TRAIL

Using trail for road

When I received an invitation to run the Boston Marathon a couple of months ago, I was blown away. To be out there with 40,000 athletes feeling the vibe was just wow. I felt at home. Trail runners are brothers and sisters, and road runners the cousins: still part of the family.

Although I am a trail junkie, I knew this would be a life-changing run. So where do you start prepping for the marathon if you prefer trail running?

DIMENSIONS OF TAR

When you run on the road, you are mostly in a two dimensional plane, compared with the 3D efforts of trail. In layman’s terms, you hardly move sideways in a marathon: no branches and trees to duck under or sidestep rocky areas. This means that you definitely overwork certain muscle areas on the road, because of the repetitive motion with

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