Trail Running | GTN’s Ultimate Guide To Getting Started

Trail running is a great way to train for triathlon! Varying the terrain you run on can keep tri training fun and exciting whilst developing your running skills.

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Trail running is fun and varied but has also has many merits to be included in your triathlon training plan. This is especially true if you are heading into the winter months and want to mix up your training.

Trail running has many benefits including:
– Becoming a natural fartlek session as the surface and incline vary throughout your run.
– Practising the ability to change you cadence and contact time throughout a run.
– Reducing the impact on your joints as well as teaching your body to stabilise on uneven terrain.

You will need some slightly different gear if you are going to start trail running. This includes some offroad shoes to give you more grip whilst on the trails. As well as this it is a good idea to take a map/phone/GPS to avoid getting lost.

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Get out on the trails and enjoy!

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Lennart Meinke says:

The best thing to do on a wet automn morning

JPlesley says:

I usually did trail running as my training for longer runs just for the variation

hydra66 says:

running some off road is a good way to add ankle strengthening into your training.

If you want to make it interesting, there are plenty of orienteering groups around that run events

saywhatnow46 says:

I cannot be the only person to click on to her name being Heather Fell surely??

Ian Williamson says:

Call it what it is…old school cross country running 😉

hatrick316 says:

I respectfully disagree with the tip about muddy trails. Do not run beside the trail (on the grass as you suggested). This widens the trail, kills trailside vegetation, and causes further unnecessary erosion. Please stay on the path!

ARK INHK says:

Don’t forget the different types of hydration system you may want to take with you: Waistband and bottle or back-pack with bladder and hose, gel shots, energy bars etc… Try different ones out and see what suits you. I personally use a Nathan Bottle waist carrier with a small pocket for gels for shorter runs, or a Salomon Ultra- 3 or 5L a system for longer runs/races. See what works. MacPac are also good. If you use a back-pack, ensure that it has little storage pockets around the waistband so you can get easy access to gels without having to take the thing off.

As for shoes, everyone is different and I swear by my Salomon Sense-6, but those have minimal cushioning and not suitable for heavier runners. Again, test out. Those have seen me though multiple Traiwalkers / UTMB / 4 Desert races. Very good.

Most importantly, stay safe. Happpy Trails all.


Its me says:

The “watch ahead” tip is only half true. If your trail has some big tree roots or stones on it you definitely have to watch your feet.

Kiryl Martsinkevich says:

Would be good to see a video on some tips for removing sheep’s droppings from your running shoes after a trail run when looking up ahead. Perhaps even cow’s too.

Rubi da Silva says:

I’m lucky I live near a mountain. My normal long runs are on the mountain!

Guido Willem De Vries says:

2:12, taking a map..i’m curious, does anyone actually do that?

narutoqweavatar says:

Trail running video…mostly running on grass

Herr Absurd says:

FELL running? 🙂

Scott Shell says:

I don’t have an off-season… I have trail running season.

Kerho Ukkonen says:

I really like trail running. There’s a trail running competition in a nearby national park by the end of this month, but I can’t go there because I’m going to Copenhagen with my family. Last year in the same place I got lost in the forest, because the instructions were quite poor, and also the map was old. Luckily I’m also into orienteering, so it was easy to get out of the woods and back to the trail.

Ramon Ramirez says:

I am just curious, how is the camera following you guys while keeping steady?

Derek Goh says:

Do unmark trail running

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