How To Be A Better Trail Runner

If you want to master this outdoor workout, practice these expert trail running tips.

Tips For Better Trail Running


If you want to try trail running this fall, put these tips into practice for a successful, injury-free run that burns major calories while working your glutes!

Uphill Running Tips

When trails are steep, breathing becomes harder, legs fatigue more quickly, and you tend to feel every painstaking step. A few mental and physical cues can help the hills feel less mighty and more manageable.

  • Stand tall. Folding over at the hips and dropping your head to look at your feet compresses the air flow from your diaphragm and lungs to your nose and mouth. Try to maintain as flat a back as possible by staying in an upright position.
  • Quick feet. Shortening your stride and taking quick steps help maintain efficiency on climbs. Short strides also help keep you in a more upright position.
  • Drive those arms. Power and momentum comes from a strong arm swing, so pump away to help propel your lower body.
  • Walk. There is no shame in walking up a steep trail. Walking, in fact, is sometimes the faster and more efficient way to get up a hill. 
  • Walk with purpose. If you change your stride from a run to a walk, make each step powerful and purposeful, and continue to try to maintain an upright body position.