I’ve been a trail runner since I graduated college and hung up my racing spikes (2008). I’m not one to carry a fancy watch, time myself, or count my splits. Just gimme some delicious single track, forested or mountain views, and I’m in my happy place.
As such, Weez and I have built our vacations around running adventures: running around a foggy crater in the Galapagos islands, running Barcelona sites (that was a long day), running the 100 mile Tour du Mont Blanc, running the 100 mile Alta Via 2 in Italy, the Colorado Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Wildwood Trail most locally here in Portland.
We try to capture these trips in photos because they are some of the most gorgeous places in the world we’ve ever been.
So how do I keep my camera safe to get the shots? How do we create the photos? I thought I’d share some photos and tips today!
How I Create Running Photos
Keep your camera out and easily accessible. The last thing I like to do is stop in the middle of a great trail to dig around for my camera. I want to be able to grab it, snap an action shot, and keep going.
Carry a running hydration pack. I love my Ultimate Direction 20L and can’t imagine trail running without it. It fits my 2L bladder, a waterproof shell (or extra layer), snacks, and my camera.
Depending on the trip, I run with my iphone or a GoPro. Both are super small, super light, and easy to protect from the elements. I used to run with my Canon Mark III DSLR, shoved into my Ultimate Direction pack, but the weight and nature of a bulkier DSLR deterred me from continuing this habit.
iPhone protection: put it in a ziplock bag and tuck it into the front pouch of your running pack or in an easy-to-grab spot in your backpack
GoPro protection: these things are robust in their waterproof cases, so I don’t do anything special but ensure it’s securely attached to my backpack
Once I’m back home, I upload the photos to my computer and edit!
I know there are a plethora of IGers with epic feeds showcasing gorgeous trails and mountains, which is super inspiring. But for me when I’m trail running? Enjoying the adventure >> carrying fancier cameras. I have an iphone and that’s good enough :)