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Trail Running June - July 2018

Trail Running was the UK's first magazine devoted to the exciting, adventurous world of off-road running. Escape boring treadmills, knee-jolting tarmac and traffic fumes and join us in the fresh air as we help you discover Britain’s most awesome trails. In each issue you’ll find... - Mapped off-road routes - Inspirational places to run throughout the UK - More gear tests than any other running magazine - Expert training advice and fitness plans We also feature and interview record-breaking mountain runners, along with the best trail, obstacle and adventure races.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Bauer Media Ltd
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a bright spark

FINALLY after months of seemingly endless miles in the dark, the long, bright days are upon us. Thermals have been replaced with lightweight T-shirts and all-singing, all-dancing heavyweight rain jackets have been washed, waterproofed and put away for a few months. And better still, you can finally see where you’re going. Fellow trail runners, this is what enduring the winter was all about – it’s time to make the most of those fantastic sunlit evenings. And as it turns out, light – in all its guises, be that the sun or the weight of your shoes – has a huge impact on the way we run, as explains Professor John Brewer in his feature on page 32. In fact, John’s take on the whole subject was so enlightening (ahem!)…

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this issue’s contributors

JOHN BREWER Our resident professor of sports science lifts the lid on light, p32. SOPHIE RADCLIFFE TR’s cover star reveals good running is all a question of confidence, p42. MATT MAYNARD Mountain leader Matt treads carefully on a trail around a Chilean volcano, p46. CLAIRE MAXTED Test machine Claire puts shoes (p66) and backpacks (p72) through their paces. JEN & SIM BENSON The authors of Wild Running take a look at the best sunglasses on sale, p68. JULIE BROWN Sun’s out, guns out for gear editor Julie Brown and her T-shirt test on p70. /trailrunningmag @trailrunningmag /trailrunningmag tr@bauermedia.co.uk ■…

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running inspiration

THE INNS CROWD Winter may be all about skiing in Innsbruck but in spring and summer trail running becomes the most important alpine activity in the area. Kicking off the season, the Innsbruck Alpine TrailRun Festival took place in April, and was the first of many superb events to be held over the summer. It’s a fabulous festival that takes in some breathtaking scenery, and the night-time race sees the slopes light up with the glow of headtorches. If you have a great pic send it to tr@bauermedia.co.uk TIME TO SHINE Finally, it’s here! Summer is upon us. Those long dark nights of pondering how much layering you should employ before every run – not to mention what jacket to wear – are behind us. It’s…

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boost your endurance this summer

MUSIC AIDS ENDURANCE... Many of us shun headphones when running, particularly on trails, as it seems at odds with the nature-embracing mindset. But, new research, presented at the American College of Cardiology, has confirmed listening to upbeat music can increase endurance. It’s thanks to feel-good chemicals released in the brain, which can stave off fatigue and pain. ...AND REDUCES PAIN The exercise-tunes combo seems to be on the money this month. According to researchers in Germany, listening to music that’s in time with your movements – dubbed ‘Jymmin’ – can increase the pain threshold. So, finding some music with a bpm that matches your cadence and speed could keep you on it when the going gets tough. BERRY GOOD NEWS Research on endurance…

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under the microscope: swimrun

Swimrun makes for great adventures What? An increasingly popular endurance sport which mixes open water swimming with trail running. How? All you need is a wetsuit and some hand paddles. Competitors run in twos for safety, and must carry all their own gear. Why? Swimrunning’s fusion of the two disciplines taxes a variety of energy systems and near enough every muscle in the body, making it a complete test of fitness. By using hand paddles and a leg float when swimming, the effort is isolated into your upper body, allowing your legs to rest before the next running section. If you’re looking for a new challenge over the warmer months, swimrunning is definitely one to consider. ■…

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oat off

OATS A rich source of carbs, protein (9g in 1.5 cups), fibre, magnesium and iron, oats are a staple for runners and gym-goers across the world. Not accounting for milk or syrups, like honey, may seem unfair, but these can be added in varying quantities, as can nutrient-rich supplements like flaxseed. ■…

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