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Winter Running Tips

The hardest part about running in winter is getting out the front door. Once you’ve conquered that hurdle, the rest is easy(ish). Here are our top 5 tips on how to turn the chilly months in to your favourite running months.

1.The Buddy System

Motivation is everything, as is accountability. Arrange to meet a group or a like-minded friend and you’ll be less likely to flick snooze and hide below the duvet. Tell yourself that you just need to be out there for 5 minutes, you can always turn back. Most times, we keep going.

What is a Whole Food Lifestyle?

Put simply, a whole food eating plan or lifestyle rejects processed food and encourages the consumption of foods that are as close to their natural form as possible.

Whole grains replace refined grains whenever possible, and fruits, vegetables and beans replace supplements when it comes to getting sufficient fibre and vitamins.

Families that Play Together!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll feature families that get out on to the trails together. We’ve got stories on twins who tussle at the sharp end, father daughter combos, mothers who let their little ones run before they walked, and this wonderful father son trail team, Eugene and his father, Herman Van Der Merwe.

Mastering Downhill for good

Heading out into the mountains for a day of technical trails is a recipe for never ending enjoyment but if you hit a downhill unprepared a small slip can lead to a twisted ankle or worse. Lisa Jhung has 4 helpful pieces of advice to help you get comfortable on the downhills.

Most people have tried to ‘choose your line’ (take the path of least resistance). Others have tried looking where they want to run rather than where they don’t. Others still have tried the masterful wide arm swing for extra balance. This is what Lisa Jhung recommends.

Get Better at Uphill Running

 “Trail running with an aversion to climbing is like surfing with a fear of being underwater. Yeah, you might be able to avoid it for a bit, but eventually you’ll find yourself in way over your head, deeply questioning your life decisions.” says David Roche from Trail Runner Mag. Here are 4 of his tips on how to improve your uphill running.

1. Be STRONG from the waist down.

“Fighting gravity is all about power-to-weight ratio” says Roche. There are 3 ways to build your power.

Downhill and Technical Running

“THERE’S NO GREATER BUZZ IN RUNNING THAN NAILING A DOWNHILL. IT’S YOU VERSUS THE TERRAIN. TO WIN THAT BATTLE FEELS AMAZING!”

Tom Addison from Inov-8 has 10 top tips for faster downhill running. “Being able to descend with confidence is crucial, especially when racing. You can be the best in the world at running uphill, but if you can’t descend then it will seriously hamper your chances of winning races, be that on the fells, mountains or trails.”

 

Make Running Work for You

Tips for keeping perspective and enjoying a happy, healthy relationship with training, David Roche tells us more.

Many of us are crazy. And that is O.K.

Benefit of road training for trail

Original article by Jenny Hadfield on Runnersworld.com 

If you want to run the trails just a little faster, training on both road and trail is key. Trainer Jenny Hadfield describes how a proper training plan makes all the difference to what you can achieve, both on and off the trails. Training on the road, while it may be a completely different skill to tackling the trails, is vital to building speed and strength, endurance and recovery and should not be overlooked.  

Want to run fast? Learn to run easy.

Thinking of picking up the pace but feeling tired all the time? Perhaps you are losing motivation due to the stresses and impact of speed training? This article is sure to make you smile as now you have the perfect excuse to run easy and have no guilt! David Roche explains how below.

How to use easy miles for aerobic breakthroughs. Article originally written by David Roche and appears on trailrunnermag.com

The key to reaching your potential is not running hard but learning to run easy. 

Downhill Running Tips from Doug Hay

Doug Hay takes a look at how to improve your downhill running style, and thus your speed, in “The Trail Runner’s Guide to Fast Downhill Running”

The Lost Art of Downhill Running