
• Know when to walk—even experienced trail runners know when a section is too technical to run through. Repeat after me: walking is OK.
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