There’s no better place to go for a run than, well, anywhere away from busy main roads at rush hour! Living near to the city centre of Manchester, I often find myself dodging prams and scooters on the pavements or frustratingly having to pause my GPS watch whilst waiting for a pelican crossing to flash the green man! That’s why I decided to try trail running with the help of Salomon.
I visit the lakes annually, always around this time of the year and more often than not it rains, but when I woke on my first morning in Windermere I was pleasantly surprised to see clear blue skies and bright sunshine.
It was so sunny that it lured me into a false sense of security and instead of wrapping up I opted for shorts and t-shirt to accompany my new Salomon Sense Ride Trail Running trainers.
The sunshine wasn’t the only thing that fooled me though; I went out with the intention of running 10k but after only 5k I decided the hills were far more challenging than I’d anticipated and called it a day. It’s surprising how little you notice undulations when you’re driving a car around there!
The Salomon Sense Ride are a women’s trail running trainer, with a contagrip sole that offers great traction whatever the surface. They are supportive and structured yet cushioned in all of the right places which gave me me extra confidence to keep up my pace on the uneven ground and the downhills.
The next day I was fully prepared when I visited the stunning trails of Tarn Hows which is situated between Hawkshead and Coniston. The main trail takes you around a small lake with some very slight undulations and the views are so picturesque. It’s a must see place when visiting The Lake District whether running or walking, it’s only around 1.6 miles and it’s pram friendly too.
As we were planning to go off the beaten track here I opted to wear my tougher walking shoes which were safer when climbing the rocks up and down to Tom Gill Falls, a ‘pathway’ off the main track at Tarn Hows. (This one is definitely not pram friendly!) The views down there are beautiful though.
I paired the Salomon Elevate warm running tights and Elevate midlayer to make it a warm and comfortable run. The tights have a slight fleece lining for those extra cold runs and patches on the knees for extra durability too. They are a tad long for me though as I’m only 5’2″ so they do gather a bit at the ankles but if I open the zip at the bottom of each leg a little bit they are much better.
The Elevate midlayer has got to be my favourite piece of running kit to date though so I’ve saved the best till last. I don’t just wear it for those cold winter night runs with the club, I wear it wherever I can get away with it. Sometimes that’s just sitting around the house when you want to feel cosy. Its thin, but quilted in all the right areas so you get the feeling that it’s giving you a soft hug without the bulkiness that other winter jumpers might give you. You can’t beat kit that’s as versatile as the Elevate midlayer!
I also found online that Salomon offer FREE Trail Running Workshops across the country. (Just in case you needed any more reason to love them!) You can try out their latest kit at these workshops so it’s definitely worth having a look into if you’d prefer to try before you buy. Their group runs are categorised to suit various abilities too, or if you don’t fancy joining them, you can download the routes from their ‘How To Trail Run’ website to run at your leisure!
I’m really looking forward to getting more off-road miles under my belt now that I’m kitted out properly. I’ve even signed up for my first ever trail race which is a 5 mile Santa Run in December. I can’t wait, although I am hoping that it’s not too muddy as I won’t want to dirty my trainers too much!
Do you trail run? Or even fell run? Where’s the most picturesque place you’ve been for a run? I’d love to read your comments below.
Thanks for stopping by, Hayley x
NB: I received the Salomon Sense Ride, Elevate tights and Midlayer for review purposes but my opinions are 100% honest.