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I've run a few trail races last year and really liked the extreme trail races. At that time I was still learning how to run street races and my trail races usually ended in extreme burnout. I have 5-6 trail races scheduled for this year and looking for some tips on trail running or some stories and experiences. Do I change my training for trail races or stick with a normal style running plan with a little more hill training?
Thanx everyone for your input!
I will outrun the storm and run faster than horses.
I would think you would need a lot of hill work and that you would need to run on trails often.
It is definitely a different game trail running versus street running. I would think to much trail work might be tough on your legs also. I mostly run street but am getting more into trail. With the steep hills (up and down), unstable surfaces, and sharp turns it is much harder on your legs and back.
I heard a pretty good trail running tip before a race a couple weeks ago. The guy giving the last minute instructions reminded everyone that if you're going to fall, fall while going up a hill, not down.
Lol, fall uphill!
I agree, hills, and don't be afraid to slow down on nasty terrain. Better a slower time than a broken ankle!
Ha, falling uphill... To be a good trail runner, you need to be really strong. The technical terrain, uneven surfaces, and hills will beat you up if you're not ready. Start incorporating more trail running into your runs and don't shy away from hills. I actually just wrote about specific exercises you can do to help your trail running here: http://bit.ly/b1vjzk.
Most importantly though, have fun with trails. They're tough but they sure aren't boring. Cheers, - Fitz.
Jump Rope, helps with foot speed, working different muscles, to dodge roots, rocks etc. Hill training is good, Here is good article that should help you.
I've been doing ultras for a few years now and I would definitely recommend as much trail running as possible...both for the hills as well as the terrain challenges. More practice on unforgiving terrain means fewer faceplants. Good luck.
Visit this site for some tips. http://running.about.com/od/trailrunning/tp/trailtips.htm
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