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When running on trail there are a few things you need to take into consideration if you plan on running your fastest pace, or you’re fastest 5km.
A year or 2 back I planned to do a local trail run close to home, on a relatively flat route – I was quite fit I thought and I could do a 5km in about 30min. I thought that I would use this upcoming trial run to try and beat my 30min on a 5km. Boy was I wrong. Not only did I not run faster that 30min, I ran longer by about 6min!!
I was very disappointed, but also still surprised about how different it felt to run my first 5km on trail. Knowing what I know now I realise it was silly to think that I could run my fastest 5km on trail whilst being so inexperienced.
So in my last race I’m happy to say after many improvements and lots of exercise I ran my fastest 5km on trail without even noticing. Below are a few tips to building yourself up to run your fastest 5km on trail.
There are many other gear items you can get from trail running but most of them come with endurance and distance. When you’re running a 5km you will rarely need them. I do suggest always running with a water bottle to help with hydration on trails.
You can see the structural DIFFERENCE between the two shoes, both perfect for their trade but DIFFERENT for their function:
(My apologies for how dirty they are – I want to wash them, its just winter and stuff takes long to dry!)
These are some of my tips but I’ve yet to learn much more, one rock, tree and face plant at a time! One thing to always to remember with Trail Running it to look up every now and then and to enjoy you environment, respect it and appreciate it. Especially if you run in South Africa, we have some of the most beautiful trail routes in the world. Keep running and training, if you put in the time and the effort you fastest 5km on trail will follow, the best part is you might just have a few adventures along the way!