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Trail Running


Postby barrybarrywatson » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:51 am

My wife is doing the 10k Glencoe trail run this year and I was looking for some advice from experienced trail runners, especially those who have competed in this event. My main query would be, what is the best terrain to train on? My wife is a good runner and competed in half marathons, but my concern is her ability to run over uneven surfaces like a boulder field. I’m assuming there may be boulder like terrain in this event. Any general advise for a distance runner doing this event for the first time would be most welcome. Thanks
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Re: Trail Running

Postby davekeiller » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:44 pm

I'm not a trail runner, but commonsense would suggest that the best terrain to train on would be terrain that's similar to what she'll be racing on.
If you're concerned about running across boulder fields. then find some boulder fields to run across and practice until competent.
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Re: Trail Running

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:19 pm

barrybarrywatson wrote:My wife is doing the 10k Glencoe trail run this year and I was looking for some advice from experienced trail runners, especially those who have competed in this event. My main query would be, what is the best terrain to train on? My wife is a good runner and competed in half marathons, but my concern is her ability to run over uneven surfaces like a boulder field. I’m assuming there may be boulder like terrain in this event. Any general advise for a distance runner doing this event for the first time would be most welcome. Thanks


Very easy to answer, get your wife to have a recce on the route 3/4 times, always train on or as close to the terrain you want to run on
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Re: Trail Running

Postby rodderss » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:23 pm

My wife did the glencoe marathon a few years back.pretty sure it will follow part of that route.
No boulder fields just very stony uneven paths and possibly a bit of bog depending on the weather.Easy to turn an ankle on if not careful.

The boggy section was within the first mile or so and up to just below knees but it had been a very wet spell leading up to it.Not what you need with 25 miles still to go.haha

Just get her to practice on some hills local to you that should have similar terrain, that's what my wife did.Things like the ryvoan pass and the Gordon way she also did.
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Re: Trail Running

Postby NickyRannoch » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:24 pm

If it is the same route as last year it's basically a cross country run. No boulder fields and most of it on the WHW.

Pretty steep start though.
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Re: Trail Running

Postby jmarkb » Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:26 am

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Re: Trail Running

Postby barrybarrywatson » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:02 pm

Thanks for the info. Ideally we will try and get a run round the route, but living far away it might not be possible.
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Re: Trail Running

Postby Magoo82 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:57 pm

jmarkb wrote:The route is available at https://trailevents.co/events/glencoe-scottish-highlands/


Ok, now I'm confused :lol:

I did the Glencoe Marathon last year and am doing it again this year. But the one I did was in September and followed a different route to the one in your link. Are there two Glencoe Marathon gatherings? And if so, maybe the OP can confirm which 10k we're talking about...?
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Re: Trail Running

Postby jmarkb » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:13 pm

Magoo82 wrote:I did the Glencoe Marathon last year and am doing it again this year. But the one I did was in September and followed a different route to the one in your link. Are there two Glencoe Marathon gatherings? And if so, maybe the OP can confirm which 10k we're talking about...?


The Glencoe Marathon in September ( http://glencoemarathon.co.uk/ ) indeed a different event, which also features a half but not a 10k.
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Re: Trail Running

Postby Sack the Juggler » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:38 pm

barrybarrywatson wrote:Thanks for the info. Ideally we will try and get a run round the route, but living far away it might not be possible.
definitely try get a few practice runs in on the route before the day If possible. Also, depending on how fit your missus is, sometimes its easier to walk up the steeps and run down the deeps, although I've seen fell runners who race up steeps that I can barely walk up.
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Re: Trail Running

Postby Eskimo » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:57 pm

Hi,

I'm a keen mountain runner, I've probably ran more Munros than I have walked now. There is certainly a different dynamic from running on easy trails or roads to running mountainous terrain. Like someone else said, the very best training is that performed on similar terrain. On terrain found in Glencoe, accept you will have to power walk a lot of the serious climbs but aim to run the easier gradients, flats and downhills.

To confirm, the 10K you mention is different from the even held in September. I'm not 100% sure on this but I think the 10K route is on fairly well tracked areas of Glencoe so as long as she can replicate this close to home, I'm sure she will be fine. I'll be doing either the half or full, undecided yet so good luck to all the fellow runners!

Drop me a PM if you want specific advice or to chat further.
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