5 Essential Training Tips for Trail Runners

5 Essential Training Tips for Trail Runners

1. TRAIN WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHOES Repetitive motions can lead to overuse injuries. Changing up your running shoes on every training sesion will keep you from striking the same way. Experiment with different types of shoes, from racing flats and hybrid city-trail shoes to strong trail runners. 2. TRAIN FOR TRAILS Trail running takes a different skill set than jogging on roads. You might think the only way to get good at running on trails is to run on trails, but a lot of us don’t live in the mountains. If you train in the city, Jump curbs or little fences, run on cobblestones and take any little trail you find. Break up your strides so you’re landing on your feet differently, mimicking the hazards of trails. 3. WORK HARD ON YOUR WEAKNESSES Even the best runners have room for improvement. Find your own weaknesses by running with other people, whether it’s a race or with a local running club, then focus on improving, whether it’s climbing, descending, sprints, or endurance. Once you become good at one thing, there’s always something you can work to improve on. 4. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE TRAILS Don’t wear sunglasses while running on very technical trails. Dappled light can distort depth perception. Focus 3 meters ahead of you on the trail and make sure you lift your feet on every stride. 5. COMMIT TO A RACE A race will give you something to focus on, an opportunity to be part of the running community, and a way to celebrate your training. Even if you are not competitive, it is very cool...
Jogging safely with your Baby

Jogging safely with your Baby

Jogging with your baby can be harmful if you are not using a properly designed jogger. What is Different About Joggers? Larger tires, better shock absorption, a five-point harness, and a reclined seat angle are among the many features that separate jogging strollers from traditional ones, making them perfect for active pursuits.  Larger pneumatic (air-filled) tires A jogger typically has 16″ or larger diameter wheels in the rear, and 12″ or larger in the front (double the diameter of many traditional strollers). These larger wheels roll over bumps easier, and transmit less stress to baby. The air-filled tires reduce the impact of bumps, taking some of the shock out. The large wheels also offer reduced rolling resistance, so your long runs involve less pushing effort. Effective suspension systems A jogger will include some kind of shock absorber system to further take the stress out of bumps in the road. Locking straight-running front wheel You would never know it unless you tried it, but if you try to jog with a traditional stroller, or even a properly designed jogger with the front wheel unlocked, you may find the front wheel(s) start wobbling dangerously. This creates strong vibrations and makes jogging uncomfortable. At worst, it can result in the wheels turning so sharply that the jogger tips over, a serious risk to baby. All joggers provide the ability to fully lock the front wheel, and the best allow tuning the front lock position for perfectly straight and true running. Joggers designed for serious runners rely on a fixed front wheel that is perfectly straight. While this means you must turn by...
Ironman Hawaii: The history of the world´s most famous Triathlon

Ironman Hawaii: The history of the world´s most famous Triathlon

The Ironman World Championships is enjoying its 37th edition in Hawaii this year. Since the inception of the event, its magic and legendary status has only grown, planting a seed in triathletes’ minds that’s impossible to dislodge until they’ve experienced the thrill of going to Kona. With a brand as strong as the competitors who take part in its races, it’s easy to forget that what we now take for granted as Ironman began as little more than a dare between athletes to settle the bet of who were the fittest: swimmers, cyclists or runners. The beginnings in 1978 The original Ironman was conceived during the Oahu Perimeter Relay awards ceremony in 1977, where athletes from the Mid-Pacific Road Runners club and the Waikiki Swim club engaged in the usual debate about which sport created the best endurance sportsmen. Commander John Collins of the US Navy suggested an ultimate race to settle the debate once and for all. A combination of three already incredibly tough events held on the island of Oahu: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, a 3.8k sea-swim; the Around Oahu Bike Race, a gusty, crosswind-dogged 185k course (reduced to 180k for the Ironman) and the Honolulu Marathon, a standard 42,2k running race in baking hot Hawaiian conditions. On February 18th 1978, there were only 15 competitors willing to drag themselves through such a monumental sporting challenge. Each of the competitors had their own support crew providing food and drink as the race went on – beer in the case of John Dunbar, a US Navy SEAL whose support team ran out of water during the marathon, but...
Javier Gómez Noya – a brief review of his achievements as a professional triathlete

Javier Gómez Noya – a brief review of his achievements as a professional triathlete

Javier Gómez Noya (1983) is the winner of four ITU Triathlon World Championships, holds three ITU Triathlon World Cup titles, and won the Silver medal for Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in men’s triathlon. He has also won world titles for Ironman 70.3 and XTERRA Triathlon. Gómez took up triathlon at the age of 15 after previously playing football and competing in swimming. However his career suffered a setback in 2000 when a routine medical test by the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) revealed an “abnormal heart valve“, leading to a six-year battle between Gómez and the Spanish sporting authorities regarding his right to compete internationally. He initially won this right in November 2003, but he was not selected for the 2004 Summer Olympics and in 2005 the CSD banned him from international and domestic competition until February 2006. In the nine years from 2002 to 2010, Gómez took part in 57 ITU competitions and achieved 54 top ten positions, among which are 23 first place finishes. In 2003 and in 2008, Gómez was ITU Triathlon World Champion (both under-23 and Elite categories respectively in 2003). In 2007 and 2009 he was the Elite European Champion. He finished second in the World Championships in 2007 and was the runner up in 2011 ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in men’s triathlon Gómez was among the pre-race favourites to win. With 300 meters to go in that race, Jan Frodeno was the leader of a group made up of Gómez, Athens 2004 Silver medallist Bevan Docherty of New Zealand, and Sydney 2000 Gold medallist...
The Marathon des Sables, probably the toughest footrace on earth

The Marathon des Sables, probably the toughest footrace on earth

“You can’t feel the sweat dripping down your face because it’s evaporating in the baking heat. Your lungs feel parched. Today’s temperature is over 50 degrees centigrade”  Held in Morocco each year, the Marathon des Sables (MdS) bills itself as the “toughest footrace on Earth.” Participants cover 251 km over the course of six days. During this time, they must traverse the Sahara desert, crossing dunes, mountains, sand, and storms., The MdS is a stage race meaning competitors stop each day and rest. The twist, however, is that they must also carry all of their own supplies—save a small ration of water given out each day—including food, clothing, a sleeping bag, and other items. The first MdS The marathon was the brainchild of French Patrick Bauer who in 1984 traversed the Sahara desert on foot and alone. He covered the 350 km in 12 days without encountering a single oasis or desert community along the way. Two years later in 1986 the first Marathon des Sables was run. 23 runners participated in the race. Over 1.000 runners from all over the world The race is now in its 28th consecutive year and continues to grow in popularity every edition with over 1.000 participants. Places are much sought after, but those who do make it to the start line are richly rewarded. Under the scorching Moroccan sun, life-long friendships are fostered through a shared experience of unforgettable days spent running across saltpans, up desert-mountains, through ruined towns and through the occasional sand storm. A life time experience When you complete the final stage of the Marathon des Sables, you will...
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