Silver Star Cross Training Series: Trail Running

Audrey ManganAugust 30, 2011

Why is it when a summer time cross-training endeavor such as trail running offers such enormous physical & cardio benefits that more Nordic skiers don’t do it?

For some it is a physical dilemma with joint issues.  For others the issue is not actually physical but mental.

Unlike other summer cross-over sports which can greatly benefit a Nordic skier, trail running seemingly has no glide, no free lunch, no apparent opportunity to look around and enjoy the view. Zero. Zilch.

With there being a less than obvious opportunity to sit back for a moment and enjoy “the ride”, many people are simply turned off by trail running. However, learning a  little technique can go a long way in furthering your understanding of finding ways to enjoy “the runners high” without a whole lot of effort. The other key point is adopting the right outlook.  This can do even more in bringing you one step closer to enjoying this wonderful & highly beneficial cross-over sport.

Choosing appropriate grades of trail, pace, and duration are critical. Too often people overdose on one if not all three of these factors and end up terribly dissatisfied or reluctant to incorporate trail running into their routine on any sort of regular basis.

Taking the time to learn effective running tips, purchasing appropriate foot wear and going out with someone who can help pace you will make all the difference.

25th Anniversary Camp Specials
As part of our 25th year anniversary celebrations of the Silver Star XC Camps we are pleased to offer a 20% discount to those XC Campers booking their ski-to-your-door accommodation.

Please contact Silver Star Mountain Reservations ( / 1-800-663-4431 / 250.558.6083) for more information and your one-stop booking needs (camp registration, trail passes, accommodation, transfers.)

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Audrey Mangan

Audrey Mangan (@audreymangan) is an Associate Editor at FasterSkier and lives in Colorado. She learned to love skiing at home in Western New York.

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