20 Trail Insider Tips To Achieve Success With Trail Running

Female Trail Runners at Berry Spring Park Race

You workout. You train. You take fitness classes. You sweat. You ache. And for…?

Working out regularly is tremendous, so don’t get me wrong at all.

It’s just that at least once you ought to measure your fitness, test your fitness, test yourself by doing something out of the ordinary, something .…just damn crazy.

Working out regularly is tremendous, so don’t get me wrong at all. It’s just that at least once you ought to measure your fitness, test your fitness, test yourself by doing something out of the ordinary, something …just damn crazy.

Like Trail Running, which is essentially a run out in nature or your nearby woods. It's the perfect mix of stamina with a dash of crazy if you are used to fitness classes and 5K's done on paved roads. Trail running works the legs and require some good use of your upper body as well. Most trail runners can attest to the fact that it requires concentration and attention to natural obstacle courses that test you in every way possible — and then some.

Trail running opens up a whole new world for runners & fit enthusiasts beyond paved surfaces.

Trail run races are making a comeback due to Covid precautions needed in the running community as it pertains to big in-person events. An abundance of endurance athletes and new trail runners are hitting the trails to stay fit, be socially distanced outdoors and have less of a desire to run even a traditional road race marathon or triathlon.

Many of them are turning to trail running because of the challenge and it tests of every muscle and brain fiber in your body.

You’ll have to run, climb, crawl, hop, walk to endure.

And that’s the fun of it.


Beginner Trail Running Tips Guide

Beginner Trail Running Route in Austin, TX

New to running trails or bored with running the same old roads?? We got you!

FastChix Chole had this to share: “Trail running just adds an entire amazing element to running. So if you are tired of running the roads - check out trail running! It's awesome!

Everything you need to know before heading off to be one with nature on the off beaten path is right here in this Beginner Trail Running & Racing Tips Guide.

It may seem that trail running is similar to running on the roads - far from! There are some special differences and distinctions to be familiar with before you hit the trails.

With our upcoming trail race event, our team wanted to compile a list of our best trail running tips that can act as a guide for you and your training partner.

We want you to have wild fun and a successful race using the following tips which are uncomplicated, practical, keep you safe and not hard to do!

Let’s have some dirty fun on the trails!


20 Trail Running Tips for Beginners

1. All Trails Are Different.

What we love about trail running is that every trail has its own unique set of challenges & terrain. Trails are also dynamic. Heavy rains and droughts can completely alter the trail to present fresh new challenges.

There are groomed trails that are wide, have some of that pretty looking salmon colored crushed limestone or granite - perfect for transitioning from treadmill & road running.

Next up we have those trails which seem to have barely carved out paths - fancy word for it is “singletrack” trails - that come with its own quirky variety of obstacles, including tree roots, rocks, sand, hills, mud, and water crossings.

Singletrack trails tend to be more demanding in nature and offer a dynamic running experience.

2. Trails Have Rules

Leave no trace, and don’t litter - this is like #1 in the trail run commandments.

Be kind and courteous by yielding to other trail users (hikers,mountain bikers, equestrians).

Navigate along marked trails and run through puddles - splash!

Special attention should be given when downhill running. In those instances out on the trail , the downhill runner should yield to uphill runners - the have the vantage point in vision and it’s easier to go down then up.

3. Speed & Ego’s Trail No-No’s

Running trails can be fatiguing when you are first starting out as a beginner trail runner. Think about it - you are using your entire body to navigate and stay upright while moving forward.

You will see a significant drop in your pace (slower) and an increased time it takes you to normally cover the same distance on a run done on a flat surface - when first starting out in your training.

Best thing you could do to truly enjoy nature and embrace trail running would be to ditch your ego, ignore your watch, forget strava segments, slow your pace, and focus on finding your own movement rhythm.

Suzy, an experienced trail runner in our tribe, shared with our teamIn that “if you stick with it, in a matter of weeks, you’ll be running up hills you used to walk, and you’ll embrace being one with the terrain.

4. Trail Buddy Safety System

Trails are typically off the beaten path and not densely populated - so we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE- trail runners to get a Road-ID safety bracelet or shoe charm.

Heading out to the trails requires you to use the buddy system for safety. Run with your training partner or bring your dog if possible.

Local SBRF Tribe Tip: There are special trails for running with your dog off leash in the Austin area, Safety tips from our Tribe include: telling someone which trail you will be at, and taking a FULLY charged cell phone with you for safety, packing extra water/fluids and nutrition, having a copy of the trail map on you or screenshot phone, and use one of those tracking apps/alerts that come with most of our fitness trackers/watches.

Lastly, If you run alone, always be mindful of what’s going on around you and only you [1] earbud if you plan on listening to a podcast/music.

5. Trail Sighting Scan 3x3