#3 Trail Running 101

Trail Running Techniques and Tactics

Whether you are training or racing on trails, think about staying light on your feet. Run as if on eggshells. Also, resist the tendency to favor one leg over the other. A lot of runners start using one leg as the “plant” leg to land heavily on and the other as the “drive” or “push-off” leg. Each leg should do these actions interchangeably. Some other tactics to remember:

Uphill run - single track

Downhills: Run on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. This means less pounding, more speed and greater control.

Uphills: Shorten your stride, and keep your head up and chest forward. Run relaxed and try to find a rhythm that will take you up and over each hill with relative ease.

Girls prefer uphill running.

Corners: To a greater extent than on the roads, trails offer the chance to round a corner and “hide.” Practice bursts of speed when turning corners. Competitors won’t see you accelerate, and will experience a mental let down when they see you’ve “gapped” them. Include this maneuver as a regular part of your fartlek workout.

thesilentpal signature pose. 🙂

Streams: It’s possible to cross a stream while barely wetting your feet. All you have to do is high-step across as quickly as possible, allowing your feet to touch down only for a fraction of a second. Try it. And don’t be afraid to run right through a stream. Too many competitors lose time by halting at the edge of a stream midrace.

Re-blogged from: Jazzrunner
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About Kalongkong Hiker

I am Paolo Mercado for 20 years I've been riding a bike, walking a lot and running a lot. I am Kalongkong Hiker, a trail runner, mountaineer and a biker that can also write a blog of my travels, adventures and places that I visited through walking, running and biking. I write to encourage others to stay healthy and fit. #KeepOnRunning #ShareTheRoad #KalongkongHiker
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3 Responses to #3 Trail Running 101

  1. Pingback: #4 Trail Running 101 | Kalongkong Hiker

  2. Try it now, Trail running is becoming the new attraction in running here in the Philippines. I’ll be joining Nature Discovery Run Trail Run Trilogy 2012 this year and Merrell Run 2012 too. See you!

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  3. freeclimbers says:

    trail running sounds fun and new to me. I always want to try that but my problem is i usually spend 2 days in the mountains. maybe i’ll try soon. nice post!

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