As trail runners we already train smart. Talking about the Kenyans and why they are so good, James Ruskin wrote in The Guardian: “They are excellent at avoiding injury and would often not complete a set if they felt a niggle. This was not laziness. When they were tired they did not push; when they felt good they went flat out. When asked about their average weekly mileage, they had no idea.” It sounds a little laissez faire, but it’s key to what makes these Africans great. And when you think about it, a trail run is pretty much like that (niggles aside). Take it easy on a climb, crack on during the descent. We’ve all done it and loved the way it feels. How far was that run? Who knows, I was too busy taking in the view!