Wonderful news for our evening groups we are back in Sutton Park this week, hopefully the weather holds so this will be an absolute treat!
Trail running presents different challenges to running on the pavements and I want us all to stay safe so here’s a few reminders:
Proceed with caution – Off road running will feel harder and you will probably go slower. Accept this and find a new pace according to the difficulty of the terrain. Be patient, especially to start with, enjoy the connection with nature.
Be present in the moment – Trail running presents different challenges every time you go out – mud, stones, water, tree roots. At first you will need to really think about picking up your feet but over time it will become second nature. Try not to get involved in deep and meaningful conversations as it’s a distraction!
Keep your eyes on the trail ahead – You won’t be able to see if you are too close to the person ahead so give them room. This also gives you chance to stop if they do trip over. No one wants a muddy trainer in the back when they are already face down in it!
Practicalities – If you’re going out on your own remember your phone. At all times have your ICE details with you and if you suffer with Asthma bring your inhaler. Remember to wear sunscreen and a cap if it’s very bright. Insect repellent too.
Gear – The right trainers and the right socks are important for grip and the comfort of dry feet. I don’t recommend trail shoes for running in Sutton Park because we do a mixture of terrain and trail shoes do not offer the support that many of us need. Ask Sutton Runner for expert advice.
Strength and Balance – Trail running requires a strong trunk to help you stay on your feet! There are balance exercises in our warm up but it’s worth building strength into your weekly exercise routine. Just a few exercises at home will make all the difference.
Other Park Users – Please be courteous to other park users. When on the tarmac roads it is worth generally keeping to the right hand side. This is especially important where there is traffic but also useful for cyclists. Be aware of our four legged friends! There will be dogs, cows and horses in the park. Tripping over is generally the biggest hazard dogs present. Try to stay calm and quiet around the cows and horses, slow down and go around them. Avoid if there are loose dogs.
Stay safe SE Fitness and enjoy!