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. […]

5 Easy Workouts for Speeding Up on the Trails

by Martin J. Trout Getting Faster in Trail Running 5 Easy Workouts Most trail runners spend an enormous amount of time just running – fairly slowly and usually for a long time. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you are fine with just grinding it out during your races, finishing somewhere around the […]

Trail Running Training Words – Simple Definitions

with  Martin J. Trout In this article we aim to simplify several definitions that we may come across during our trail running days. As trail runners, some of us may feel distanced to the thought of strict training programmes full of technical words, minutes, brackets and hyphens, which often seem more geared towards marathon and road runners. […]

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 […]