Get ready to hit the trails this fall!
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year for running. The air is crisp and the changing leaves offer a beautiful backdrop. Many people go for trail running during this season as the fall colours can be simply breathtaking. It’s also a last chance to get out and enjoy some time out in nature (until ski season that is!). Before heading out for a trail run, you want to be sure you’ve got all the right gear to keep you going. Here’s a quick recap of some of the top items to consider.
Trail running shoes offer more grip than your basic road running shoes. Since you’ll be running over uneven terrain, you want shoes that will offer decent support and grip—even when the ground below is damp or wet. Deep lugs (between 5 mm – 7 mm) will provide good traction on earthy terrain, but can make the shoes uncomfortable for running on pavement. When running on groomed trails with hard-packed earth, you may want to opt for a shoe with shorter lugs (2 mm – 4 mm).
The days are getting shorter and the air is getting cooler. When dressing for your trail run, be sure to have a few layers so that you can stay warm and dry while you run. Running tights may be necessary if it’s a particularly chilly day. Choose a breathable fabric that offers freedom of movement and a snug fit. When it comes to your core, make sure your base layer is made from a sweat-wicking fabric that will pull moisture away from your skin as your body temperature rises. A light windbreaker will help cut any cold winds; and late in the season, you may also want to consider wearing running gloves and a hat or headband to protect your ears.
Staying hydrated while you run is always important. When out on the trail, you’ll want to have water conveniently close at hand so you can take a sip whenever you need to. Hydration backpacks are a great solution for transporting a significant amount of water while you run. The bags are designed to evenly distribute the weight of the liquid so that it is comfortable for you to carry as you move.
Once you’ve got all the gear you need, you can happily set out for some beautiful fall trail running. Enjoy!