Start 2019 on the Trails (SF)

It’s that time of the year again! Time to set your goals for 2019. And what goal list wouldn’t be complete without a few races?!

We missed our ECSCA race this year due to forest fires so NPSF is rallying behind Run for Amma. This is a great local charity race. The proceeds from the race go to support cancer research. There is a 10k, 30k, and 50k option. Something for every level! Sign up here (discount code: NPSF) and join us as we train together.

If you’ve never raced a trail race before, we’ve created a simple training plan to help guide you. For the longer trail races it’s really all about getting in the “time on your feet” as opposed to hitting a certain speed. So when you’re training, get to the Marin Headlands on the weekends and put in the miles/time. Don’t worry about your pace as much. Join us at SFRC every Saturday for a group run in the Headlands. It’s a fun time. For those of you that have raced trails before, this training plan might be too basic and I encourage you to do what works for you.

Training for a trail race, or any race, is more than just getting those runs done. You should also be focusing on self maintenance, roll and stretch as often as you can. This will really help prevent injury as you train. Don’t skimp on sleep! Proper rest is also important for a good recovery from your hard runs. And speaking of recovery, if you’re feeling especially wrecked it’s ok to take a day off. Finally, don’t forget about nutrition. Beyond eating a healthy diet 24/7 (which I could go on and on about), you should practice eating calories on your long runs.

If this sounds like a lot, don’t fret! We’re here to help. You can always reach out to us at a workout or on social media with any questions. There are also many people at NPSF who have run trails before and they are a wealth of knowledge. In late January, we’ll be hosting a panel event where we and others will answer any questions and generally “talk shop” about trail running, so watch out for that event!

Get stoked and see you on the trails!

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