With the arrival of the summer solstice it’s time to celebrate summer trail running. Summer is my favorite time of year to hit the trails for trail running. The leaves are lush and green and the trails are prime for running. This is a time when tons of runners, hikers and mountain bikers are out on the trails having a blast enjoying the beautiful weather.
There are some things that you need to keep in mind when you head out on the trails in the summer to make trail running fun but also to keep your body safe and your mood happy when you are running.
We welcome the sun and warmth with open arms when it finally arrives in New Hampshire. When you are out trail running you need to remember however that the sun is beating down and also that ticks and other insects such as deer flies especially mid summer can be a nuisance.
Here are some things that you can do to protect yourself:
- Wear Compression Socks or other tall socks. Keeping your legs covered can help to prevent ticks from hitchhiking and can make them more visible so easier to detect. Remember to always do a tick check post trail run.
- Wear a Hat. Not only is a hat great protection from the sun but it is also a good way to protect your head as well from ticks that may be dropping off of trees.
- Don’t forget your SPF. Just because you are in the woods doesn’t mean that the suns rays can’t be harmful to you. Choose an SPF of at least 30 to protect you from the sun UVA and UVB rays and to protect you from skin cancer. Choose a sunscreen such as Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 which is more natural and can be gentler on the skin
Safety is something that we all need to consider when we go onto the trails whether it be to trail run, mountain bike or hike. There are many things that you can bring along with you to help you stay safe!
- Carry a Whistle. You can never be too safe. A whistle can help alert someone that you are in trouble. Many hydration packs come with a whistle already attached such as the Nathan INTENSITY WOMEN’S 6 LITER HYDRATION BACKPACK.
- Don’t Forget Your Phone. I always carry my phone with me when I run since the Boston Marathon in 2013. It’s become habit. This can be an important safety tool on the trails if you run into trouble you can call for help. Friends and Family can also use the Find My Friends App to find you when you are out and about on your adventures. You can also use the map programs should you get lost. Most phones can be carried in a Hydration pack or vest or in phone sized pockets that a lot of running apparel has now.
- Bring a Bear Bell. This may seem strange to many of you but did you know that I actually encountered a black bear when I was out trail running once (Read about my Bear encounter here). Thankfully everything ended well in this instance. I didn’t have a bear bell at that time which I plan to carry now when I run because the noise of the bell can be enough to scare bears away. It can be worn on a pack or even worn on your dogs collar.
- Tell Someone Where You Are Going. Always let someone know where you will be when you head out for a trail run with an approximate time for how long you plan to be out.
- Know the Trails You Are On. Many trails will have a map at the trail head so I always snap a picture to carry on my phone in case I need to refer to it for directions. Familiarize yourself with any new trails before you head out to reduce the chances of getting lost.
- Bring a Friend. Safety in numbers. Enough said!
The trails are a precious gift for us to be able to use. It is our responsibility as trail runners and hikers to protect the trails. Here are some things that you can do to do your part:
- Leave No Trace. If you bring fuel with you on the trail be sure to pack out any trash. We need to keep the trails pristine.
- Stay On The Trail. The trails are there for a reason. You can help protect to the flora by staying on the trail that is already there. The plants off the trail are delicate and need to be protected.
- Volunteer For A Trail Crew. There are often groups that get together to maintain the trails. If you run on the trails then you can do your part by joining as a volunteer to help take care of the trails.
Cool Summer Running Gear from Addidas
Now that you are ready to hit the trails and be safe let’s take a peek at some of the great summer running apparel from Addidas for when you hit the trails. Check out these great capris, shorts, tanks and sports bras perfect for your next trail run and to wear while you are staying fit this summer!