4 lesser known Short Trail Races in the Italian Alps

by Maria E. Bellini There are plenty of well known Ultras in the Alps. With super long distances to keep you on your feet for the best past of 24 hours. But what if you just fancy a taster of some spectacular alpine trail running? Something that won’t leave you whacked out for the rest […]

Trail Running and Speed-work: Tempo Runs

by Martin John Trout Our guide to speed-work has brought us fartlek, interval training and hill sessions, here in our last installment we look at tempo runs and how and when to incorporate them into our trail running training to help us become faster and stronger runners. The four basic types of speed-work are fartlek […]

Trail Running and Speed-work: Hill Sessions

by Martin John Trout In the second and third parts of our guide to speed-work we looked at Fartlek and Interval Training. Here we will look at the (dreaded!) Hill Sessions and how they can be incorporated into training to help us become more powerful and faster runners. The four basic types of speed-work are […]

Trail Running and Speed-work: Interval Training Part 3:

by Martin John Trout In the second part of our guide to speed-work in trail running we looked at Fartlek. Here, in our 3rd part we will look at interval training and how it can be incorporated into training to help us become stronger and faster trail runners. The four basic types of speed-work are fartlek interval training […]

Last 2 days to enter the Scott® Ultra Trail del Mugello

ENGLISH: REGISTRATION CLOSES FOR 6th edition of the Scott® Mugello Ultra Trail on Sunday 14 April at 11.59pm Don’t miss the chance to take part in this exciting trail which takes place in Tuscany’s wild Mugello area. Diverse landscape characterises the landscape that makes up the vast green valley of the Mugello, and will let you […]

Fartlek – Speed-work training Part 2:

by Martin John Trout In the first part of our guide to speed-work in trail running we explained the importance of speed-work in order to become stronger and faster runners also in lower intensity zones. All very well and good but we need to know what kind of workouts are going to help us and […]

The Importance of Speedwork – Part 1

by Martin John Trout When you think of a trail runner, unless of course you’re thinking about one of the really fast guys like Jim Walmsley or Kilian Jornet, your mind goes immediately to somebody mostly running at a reasonably moderate effort, sometimes slowing to a sustainable jog or even hiking on particularly hilly terrain. […]

Carl Johan Sörman runs the Trail del Marchesato

Prima del trasloco in Italia non avevo mai corso sulle montagne e non sapevo neanche cosa fosse il trail running. By Carl Johan Sörman Tre anni fa, la mia compagna ed io, insieme a nostra figlia, abbiamo intrapreso un lungo viaggio dalla Scandinavia verso l’Italia. Stavamo cercando una nuova casa, lontani dal freddo e dallo […]

BUT Formazza 2019 – Early-Bird Registration Rates

Comunicato stampa – BUT Formazza BUT Formazza, early-bird registration rates are available until March 31st 2019 Over 220 athletes have already registered for July 13th’s BUT Formazza with runners from: Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Poland and Romania. From 1st April registration to the Bettelmatt Trail 2019 (52 km – 3.296 m D +) will change from € […]

5 July Trails in and around the Dolomites – Part1

by Maria E. Bellini This is part one of two articles looking at trail running in and around the Dolomites this July. Yes! There are that many trail races to choose from, and if you consider that all races have more than one distance on offer…. well trail runners are spoilt for choice! Choosing the […]

June 2019 Ultra Trails in Italy

by Maria E. Bellini Depending on your current fitness levels and training, if you haven’t chosen a goal trail race for this summer yet, why not consider one of these Italian trail races? We’ve come up with a selection challenges that take place in June, which are perfect as destination trail running events, and could […]

Allenamento Trail Running – Metodo Vs Obiettivo

by Martin John Trout “Posso allenarmi e pianificare e fare tutto il possibile per cercare di raggiungere i miei obiettivi, ma alla fine non so davvero cosa accadrà. Ma ciò non significa che non dovrei provare. Perché indipendentemente da ciò che accade, ci sarà un viaggio, un viaggio che sarà probabilmente pieno di grandi avventure […]

Trail Running events in Italy over the Easter holidays 

When is Easter 2019? Good news for runners as this year Easter should bring us good weather as it falls relatively late on Sunday, April 21. Nearly in May! Italian Holidays Easter, Labour Day and Mayday That’s just several days before another Italian public holiday  the “Festa della Liberazione” Liberation Day which marks the end of the Second […]

Defeating the Chimp Brain with Mantras

by Martin John Trout In the previous article we have looked at a protocol – RISE – that can be used in endurance running to turn our mental game round when it all starts going pear shaped in the middle of a race. But, as the medical profession never tires of assuring us, prevention is […]

Le Regole d’Oro per Correre insieme al Partner

by Maria E. Bellini Con l’approccio giusto, correre insieme al tuo partner può essere fantastico. Benefico sia per la corsa in se, sia per la relazione. Acquisisci un “running-buddy” e hai la possibilità di fare qualcosa che ami con la persona che ami. Così approfondendo il legame emotivo. Ma se sbagliate… la corsa insieme al […]

Romantic Running in Italy for Valentine’s Day

by Maria E. Bellini Running along Italy’s Scenic Roads And Rural Trails Get it right, and running with a loved one can be a sublime way to spend Valentines Day. Sharing the highs and the lows, all topped off with a teary embrace across the finish line. But get it wrong and it can swiftly […]

Defeating Negative Thought Patterns – RISE

by Martin John Trout Trail running is hard! No matter how much we want to look like Kilian, Jim, Xavier, Lizzy, Rory or Caroline* the reality is that finishing a long trail race means digging deep into our physical resources. It also means having to go into dark places and recesses of our minds if […]

10 Dritte Per Scegliere Il Tuo Primo Ultra Trail

by Maria E. Bellini Questo articolo è un’adattamento del articolo How to choose your first Italian ultra trail  precedentemente pubblicato in inglese. Basta dare uno sguardo a qualsiasi calendario di trail running per capire che di ultra, solo nel nostro paese ci sono veramente tanti. Se hai esperienze con le distanze medie ma sogni di fare qualcosa […]

Trail races with ample cut-off times

by Maria E. Bellini This article originally appeared in Ultrarunning World 12 Time, time, time: “I shall be too late!” Depending on our level of mental clarity, chilometres, metres and minutes may all turn out to become the toxic ingredients of a thick soup of despair, slowly simmering away in our mind. Some of us […]