Where should people run their miles? There are a lot of trail closures happening all over, so do you have any advice for runners during these unprecedented times?
Yes, depending on where you live, everything is different. In many places, parking lots are becoming overcrowded, and trails are becoming congested.
My message to the community is this: It’s great to get activity, but stay local and close to home. If a trailhead is packed with cars, don’t go there. Go somewhere else. Be conscious of your surroundings, be considerate of social distancing guidelines, and make sure that you’re sharing the space appropriately and providing respectful space for others. If you live somewhere where the trails are still open, try to go running there during times that aren’t busy (if possible).
Also, avoid getting into a high risk situation, like going out into the wilderness on exposed terrain, or on grueling efforts that could have consequences if you’re not careful. You don’t want to engage your local search and rescue team because you decide to do something risky.
This is also an opportunity to think creatively about how you get in your miles, whether that’s laps from home or loops in your backyard. (Check out the Mystery Run.)
What are some creative things you’ve seen Trail Sisters doing for miles?
Some folks have been doing laps up and down their stairs multiple times to contribute one or two miles at a time. That’s a lot of steps!
April 11 marked year four for us at Trail Sisters. We’ve done so much in four years, and I’m really proud of that. I hope to continue growing Trail Sisters, getting more women out on the trails and boosting their confidence in the sport and in everyday life.
Eventually, we’ll get out for trail tours again, camps and even a Trail Sisters trail race. But there are a lot of uncertainties right now. We’re also hoping to do more with not only women’s trail races but trail races everywhere.
Until then, you can learn more about the trail sisters community virtually and sign up for the Camaraderie Challenge below.