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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > October 2018 > TACKLE A TRAIL MARATHON

TACKLE A TRAIL MARATHON

TIRED OF ALL THE ROAD RUNNING? CERI REES EXPLAINS WHY YOU NEED TO TRY AN OFF-ROAD EVENT

TRAIL RUNNING SPECIAL/OFF-ROAD 26.2

Now that spring marathon season is behind you and you’re wistfully staring at your race t-shirt on the washing line, it’s time to plan your autumn marathon. Instead of choosing another big city race, why not try a trail 26.2-miler?

WHY TRAIL?

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When I first started running, venturing off-road was all about school cross-country races, generally around anodyne playing fields in heavy football boots. It wasn’t the kind of experience that books are written about. In fact, it was the kind of experience that scarred many would-be runners for life. But fast forward, cough cough, a few years and trail running is now big business. The clamour for places in the ‘big daddy’ of all trail race, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, is as fervent as the Virgin Money London Marathon and shoe companies now have entire ranges dedicated to trail and off-road. Why is it so popular? If you haven’t yet ventured off the beaten track, trail running is about being more in-tune with nature and taking stock of your surroundings. It’s not about times or even really distances; it’s about testing your body over different terrain with vistas to die-for! In this Men’s Running special, we talk about everything trail, from training to technique. We even cover a few races for good measure. We hope you enjoy!