Night-time trail running is a unique experience that combines the passion of running in the great outdoors with the challenge of running in the dark. To make the most of this adventure, it’s essential to be well equipped. Here’s our advice on how to best prepare yourself.
1. The headlamp: your indispensable ally
Your headlamp is the key piece of your equipment. It needs to be bright, have a battery life suited to the length of your run and be comfortable to wear. At Dealeez, we offer a range of headlamps to suit all needs.
2. The trail backpack
Choosing the right bag is crucial. It must be comfortable, light and offer enough space to carry water, food and essential equipment. Bags between 2L and 15L are ideal, depending on the distance of your trail.
3. Hydration & nutrition
It’s vital to stay hydrated during your run. Opt for soft flasks or a water bag. Also take energy bars or gels with you to keep your energy levels up.
4. Appropriate clothing
Make sure your clothing is technical, breathable and suited to the weather. A windproof jacket is essential in case of sudden weather changes. Don’t forget a reflective jacket so that you’re visible to other runners and any vehicles.
5. Safety first and foremost
Always carry a survival blanket, especially if the race requires it. It’s lightweight and can be vital in an emergency. Also, keep your mobile phone handy and make sure it’s charged.
6. Practice in real-life conditions
Before the big day, get used to running at night. This will allow you to familiarise yourself with the specific sensations and challenges of night running.
7. Trail shoes
Trail shoes are designed to provide better grip on uneven terrain. Make sure they are comfortable, supportive and suitable for night-time trail running.
8. Additional accessories
Remember to pack trail poles to help you on ascents and descents, goggles to avoid branches and other obstacles, and lightweight gloves to protect your hands from the cold.
9. Mental preparation
The night-time trail is as much a mental challenge as a physical one. Prepare yourself mentally for running in the dark, coping with solitude and staying focused throughout the race.
10. Find out about the course
Before the race, find out about the route, refreshment points, danger zones and areas where you may need extra help.
Night-time trail running is an exciting adventure, but it requires the right preparation and equipment. By following this advice and choosing quality equipment, you’ll be ready to take on the challenge in complete safety.
Find all our night-time running equipment on Dealeez.fr/en and get ready for an unforgettable experience!