There are 10 mistakes in the preparation for Trail Running that might have a negative impact on your entire racing season, let’s see them together. The month of January and beginning of February, for those who have not decided to anticipate the Season debuting at the Transcanaria Ultra Trail, is still a transition period for the trail running training. Once the waiting phase of the draws for the races around the Mont Blanc, UTMB, CCC, OCC, is over it is time to focus on the goals of the next Trail Running Season. Now there are several alternatives for those who want to challenge themselves on distances over 100km.

During the preparation of the trail running competitive Season, there are several mistakes that many trail runners do.

Which are the *MISTAKES* to avoid doing?

Here are the 10 TOP MISTAKES:

  1. Continue to compete non-stop and do not plan a phase of psychophysical recovery between competitions
  2. Do not define a race calendar and instinctively register for any competition regardless of the distance, your characteristics and preparation with the belief that it will anyway be good for your training
  3. Choose, for the first months of the year, too long-distance races without planning a progressive approach, risking injuries and general fatigue and arriving at your Ultra Trail goal of the year without energy
  4. Confuse the general preparation with the specific preparation. In the first phase, it is important to work on speed, the threshold, quality training and targeted exercises, even the long runs should beplanned in a different way. Subsequently, you will focus on the development of endurance, the very long runs, the mountain sessions with d+
  5. Perform extra workouts not scheduled on your training plan, if you have one. Adding volume, intensity or cross-training practice not expected with the risk of over-training
  6. Define an unsuitable work plan for muscle strengthening in terms of exercises, intensity and number of repetitions for the type of competitions in which you want to perform. The result is often to gain weight which makes it more difficult to run uphill and easier to injure yourself downhill
  7. Start to late with the preparation, skipping fundamental steps
  8. Do not take care of your nutrition and supplementation, finding yourself at the beginning of the Season with additional weight to eliminate and blood values ​​out of the norm.
  9. Do not plan a general check-up on your physical condition, including specific blood tests, to verify the need for any additional supplementation
  10. Do not take advantage of this period of the year to alternate the type of shoes you are using, going from trail running shoes to cushioned ones designed for road running and vice versa


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