Trail Running and Recovery – Part Two

In a series of three articles by Coach Martin Trout, we look at Recovery strategies in Trail Running. Types of recovery strategies Which ones are shown to work How they can benefit you Best practices In this article, Part 2 of 3. Martin looks at the use of compression garments, massage and stretching.  Part 1. […]

Trail Running and Recovery – Part One

In a series of three articles by Coach Martin Trout, we look at Recovery strategies in Trail Running. Types of recovery strategies Which ones are shown to work How they can benefit you Best practices We will be looking at: Part 1. and introduction Hydrotherapy Active Recovery Part 2. Compression garments Massage Stretching Part 3. […]

Heuristic Traps in Trail Running

by Martin J. Trout “Heuristic or heuristics (from the Greek for ‘find’ or ‘discover’) refers to experience- based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery. Heuristic methods are used to identify an optimal solution as rapidly as possible. Examples of this method include using a “rule of thumb”, an educated guess, an intuitive judgment, or […]

Weight Lifting and Functional Training for the Trails

by Martin J. Trout Useful for Trail Runners? It would appear that the majority of runners tend to avoid any form of training, which includes the use of weights. A number of them may do some abdominal exercises while others follow a stretching regime, but the idea of entering a gym or even following a […]

Polarised Training – The Golden Rule of 80/20

by Martin J. Trout One of the most common questions that I get asked, predictably I guess, is: “How should I train for trail races”? The simple answer is basically the same as you would for any other running race but don’t forget to include hills, both up and down, and get prepared for some […]

Adaptability on the Trail

by Martin J. Trout “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but rather, that which is most adaptable to change.” This phrase is often attributed to Charles Darwin but was actually pronounced by the American business professor Leon Meggison. His aim was clearly to draw a parallel between Darwin’s central thesis concerning […]

The Pursuit of an Unknown Ending

by Martin J. Trout Process Oriented vs. Goal Oriented “I can train and plan and do all that I can to try and achieve my goals, but at the end of the day I really don’t know what will happen. But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t try. Because regardless of what happens, there will […]

Walking in Trail Races

by Martin J. Trout The other day I was talking to Maria Bellini, Italy on Trail’s founder, when I asked her how the Tartufo Trail race, in Emilia-Romagna, had been for her. I knew she had run it as I was one of the designated sweepers and had caught up to her on one of the climbs […]

Italy on Trail Welcomes Martin John Trout

The Scent of The Trail Originally from London U.K., Martin J. Trout has been living in Italy since the nineties. He divides his time between the glamorous world of the global fragrance market and the more grittier and rougher world of the Outdoors. An all round Adventurer: Martin is an accomplished ultra runner, mountaineer, ski […]

Preparing for the Trails in Italy with Martin John Trout

Interview by Maria E. Bellini Spring is in full swing, with the sun eagerly knocking at the door, as hot Italian weather seeps into everyday life. Escape to the trails and you won’t be alone. Outdoor lovers are out and about as the hiking and trail running season sprightly blossoms into summer. I tracked down […]

A Giant Foam Salami, Scorching Sun And Wonderful Trails

by Maria E. Bellini Trail del Salame 2017 – 28th May 2017, San Michele Tiorre, Felino – Parma, Italy It’s not that easy to be objective about featuring your own running club’s yearly Trail race. You kind of love it on principle. The underlying humour that seems to be at the core of this hilly trail […]

Martin Trout – A Gentleman on the Trails

Interview by Maria E. Bellini Meet Martin John Trout – an Ultra runner and Mountaineer living in Italy. Originally from Harrow, London U.K. Martin has been working in the Perfume Industry for over 30 years. Married with two children, and a long-haired Jack Russell terrier (who is also his training partner), Martin is often to be found on the trails! Other than running […]