How To Do Everything: Trail Running

Trail racing can be a whole different beast. But not to worry, we’ve prepared this handy guide to get you through the wilderness.

» Learn How to Prep for Your First Trail Race
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Run Your First Trail Race

Trail racing can be a whole different beast. But not to worry, we’ve prepared this handy guide to get you through the wilderness.

» Learn How to Prep for Your First Trail Race

Start Local

Not sure if you should travel across the country to embarrass yourself in your first race? It might be best to start a little closer to home.

» Learn How to Start Local

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Study the Terrain

Knowing the lay of the land can give you an edge over your opponent. Learn how to get familiar with the terrain and destroy your competition.

» Learn How to Study the Terrain

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Dress Appropriately

History’s greatest warriors would not be so foolish as to charge into battle without their armor, and neither would you. Prepare yourself for the elements or be defeated.

» Learn How to Dress Appropriately

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Hydrate

In the heat of battle, even the sharpest warriors can forget to take a swig from their canteen. Failure to do so could cost a man the crown, or worse. Don’t be caught unprepared.

» Learn How to Hydrate During Your Trail Race

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Run in the Heat

The secret to performing in hot weather? Have a really cold one.

» Learn How to Run in the Heat

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Prepare for an Altitude Race at Sea Level

At just 5,000 feet above sea level, the body makes physiological changes to adapt to the lower concentration of oxygen in the air.

» Learn How to Prepare for an Altitude Race at Sea Level

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Plan for Your First Ultra

Ellie Greenwood, winner of the 2012 ­Western States 100-mile Endurance Run, on balancing big miles with a day job.

» Learn How to Plan for Your First Ultra

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Use Caffeine on Race Day

Caffeine has long been recognized as a performance-enhancing drug. It’s been proven to increase endurance, decrease perceived effort, and increase oxygen uptake, all of which adds up to a maximum improvement in time trial performance of about 3.4 percent.

» Learn How to Use Caffeine on Race Day

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