Posts Categorized: Trail Running Tips

Max King Hosts “How to Trail Run” Zoom Workshop

Max King

[Editor’s Note: Scroll down for the full workshop replay on YouTube] Can you really learn something about trail running from a Zoom workshop? You can if the instructor is 2011 World Mountain Running Champion and trail running pro Max King. I tuned into an hour-long Zoom video presentation entitled, “How to Trail Run,” on July… Read more »

How to Trail Race During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Trail Racing

Written by American Trail Running Association founder and executive director Nancy Hobbs.  Although many trail races are still in the virtual mode, some states and counties are loosening coronavirus restrictions and a handful of in-person events are being staged. These live events look and feel a bit different from those held prior to the pandemic,… Read more »

Trail Runner Q&A: How To Be “Bear Prepared” In The Wilderness

Do you have questions about trail running? Send em our way and we’ll connect you with experts who know the answers. American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member Paul Clark from Idaho asks: “I’m planning a run in Yellowstone National Park which is known to be a Grizzly bear habitat. Is there a trail running friendly… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Top 7 Foam Rolling Tips for Trail Runners

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website. Foam rollers are one of the most effective recovery tools for trail runners. They can be… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: KT Tape Pro

KT Tape Pro reviewed by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) advisory board member and Wisconsin trail runner Susan Kendrick. Susan is the Director of Sponsorship for the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation and was featured in our View from the Pack series of articles. This product was provided at no charge by KT Tape for this… Read more »

ATRA Partner Active at Altitude Launches Runners Mindset Program

Announcement from Estes Park, Colorado based Active at Altitude, organizers of the annual US Trail Running Conference in partnership with the American Trail Running Association. Active at Altitude, creator of experiences that educate, inspire, and empower an active, healthy, mindful lifestyle, has announced a new program to help guide runners through these challenging times with… Read more »

Coping with Change: Advice from Elite Trail Runner Sam Lewis

American Trail Running Association executive director Nancy Hobbs interviewed 2019 US Mountain Running Team member Sam Lewis to see how she’s adjusting her training to and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Sam Lewis lives in Moscow, Idaho where she is a teacher and coach. She stormed onto the mountain and trail racing scene in 2019… Read more »

How to Find and Enjoy “Secret Trails”

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website.  Do you have a favorite trail that not many people know about? Perhaps it’s hard to… Read more »

Tayte’s Trail Tips: 5 Ways to Improve Your Downhill Running Speed

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Watching experienced trail runners glide downhill is a beautiful sight. They seem to fly effortlessly, soaring over rocks and obstacles seemingly without fear of falling; even over the gnarliest terrain. However,… Read more »

Our Trail Work Survey Results Are In!

Photo above of work on the Cheyenne Mountain Trail by the Colorado Springs Gazette. We recently conducted a survey of trail runners to better understand and measure their attitudes towards and involvement in trail maintenance, trail building and trail advocacy activities. With over 2500 survey respondents, we were excited to see a high level of… Read more »

How Hiking Can Make You a Faster Trail Runner (Bonus Edition)

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As a trail runner, it can be tempting to run every inch of every trail we ever set foot on. Hiking on trails, however, can be a great form of supplemental… Read more »

How to Plan and Execute Your Biggest Off-Road Adventure Runs

This article was written by professional trail runner Ryan Ghelfi and originally published on trailsandtarmac.com. Ryan is also a member of the Trails & Tarmac coaching team with David Laney, Jenn Shelton, Camelia Mayfield, Brett Hornig, Rachel Drake, Cole Watson, Tyler Green and Alex Nichols. It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the short window… Read more »

How Hiking Can Make You A Faster Trail Runner

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hiking is one of the best ways for trail runners to cross train. Hiking improves your cardiovascular fitness with minimal impact on your joints, strengthens muscle groups essential for trail running,… Read more »

How to Approach Trail Running as an Explorer

While on a recent trip to Iceland with my adventure sister and BFF Anita Ortiz – a trip with an emphasis on trail running – I contemplated the nexus of our sport in terms of training and exploring and how these two very different approaches to a trail run intertwine and create a healthy synergy…. Read more »

How to “Go” When You’re Going Trail Running

In the spirit of our 2019 theme: Trail Running Responsibly, here is an article about waste…the human kind…and responsible disposal. Tommy McClellan, trail runner and stand-up comic, provided this humorous article based on his personal experience. Does a bear shit in the woods? I’m not entirely sure. I would assume so. One thing I know… Read more »

10 Minute Core and Strength Routine for Trail Runners

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For this week’s trail running training tip, I’d like to share a 10 minute running-specific core and strength routine I developed for the Active at Altitude Spring Trail Running Camp held… Read more »

Be a healthy trail runner; spice up your stretching

Written by Stephen R. Santangelo for the Spring 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Many folks find stretching to be rather boring; especially, when the choice of stretching becomes repetitive. Not only is stretching important to prepare the muscles and joints for the trails, it is imperative to ignite the CNS (Central Nervous System)…. Read more »

Get More From Your Core to Trail Run More Efficiently and Avoid Injury

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Although many core strength routines target abdominal muscles, the abs are only a one of the muscle groups that make up your core. Your core includes your abdominals, hips, torso, lower… Read more »

Ashley Brasovan on The Art of Balance: Life and Trail Running

This article was written by Ashley Brasovan for the spring 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Ashley is the 2007 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion, a Duke University graduate, and most recently a mountain, ultra & trail (MUT) running convert with two USATF Championship titles to her credit – 2017 Trail Half Marathon and… Read more »

Fix Your Running Form Imbalances to Stay Injury Free

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Imbalances in strength and flexibility between one side of the body and the other are common, but are not often identified and corrected before they lead to more serious injuries. Trail… Read more »