TOP 5 TRAILRUNNING TIPS FOR AUTUMN
Dynafit athlete Johanna Hiemer also trains on the trails in autumn - while the snow is still waiting.
The temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter. For the successful ski mountaineer, the cool season is no reason to hang up her running shoes. Flexibility is particularly important in the transitional period. If there's no snow yet, then with the right equipment and the right preparation, it's also time to hit the trails in the fall !
For carefree training kilometers and special mountain experiences in any weather, Johanna gives her top 5 trail running tips for the fall:
1. equipment: for dry and warm feet, trail running shoes with GoreTex membrane are recommended. Special running clothes for fall and winter (e.g.: long warmer running pants or insulation jackets) and a change of clothes in your backpack are essential - I also always carry a light rain jacket in case of uncertain weather. A headband or other headgear I also always have with me.
2. weather & tour planning: a weather check before you start walking, especially if you are going to the mountains, is important. The snow line should also be checked. On fall days that are cold but sunny, it pays to do more detailed tour planning to find running laps that are south facing.
3. safety: it gets dark earlier - a headlamp should always be stowed in your backpack. An emergency first aid kit must go with you on any long run in the backcountry. In the fall or early winter, it is additionally important to have warm clothing and a space blanket in your backpack.
4. food : Even though it is not as hot as it was in the summer, it is important to take enough water with you. Many mountain huts and alpine pastures are only open until September/early October, so you can't rely on food along the way. A few bars or gels in your backpack never hurt!
5. prepare for winter: The long wait for winter can be super shortened with trail running, especially in the transitional season. Those who already diligently collect altitude meters on the trails in the fall, start perfectly prepared for the ski touring season.
In summary: Pay attention to the external conditions, choose the right equipment, and above all, make sure you are safe on the trail. Have fun on the trails and speed up!