Health & Fitness
Trail Running

Trail Running

October - November 2020

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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in this issue

1 min.
breaking new ground

THIS SUMMER HAS BEEN memorable for a host of reasons, not least for its Fastest Known Times – FKTs to us trail runners. BBC Breakfast News has never featured so many amazing off-roaders shattering seemingly impossible records... But perhaps that best sums up what our sport is all about. Of course, not too many will return home a record holder, but getting out there is always about hitting personal targets, whether that’s to run half an hour for the first time or crest a hill in the distance you’ve been meaning to but never got round to. Even the trail running record-breaking machine Kilian Jornet (p54) told us how much this odd period we’re all experiencing has given him the time to explore routes closer to his home – something he’s…

1 min.
running inspiration

TRUNK LINE Red Bull-sponsored athlete Ryan Sandes, pictured here in training before last year’s Tarawera Ultra in Rotorua, New Zealand. Closer to home, this issue of Trail Running features the arborial delights of Kent’s Bedgebury Pinetum (p26), as well as a fascinating read on the positive effect that the natural surroundings in which we run can have on our mental health. Turn to page 76 to find out more. MINDFUL RUNS Going solo might not have been on every runner’s agenda for this summer, until circumstances dictated otherwise. But this unexpected solitude has given many of you – and us – the headspace and opportunity for reverie so often neglected in the fast moving world of the 21st century. This image from 2016’s Red Bull Steeplechase, taken on the cliffs near Lynmouth, Devon,…

1 min.
born to run

Active ancestors A 2018 study suggested sedentary behaviours allowed our ancestors to preserve energy crucial for survival, but that humans have developed traits which encourage activity. Only those who chased their food survived. Natural selection favoured those engaged in a large amount of activity in an energy-saving way. Achilles advantage Humans’ long Achilles tendon is a major benefit when it comes to running. According to an article published this year in New Scientist, the early hominid Australopithecus afarensis may have been the first primate to run on two legs, their long Achilles tendon being a clue. Runner’s high Those endorphins that kick in after a run could be the result of our early ancestors’ need to combine the tough physical and mental tasks involved in foraging. The parts of the brain used for foraging are…

1 min.
against the clock

Exercise could one day be prescribed for shift workers or heart disease sufferers in an effort to realign subjects’ body clocks. So suggested scientists after a study on mice, which found that 60 minutes of activity shifted the body clocks of their muscle cells. Christopher Wolff of University of Florida, who co-authored the study, said: “This research is really important because it highlights the effect exercise can have on our body clocks. If this is replicated in humans it means that night-shift workers can use exercise to help shift their body clocks. We may also be able to use exercise as a treatment for ‘body clock disorders’ that can occur in many chronic diseases such as heart disease.”…

1 min.
starch wars

RICE Although lower in calories than pasta (130kcals per 100g cooked weight), you’ll need to watch the portion size if trying to lose weight. A great energy-booster, it is also a mine of B vitamins, iron, manganese and magnesium. It can also help with digestion, enhance skin health, is cholesterol-free and low in sodium. PASTA With 25g of carbs per 100g, it’s perfect for carb-loading before endurance races and, as a complement to some protein, ideal for recovery. But, with 160kcals per 100g of cooked pasta, keep an eye on quantity if calorie intake is an issue. It is higher in protein and dietary fibre than rice, is low in fat and its low glycemic index helps it prevent diabetes. VERDICT It’s a tie as both are quite similar nutritionally and can, in the…

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lockdown boosts activity

Many of us seemed to notice that everyone was suddenly a runner or a cyclist during the coronavirus lockdown this year. But evidence for the increase in the popularity of running may not have been purely anecdotal. Research published in the journal BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine showed that, during lockdown, 75% of UK adults met the recommended exercise levels of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week. This compared to 58-66% reported in studies before the restrictions. Meanwhile, a study published by Asics in June revealed that 72% wanted to continue running post-lockdown as much as they were, and that 67% felt exercise helped them cope mentally with challenging situations such as that which hit us in the spring.…