TEXT A RUNNER…
I’m off on my first-ever trail run this weekend. How can I avoid falling flat on my face?
Take it easy. You’ll get injured if you start fast with a sixminute mile pace in mind.
What about the climbs? I’m not sure the treadmill’s 4% incline has prepped me well enough…
Hike the steep sections. Strong strides with your hands on your thighs can be as speedy as jogging – and you won’t be shattered when you hit the top.
Do I need to change my running technique?
Shorten your stride; this boosts traction to make recovery easy if you slip. And keep your eyes up to anticipate the terrain.
But I can go in my normal running shoes, right?
Wrong, mate. Ditch the Nikes for a pair with a decent tread, like the Inov-8 X-talon 230s.
Leave the headphones at home, too?
You’ve got it. Enjoy the outdoors in its full glory.
Joseph Gray, pro JG mountain runner