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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 and body. 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 and…

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Running and Photography

Running and Photography

Running and Photography Running and photography are two hobbies I’m very fond of. This post will go through why I’m such an avid running photographer and why I think it can enhance your running experience. I will also list the tips I’ve found helpful in getting the best shots. So, can you easily combine the two? I say heck yes! I’m a self-professed amateur at both which gives me the freedom to do each with no pressure whatsoever. I’ve also…

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Why Should Kids Play Outside?

Why Should Kids Play Outside?

An Indoor Childhood The topic of our children’s ever-increasing time spent indoors has sparked many studies and discussions over the last decade or so. So why should kids play outside? I’m going to delve into the reasons the indoor phenomenon has come about, the health risks associated with it and the natural antidote for turning it around. “Nature Deficit Disorder describes the human costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates…

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Trail Running Quotes – Ten Quotes to Inspire You to Explore

Trail Running Quotes – Ten Quotes to Inspire You to Explore

What Do Trail Running Quotes Do For Me? For me, trail running quotes are those that either inspire me to get out there and explore and appreciate the trail or provide me that extra push I need when things get tough. Motivational Quotes I’m not a fan of motivational quotes in general, as they have been done to death and have therefore lost some of their value. In saying that, there are quotes out there that really resonate and give…

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Best Fitness Hacks – The 21 Day Habit Theory

Best Fitness Hacks – The 21 Day Habit Theory

The 21 Day Habit Theory I have recently come across the 21 day habit theory – the theory that it takes three weeks to form a habit. The more I delve into this concept, the more I realise its power. While some dispute this theory as unrealistic, I think there are elements here that can be used to benefit many areas of our lives. When used to hone in on our fitness goals, it is a real gem. For me,…

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The Frustration of Injury – Dealing With Running Setbacks

The Frustration of Injury – Dealing With Running Setbacks

The Frustration of Injury in your Running Plan They say that it only takes three weeks (or 21 days) to form a new habit. I completely agree with this, in fact I was going to write a blog about it I’m so convinced with its power. But what about when life throws a stick in your spokes just as you had built up some wonderful momentum? It’s incredibly annoying right? I’m going to talk about the frustration of injury in…

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Trail Running – What is Your Why?

Trail Running – What is Your Why?

Why do you trail run or WHY SHOULD you? Trail running has become an incredibly popular sport over the last ten years with no sign of it slowing down. People are drawn to trail running for the chance to get outside, the adventure, the fitness, the fresh air and an opportunity to reconnect with nature. So what is it about this sport that is drawing people in droves? If you are one of the many who has already discovered the…

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Chafing – Prevention and Treatment

Chafing – Prevention and Treatment

Why Chafing Happens and How to Prevent It It’s an annoying little problem that happens to many runners and athletes who enjoy a number of sports. Let’s talk about why chafing happens and more importantly how to prevent it so we can get on with the business of enjoying being out on the trail. A Fraction Too Much Friction It all comes down to friction, whether it be skin-on-skin friction or fabric-on-skin friction. Common areas include the thighs, the groin,…

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Runner Profile: Jim Turner

Runner Profile: Jim Turner

Jim is 33 year old runner from northern NSW Australia, near the beautiful beaches of Coolangatta. Andrew first met Jim at a running group “Border Striders” and they soon became great training buddies as well as great mates. Jim has recently come over to Portugal where he got the chance to run in some new and exciting places and we got the chance to sit down with him and talk about running. So Jim, how long have you been a…

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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 About My First Marathon is our very first runner profile and we are super excited that our very first runner is  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…

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