Posted: 26/05/2016 at 11:24
Haha - you lot are making trail running sound like going up Everest!
I've been running off road a lot more this year and I've found a lot of things come naturally eg you spend a lot more time looking down at the ground in front of you than you do when on the road. Tree roots, rocks, holes, uneven ground can all cause a stumble or fall.
If you are driving somewhere to do your run take a towel and lots of dry warm clothes plus some food and water - depending on how far you are from home/shops the easy access to warmth and hunger satisfaction are definitely things you can miss, particularly if the weather worsens whilst you are running.
If you are going to risk taking your undies/knickers off after your run because they are soaking it's always a good idea to check that the parked car next to you does not have someone sitting in there eating their lunch!
Don't presume if you are running along some grass that looks flat that it will be flat - sometimes there can be nasty hidden holes covered by the grass where it is easy to twist your ankles.
Also running on uneven rocky ground can hurt the side of your feet in a way that never happens on the road - but I'm hoping some new trail shoes (just been running with road shoes to date) will make my footwear more protective - got a trip to Pete Bland Sports planned for Saturday afternoon - exciting.