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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A TRAIL RACE

FROM CORE WORK TO COURSE RECCIES, MOTIVATION TO MOUNTAIN CRAFT, PREPARING FOR AN OFF-ROADER REQUIRES SERIOUS FOCUS. CERI REES SHARES HIS SECRETS TO RACE-DAY SUCCESS
Enjoy it: trail-running is diverse and unpredictable

“INSTEAD OF SEEING RUNNING AS A CHORE, EMBRACE IT IN A PLAYFUL WAY”

N n the world of trail running, being a fast runner is only half the story. Often it’s not the most talented runner taking the top prize, but the one who’s best prepared. Alongside good balance and a strong core, successful trail runners need to have studied the course and packed the appropriate kit. To help make sure you’re fully prepared for your next trail race, here are 10 things to get you to the start line in the best possible shape…

1. SELF-ASSESSMENT

We’re not talking about filling in that pesky tax form. This is about recognising what kind of body you have. Are you a warm weather specialist or a winter warrior? A morning man or a night owl? Does your body leap into action or warm up gently? Working with your body, rather than against it, will make training more enjoyable and effective.

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