THE POWER OF TRAILS
EVERY NOW AND THEN a runner’s love of all things trail surprises you. TR’s photographer and I were standing outside a suburban front door waiting for cover star Eilish McColgan (above) to answer our knock. Off-road adventure looked difficult to come by and although she had faithfully promised us she was a trail runner, her speed and power on the track had us doubting that. How wrong we were! For a start – and we timed this – it took no longer than six seconds for Eilish to hit the trails from the end of her driveway, explaining as she did so that was why she moved here and why she never runs on the road. Why would she? More than 20 miles of undulating paths lay ahead, ready for Eilish to build speed, endurance and – as we were to discover – power.
The latter is particularly interesting and something trail runners don’t always think about. As it turns out, we know best! Off-road running is a great way to build power and turn you into a better runner. Who’d have thought? There I was thinking trail running is all about the views and feel-good vibes, when all along it’s making me a better runner.
Talking of becoming a fitter, faster runner, we thought it was a great idea to take a look at what we eat. I’d like to tell you we came to a definitive conclusion, but that would be a fib. All I will say is that it’s amazing to hear what works and what people love. A bit like trail running as a whole. Have a great Christmas!