Brooks Running’s Master Trail Runner and Ultra-running legend, Scott Jurek, shares his list of essentials when hitting the trails for a new running adventure.
For a group trail running experience with pace leaders a safety check-in, and distances for every ability, join us on June 6 at Lake Fairfax at 7:30 a.m. for the =PR= Trail Series powered by Sport & Spine Rehab, with nutritional support from Picky Bars.
Our trail runs are fun, free, and serve as a great way to check out all that our area trails have to offer!
Trail Run Essentials:
Navigation. Consider bringing along your Garmin or some type of GPS communication device, cell phone, or wrist top compass. A simple topographic map of the trail you’re about to run also comes in handy.
Sun Protection. Use sunscreen on exposed areas that receive direct sunlight. A shirt, hat or visor, and pair of sunglasses will help lessen the impact of the sun.
Insulation. Packing a lightweight synthetic or ultralight vest can be a lifesaver for long, remote trail outings in the event you become lost or become injured and must wait for help to arrive.
Illumination. There are a variety of mini headlamps, lighting systems, and products to help you see and be seen out on the trail. (At =PR= you’ll find a huge selection of these items from brands like Nathan.)
Basic First Aid. This can be as simple as a small roll of elastic adhesive bandage tape, or a mini roll of Ace bandage. Duct tape is also useful in a pinch for closing a wound or wrapping an injury. Duct tape of course does not “flex” so use caution to avoid restricting blood flow to the injury. While we are on the topic of duct tape, it’s also a universal “fix it” item and should be part of your kit if you’re going to run long in unexplored territory.
Nutrition. Bring a little bit of extra food than you think you’ll need. Perhaps a couple of extra hours of energy and extra calories will be necessary if you become lost and need to think clearly to get out of the wilderness.
Hydration. Know the reliable water sources on your route and the map. If traveling in dry environments, bring extra water. Try out the various packs we have in our stores to see which one best suits your needs.
Emergency shelter. While a trail runner is not likely to bring a tarp or tent on a run, a lightweight waterproof shell like the Brooks LSD jacket sold at =PR= can also act as an emergency shelter.
For more tips, advice and information about trail running, visit us at the trail run series or stop in at one of our eight locations in the Northern Virginia / Metro DC area.