running adventures - guided runs, trail weekends and coaching
suggested kit for adventures
Bivvy bag/Foil blanket
Map (on phone)
First Aid Kit
Painkillers (NOT Ibuprofen)
Sadly, most things in life end much better with proper planning, and the preparation for a race is no different.
Plan your training carefully. The key to training well for races of any distance is to be patient, and build up slowly. Rushing your training and building up the mileage too quickly is likely to end in injury and disappointment. Don’t leave your training to the last few weeks, give yourself enough time to build your mileage up sensibly.
It’s a good idea to sit down with your diary and plan your training carefully. It’s no good just grabbing an online plan then realising 10 weeks down the line that you have family engagements or work over all the weekends of high mileage running, because you simply won’t do the sessions and your training will suffer as a result.
It’s important to plan your time carefully, look at how you will manage to do all the training. It might mean early mornings or shooting out for a quick lunchtime run, work out the best way to do the best training you possibly can with the time that you have at your disposal.
Get used to running trails
Running on trails is considerably different to running on roads, it will be slower than you are used and you will need to use every muscle in your body to tackle various types of terrain. Here are some top tips for successful trail running.
Look where you’re going!
Don’t assume that you can run at your road speed
Be aware of walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and anyone else sharing the trails with you
Wear appropriate footwear, invest in some good trail running shoes, they really do make a huge difference
Take emergency kit with you, it’s always worth carrying at least a phone, waterproof jacket and foil blanket at all times
Pace yourself on the hills
Respect the countryside, don’t litter and close all gates
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