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Training for a trail run

Trainen voor een Trailrun

Training for a trail run requires a specific approach as these races take place on uneven terrain with varying elevation changes and natural obstacles. Here are some important aspects to keep in mind when preparing for a trail run.

  1. Building up basic fitness: It all starts with a strong cardiovascular foundation. Regular running on varied terrain, such as hills, mountains and forest trails, is crucial. Start with shorter distances and gradually increase your running times.

  2. Strength training: Trail running requires strong leg muscles and core strength to climb steep slopes and tackle uneven terrain. Add squats, lunges, deadlifts and planking to your workout routine to improve your strength.

  3. Descent training: Learn how to descend effectively without straining your knees. Practice reducing speed and maintaining balance while descending on various surfaces.

  4. Trail-specific technique: Work on your technique, including your stride length and frequency. Learn how to take turns and avoid obstacles. This improves your efficiency and reduces the risk of injuries.

  5. Altitude training: If your trail run is in a mountainous area, consider altitude training to get your body used to the thin air at altitude. This can significantly improve your performance.

  6. Long Runs: Add weekly long runs to your schedule to increase your endurance. Simulate the terrain you will encounter during the race to tackle specific challenges.

  7. Trail-specific obstacles: Train on obstacles you might encounter during your trail run, such as rocks, roots, and streams. Improve your balance and stability to deal with these natural obstacles.

  8. Nutrition and hydration: Learn how to fuel yourself on the go with appropriate nutrition and hydration. This is especially important for longer trail runs.

  9. Prepare mentally: Trail running can be challenging both physically and mentally. Practice mental resilience, positive visualization and focus to get you through difficult moments.

  10. Test your gear: Make sure you have the right gear, including trail running shoes with good grip and comfortable clothing. Test your equipment during training sessions to make sure everything is working properly. Do you have any questions about your equipment? Please feel free to contact us via the WhatApp button or email.

  11. Listen to your body: Be alert for signs of fatigue and injury. Rest and recovery are just as important as training.

Training for a trail run takes dedication and consistency, but it offers the reward of exploring beautiful natural environments and conquering challenging terrain. Be patient and enjoy the process as you prepare for your trail running adventure.

Training schedules Trail run

We also have a number of training schedules to train towards your desired distance:

Training altitude meters

Are you going to do a trail abroad with a lot of elevation gain? Then it is useful to train them. How do you do that in the Netherlands? We explain this in this blog

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