January 21, 2019
Wonderland Mountain Challenge: Training for a Trail Race
With a brand new year just beginning, you may be considering some goals that you would like to achieve for 2019. For most, New Year’s Resolutions are established at the start of a new year to help individuals lead better lives moving forward. This could mean anything from eating healthier, saving more money, picking up a new hobby, or running a race for the first time. At ACE, we are proud to be the home of 3 unique trail races: Wonderland Mountain Challenge, which can be run as a half marathon (13.1 miles), a 10k run, or a 5-mile walk, Gritty Chix Mud Run, a down and dirty mud obstacle course run with 5k and 1 mile options, and The New River Gorgeous Trail Run, a half marathon, 10k run, or 5-mile walk.
Training for a Trail Race
If you are new to running, you may be wondering how to best tackle training for a trail run. An important thing to keep in mind is that trail running is much different than running on a road or running on a treadmill. With uneven terrain, it is even more imperative to be aware of your footing. Always inform a family member or friend about where you are running, if you are running alone. With that mind, here are some tips to get you out on the trails:
- Start small. Begin your training regime with shorter runs. If you are unable to run for long distances, you can alternate running and walking.
- Join a local run club (like this group that meets in Fayetteville, WV).
- Search online for training programs specifically for your fitness level and intended distance.
- Listen to your body, take rest days.
- Have fun!
The reward for gearing up and getting out on your first trail run is incredible. Not only will you have the opportunity to participate in a race, a new year’s goal for many, but you’ll be able to soak in the beautiful surroundings of the New River Gorge.