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TRAIL MIX

Dipping into trail running for a quick race here and there is always an option, but getting through to the lock-in phase requires proper pacing and patience. Matt Maynard tells you how to go the distance

TRAIL

I bar-hopped my way round several sports during my 20s. Admittedly I usually stayed for more than just a drink, only giving up climbing, cycling and finally road running once forcefully ejected due to injury or excess. Before moving on, though, I often got to know some of the regulars, whose long relationship with their sport was still remarkably fresh.

Trail running, with all its variety, is where I have managed to keep my focus for several years now. The secret, I am slowly learning, is to look beyond mere fitness goals and achievement.

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About Men's Running

While the calendar may be full of organised races and events, not everyone’s running life is dictated by competition. Goals come in many different shapes and sizes and so does the impetus to achieve them. If this issue has a theme it’s that reasons to run go way beyond simply wanting to be involved in a sport. Take for example the five blokes who used their unwanted weight-gain as a spur to getting out and reclaiming their lives (p55). Not only did they turn their health around they also found out things about themselves they never would have without running. You can also find #runspiration from your environment, whether that be the mountainous trails of Austria (p60) or the streets outside your own front door (p34). Hitting the books (and tablets, phones and laptops) is also a good way to find running inspiration. So we’ve curated our own Men’s Running library of essential reading and watching (p42), meaning you can gen up on training tips and courageous stories, while also keeping tabs on the amazing feats being performed by the professionals. Speaking of which, with athletic titans such as Mo Farah and Scott Overall entering the twilight of their careers, we look at the next generation of UK runners (p66) who’ll be inspiring people to lace up their trainers and find themselves through running. All this plus our usual mix of races, kit, recipes and training tips.