Trail running—it’s more than you think. So says CrossFit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie.
“Time and intensity is how you want to look at things,” he says. “First, we look at how long you can literally last.”
A common problem, he says, is an insufficient warm-up.
“Trail running is a very athletic thing. It’s not just running.”
For those who want to compete, his advice is to look at the length of the race and where you can handle running a specific time “at a really good clip.”
“There’s progressing into these things that allows you to have more success in it versus going out and just slogging something out, blowing up in the first 20 minutes and then having to walk the rest of the time,” he explains.
MacKenzie adds: “It’s not the aerobic base that’s going to get you to the finish line. It’s that ability to go hard and be able to do it repeatedly, which is stamina.”
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Additional reading: Lessons From a Pose Seminar by Paul Eich, published Dec. 14, 2011.