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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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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!