Technical trail running is characterised by the terrain being quite difficult to traverse. This may include obstacles such as rocks, loose surfaces, roots, mud, water, steep climbs and steep descents. Some technical sections may also require the use of the upper body in order to negotiate. Technical trail running is usually significantly slower than running on… Continue reading Tips for technical trail running
I thought I’d make a list of gift ideas for trail runners, partly for myself and partly as a resource for others. Often when people ask me what I want for birthdays or Christmas, I can’t think of anything. Trail running doesn’t require a lot of equipment, and usually, the things I need, I’ve already… Continue reading Gift ideas for trail runners
Technical trail running is characterised by the terrain being quite difficult to traverse. This may include obstacles such as rocks, loose surfaces, roots, mud, water, steep climbs and steep descents. Some technical sections may also require the use of the upper body in order to negotiate. Technical trail running is usually significantly slower than running on… Continue reading What is technical trail running?
On long runs, you will need to consume food on the go. What to eat and how much to eat will be different for each runner and will depend on multiple factors. This article serves as a rough guide, but each runner will need to experiment to work out what works best for them. Eating… Continue reading Trail running on real food: the ultimate list
It’s not long ago that I was new to trail running. Here are some tips that I think would have helped me to keep things in perspective. There’s no shortage of beginner tips out there already, so this is my unique perspective on it. Keep it simple You don’t need any special gear to get… Continue reading Things I wish I knew when I started trail running
Like any specialised field, trail running and ultrarunning are full of strange terms that are quite perplexing to the beginner. Some of them are even perplexing to the experienced trail runner. Here is a collection of some of the jargon I’ve come across in my travels with the trail running community. Some of these are… Continue reading Trail running glossary
Strength training is a critically important part of a trail runner’s program, but one that’s overlooked far too often. Runners want to spend their spare time running. They don’t want to waste it beefing up in the gym. Trail runners, especially, want to spend their time outdoors, enjoying nature. Would you rather be stuck in… Continue reading A quick, simple strength training program for trail runners
The half marathon is run at a pace just below the lactate threshold. It requires more restraint than a 10K but more aggressiveness than a trail ultramarathon. It’s a delicate balance that needs to be practised in training to prepare both mind and body. Hill training is so important when training for any race distance. … Continue reading Hill training for a faster half marathon
Running at night is sometimes necessitated by life filling up the daylight hours. It can also be a lot of fun, either with others or by yourself (if the silence and darkness don’t freak you out). Here are some of the benefits and challenges of running at night. Benefits Here are some of the benefits… Continue reading The benefits of running at night and how to do it safely
One of the most exhilarating parts of trail running is the rush of the downhill sections, especially the technical single-track. Being able to tackle them with confidence is a trick that takes a bit of practice and a little testing of your boundaries. Use these simple tips and you’ll be smashing the downhills in no-time.