The Joy of Running - Part Four Selecting a Trail
Trail Running covers a variety of scenic locations, providing sufficient challenge for all levels of runners. Gathering information about a trail is important before you run there. Select a trail that suits your level of fitness and skill sets.
Here are several things that you might want to know before you run on a trail.
- Length of the trail.
- Facilities available, (locations for water, restrooms, etc.)
- Printed Maps of trails, parking, facilities, Park Ranger Buildings, etc.
- Location, and capacity of parking facilities.
- Cell phone connectivity and quality. (always carry your cell phone with you, for added safety and communication)
- Weather conditions and protection.
- Rest areas.
- Degree of difficultly
- Elevational rise and fall.
- Trail surface (grass, gravel, dirt, pavement, etc.)
- Water crossings
- Mud, rocks, tree roots, and other obstacles.
Next week I will discuss apps/sites to help record and reach your progress