Welcome to Trail Run Earth!

Welcome to Trail Run Earth!

Welcome to Trail Run Earth! We have created this site to share our passion for trail running and provide a resource of information to help you get out there and enjoy all the amazing benefits for mind body and spirit. With so much disconnect in our world today we feel trail running is the perfect sport to reconnect with nature and ultimately yourself. We aim to continually add topics on all things trail running including technique, fitness, gear reviews, race…

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Training for Trail Running – Week Eight Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Eight Progress

After falling short on the elevation total last week, I was determined to put in a solid week of climbing to make up for it. I’m definitely finding there is a noticeable difference from when I first started over here in Portugal. Running up some of my local hills around Cascais are noticeably easier. This is a good indication that my legs are getting stronger . I feel more work is needed climbing ( and descending) in more technical locations…

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About My First Marathon – at the age of 67!

About My First Marathon – at the age of 67!

Runner Profile – Margie O’Brien We are super excited that our very first runner interview is with Andrew’s Mum Margie!   Margie O’Brien is an active 67-year old who likes to run regularly to maintain her fitness. Margie is a big believer in the “Use it or Lose It” mentality and does not want or expect to be idle at any stage of her life. She lives in the beautiful seaside town of Valla Beach in NSW, Australia. We sat…

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Training for Trail Running – Week 7 Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week 7 Progress

Week seven is done along with a road trip with my mate Jim Turner from Australia. The trip was over 4 days so was a good half of the week. We went from Cascais down the west coast towards the Algarve, along the bottom of Portugal then back up through the Alentejo near the Spain border. With all of the travelling, not to mention a couple of beers here and there, I still managed to get my goal distance done….

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Running on Tour – Road Trippin’ in Portugal

Running on Tour – Road Trippin’ in Portugal

Time for a Little Getaway We have been living in and enjoying the beautiful area of Cascais for several months now. While it has been great I have longed for the opportunity to get out and explore more of Portugal. Last week the opportunity arose. A very good friend from Australia has come over and is touring around a bit while he is here. Jim and his girlfriend Amy hired a van big enough to fit five people so that…

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Best Trail Running Vest – From Short Runs to Multi-Day Treks

Best Trail Running Vest – From Short Runs to Multi-Day Treks

Best Trail Running Vest For Your Run Considering what you need or want to bring along with you on a long trail run or a race, the right vest can have a huge impact on your comfort and economy. There are many options out there now which incorporate great design features for carrying everything from water to a small tent! What you specifically want or need in a vest will impact what choice you make. Are you heading out for…

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Training For Trail Running – Week Six Progress

Training For Trail Running – Week Six Progress

Time to Get Back to It With my daughter Ella flying back to Australia this past week there were plenty of sad goodbyes. Having family and friends visiting is always a wonderful time but does tend to impact the training schedule. Time to get back to some more structured weeks. Although my friend Jim is arriving at the end of the week this won’t be an issue as Jim is my running partner from Australia. Getting the work done should…

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Expat Runner – My Time in Portugal

Expat Runner – My Time in Portugal

That’s right I said Expat runner, not expert… We have been having an expat experience in the wonderful country of Portugal for the last few months and absolutely loving it. A Whole New Culture Living somewhere overseas and experiencing a whole new culture is something I have always wanted to do. Finally getting the opportunity has been a dream come true. Portugal couldn’t be any further from Australia. In fact, as a delightful waiter recently pointed out, we could dig…

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Best Trail Running Watches

Best Trail Running Watches

With advances in technology progressing at a rapid rate the amazing features available to us in a sports watch are now phenomenal. I can remember years ago buying one of my first sports specific watches and being so excited that I could look down and see my actual pace! How things have come along. The most up to date watches out there today include features such as Smartpay, Musicplay, Topo maps, Wrist heart rate, Barometric and Altimeter sensors, compass and…

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Stay Motivated When Running – Six Ways to Keep Training Interesting

Stay Motivated When Running – Six Ways to Keep Training Interesting

Staying on track with your running journey can be tough at times with multiple bumps in the road presenting themselves regularly.  Finding ways to stay motivated when running is key to your long term success. I find that daily structure along with setting goals works best for me. Although structure is my best plan to keeping focused, unless you are a hermit this cannot be kept up 100% of the time. Influences from Family & Friends Meeting up with family…

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