New Mexico hiking safety: Tips for running off the beaten track

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kathleen Stabler has been running off the beaten track for more than 10 years.

“You get the views, you get to be outside in the fresh air, you get a lot of alone time. It’s usually not too busy, it’s awesome,” Stabler said about trail running.

KOB 4 caught up with her right before her run up Pino Trail. She said having everything you need and more is crucial to having a good experience.

“Well always be prepared with what you think you’re going to need, plus a little bit more,” she said.

She walked us through everything she keeps on hand while she’s out on a long run.

“Alright, so this is my pack that I normally wear for running around in the Foothills. I’m not going to be out for a long time today, so I have a little first aid kit with a caffeine supplement, if you’re out for a long, long time. I’ve got Tylenol and Ibuprofen, it’s got some sort of stomach thing in case you get an upset stomach,” she said while walking us through her mini first aid kit.

Stabler said layers are also critical, especially with New Mexico’s whiplash weather.

She also stressed the importance of always telling someone where you’re hiking and always having a way to contact people in case of an emergency.