Prepare for your clinic
Clinic runs will take varied amounts of time, increasing thoughout the program. You'll want to be as prepared as possible for these runs so we've outlined some of the 10 Gear Essentials for Trail Running (with a few modifications for this clinic) below.
1 – Clothing
The clothing on your body should fit well and be free of annoyances that might grow with every step. Choose proper trail running shoes for your environment and quality socks. Also, be aware that the mountain weather can change at any moment so having an extra wind breaker or raincoat is strongly recommended.
2 – Water and Food (and electrolytes)
Hydration pack or water bottles are a must for any run out on the trails. And don’t forget calories! 100 – 300 calories an hour is best if you can stomach it on the trail (if not we have tips for this) Electrolytes, in the form of drinks are recommended as well. Participants must pack sufficient water for safety on group runs.
3 – Hat/head protection
A brimmed hat or a buff is recommended to protect eyes and skin against wind, rain, and sun.
5 – Vest/Pack
Specialized running vests can carry water and gear in a perfect package. Not everyone carries a pack, but on longer runs where more gear, food, and water is needed, we’ve found a vest-pack to be a solid option.
6 – Headlamp/illumination
If your run is anywhere close to nightfall, pack a small, light headlamp just in case you end up behind schedule. A second, handheld light source is a great backup to bring along too.
7 – signaling device, first aid kit, pocketknife
A good whistle. A good first aid kit (at least a 1 person kit). A knife.
8 –Fire starter
Waterproof matches and lighters are small and light enough that I just keep one in my First Aid kit so I don’t have to think about it.
Download apps and know where you're going. Lucky for you, we'll send these ahead of time.
Cell phones often won’t work in the backcountry, and when it's cold, their batteries might die. Be aware of that.
Tell someone you know where you are going and how long you think you'll be there. We call these "safety texts" and they can be a real life saver.