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DAMIAN HALL ENJOYS DRAMATIC MOUNTAIN SCENERY, CHERRY TOMATOES AND WITCHES HATS AT THE INOV-8 INNSBRUCK ALPINE TRAILRUN FESTIVAL

INNSBRUCK ALPINE TRAILRUN FESTIVAL

© Patrick Steine

It’s only about 30 metres into the first but longest of the course’s four big climbs that I remember I’ve done no hill work lately. Like, none. Also, despite my instincts that a t-shirt would be just dandy once I get going, the sight of snow on the Austrian Alps has made me act like a sheep and copy everyone else in wearing a long-sleeved layer. Except my long-sleeved layer is a waterproof. So I’m already overheating and sweating away all those valuable salts and whatnot. And the negative voices haven’t even started yet. Oh wait, yes they have…

“You haven’t trained specifically enough for this course, you prize muppet.”

“You’re chosen the wrong top, you big berk.”

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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.