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Transitioning to spring running

As the weather warms up and winter fades away, runners everywhere are eagerly anticipating the joys of spring trail running. From the beautiful vistas to the soft dirt trails, there is nothing quite like taking a run in the springtime outdoors. But transitioning to spring running can take some getting used to, especially for those who are used to running on roads or in colder weather.

Here are a few tips to help you make the transition to spring trail running:

1. Dress appropriately: The temperatures may be warming up, but the trails are still far cooler than the roads, especially if you are mountain running. Make sure to layer your clothing so that you can adjust to the changing temperatures. Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics and be sure to bring a windbreaker or light jacket if the weather is windy. Always check the weather and trail conditions.

2. Wear the right shoes: The trails can be slippery and uneven so make sure to wear shoes with good traction and support. Trail running shoes are designed to provide the extra grip and cushioning needed to tackle the terrain.  If there are sections of snow or the monorail season in the mountains you may want to have some traction such as screw shoes or micro spikes.

3. Start slow: Don‘t try to go too hard too fast. Take it slow and steady as you build up your endurance and strength.  If you have been running indoors or on roads it will take a bit to get used to running on varied terrain with rocks, roots and hills.

4. Stay hydrated: The warmer temperatures and longer runs will mean you will need to drink more water to stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle or hydration pack with you on your runs to ensure you stay hydrated.

5. Watch for wildlife: Spring brings out all kinds of wildlife, including snakes and other animals that may be on the trails. Be aware of your surroundings and don‘t forget to be mindful of bear waking up from hibernation. Many animals will have their young with them and need to have their space.  Always leave the animals alone, especially if you see babies.

 With these tips, you‘ll be ready to make the transition to spring trail running and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Happy trails!  If you would like some help with your summer goals reach out to see if I can help you!  I offer personalized one on one coaching and custom training plans to help you have fun training for your goals!