Give Yourself More Time
Many runners transitioning from road to trail find themselves surprised by how much longer a trail run takes than a road run of the same distance. It simply takes more time to navigate hills, elevation gain and uneven surfaces. Instead of obsessing over numbers, tell yourself to ignore the pace on your watch and focus your attention on the natural surroundings.
Plan Ahead and Prepare
When you are running in a remote area for a longer period of time, prepare accordingly.
If you’ll be out for more than an hour, be sure to bring water, a source of calories, and any items you may need for changing elevation, temperature and weather.
Start with your water. You will likely want a hydration system, which could be a hydration pack with pockets to carry essentials, or a handheld running water bottle. The bottls and packs made specifically for running will make it easier to carry your H2O with you.
If you’re in a place where the weather could change quickly and unexpectedly, make sure you bring extra clothing for warmth or rain protection. Darcy Piceau, a professional runner for HOKA ONE ONE, says to start your run on the cold side but bring an extra layer in your pack. You will likely warm up quickly as you go, especially if you are heading up a mountain, but bringing the extra layer will give you an option if the weather turns.
Depending on how adventurous the course, you may also want a hat, gloves, dry socks and a lightweight emergency blanket. Before you take off, tell a friend where you’re going and when you plan to be back, and bring a map if the course is unfamiliar.