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Running Training Schedule

Running Training Schedule

Variety is Key If you are looking for a well-rounded training regime you need to know that you are ticking all the boxes in your weekly running training schedule. Simply going out and doing a 5,10 or 15km run each day at the same pace is not going to unlock your full running potential. It will likely get you over the line but if you are looking at stepping it up a notch or two you need to change things…

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Training for Trail Running – Week Four Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Four Progress

Week four is done with a little bit of a mixture this week.  Having done some longer tempo runs along with some walking to rest the legs in between these key runs. The last run of the week was the toughest being only 10.7km in distance but had just under 700m of elevation gain. This was a good test to see where the legs were at. After the last climb on this run my legs were cooked, especially as I…

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The A to Z Glossary – Trail Running Terms

The A to Z Glossary – Trail Running Terms

Below we have gathered together a comprehensive list of terms you may encounter in the trail and running world.  We had a lot of fun putting the A to Z Glossary of Trail Running Terms together, even learning a couple of new ones ourselves (plogging?! love it!). If there are any we have missed please leave a comment below! A Aid Station: Areas set up on the running course that have hydration and nutrition ready for competitors. How many aid…

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Training for Trail Running – Week Three Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Three Progress

Feeling Good Week three is done and dusted with the targets accomplished. The muscle soreness from the week before was not a factor this week. The muscles have adapted to the new/extra workload that I have put on them and are now noticeably a little stronger. I will look at increasing the elevation over the oncoming weeks along with the leg and buttock strength exercises. The week went as follows: DAY TRAINING DISTANCE ELEVATION Monday AM Easy run Ocean swim…

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Training for Trail Running – Week Two Progress

Training for Trail Running – Week Two Progress

Building a Strong Foundation Week two of my training for trail running races has been banked with steady progressions. I am happy with how my body feels. My leg and buttock muscles have been sore from the extra work load with bigger elevation gains and also the leg exercises I’ve been performing regularly through the week. For me, feeling this soreness is a good thing. It is a good indication that I’m doing the right work to strengthen the areas…

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Trail Running Shoes Vs Running Shoes – Does it Really Matter?

Trail Running Shoes Vs Running Shoes – Does it Really Matter?

As a newcomer to either running or trail running the question over what type of shoe you need to invest in and whether there really is much difference between them often comes up. The debate over trail running shoes vs running shoes does bring in several good arguments with many factors to consider. Where to Start? When starting out, a good supportive running shoe will be fine for smooth, relatively easy trails but when the trails get more technical there…

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The Transition from Triathlon to Trail Running

The Transition from Triathlon to Trail Running

Adventures Abroad When we moved to Portugal from the Gold Coast, Australia we began to notice a large trail running community here around Cascais. I was keen to return to some physical activity that I could tolerate after a long spell of rest due to a back injury. I was gradually able to venture out on the trail to discover some new running tracks. We discovered miles and miles of trails to explore in the Sintra National Park. My attention…

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