From Road Running to Trail Running: A Beginner's Journey in Ultra Running
From Road Running to Trail Running: A Beginner's Journey in Ultra Running

Getting Started with Ultra Running

Are you an avid road runner looking to take your running experience to the next level? Have you ever considered trying ultra running? If not, let me introduce you to the exhilarating world of trail running and ultra races. In this blog post, we will take you through the basics of making the transition from road to trail, and offer some tips to help you get started in ultra running.

Ultra running is a discipline that pushes the limits of human endurance. Unlike traditional road races, ultramarathons are typically longer, often ranging from 50 kilometers (31 miles) and beyond. These races offer a unique challenge as they take place on varied terrain, including rugged trails, steep climbs, and descents. It's a whole new world out there, and we want to be your guide as you embark on this thrilling adventure.

Meet Brian, Your Guide to Ultra Running

At Altitude Endurance Coaching, we are privileged to have Brian, a seasoned ultra runner and coach, with over four decades of experience in endurance sports. Brian's love for ultra running started long ago, and he has numerous accomplishments under his belt. With eight Leadville 100-mile race completions and multiple finishes in 240-mile ultra races, Brian's beginnings in the sport are rooted in the track and road racing. Brian is passionate about sharing his knowledge and helping beginners navigate the world of ultra running. Experience is one aspect but education and knowledge are another. Brian is a certified Ultrarunning Coach with UESCA, USATF Level 1 Coach, and a TrainingPeaks Level 2 Certified Coach. 

Whether you're a road runner aiming to try your first ultra race or a seasoned trail runner seeking to improve your performance, Brian has the expertise and experience to guide you every step of the way. He understands the physical and mental challenges that come with ultra running and will provide you with personalized training plans and advice that can help you achieve your goals.

The Benefits of Trail Running and Ultra Races

Trail running offers a unique experience compared to traditional road running. As you navigate through nature's trails, you will discover breathtaking scenery, fresh air, and a sense of tranquility that is hard to find on crowded city streets. Trails also provide a softer surface, which can be kinder to your joints and reduce the risk of injuries commonly associated with road running. Additionally, ultra races offer an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself and discover what you're truly capable of. The pace is usually a bit slower on the trail and we have the BEST snacks!

Tips for Transitioning from Road to Trail

The transition from road running to trail running requires some adjustments and preparation. Here are a few tips to help you make a smooth transition:

1. Start with shorter trail runs: Begin by incorporating shorter trail runs into your training routine. This will help familiarize yourself with the different terrain and build the necessary strength and stability.

2. Invest in the right gear: Trail running requires appropriate gear such as trail shoes with good traction, moisture-wicking clothing, and a hydration pack. Invest in these essentials to enhance your comfort and performance.

3. Focus on building strength: Trail running engages different muscles compared to road running. Incorporate strength training exercises that target your core, hips, and legs to improve your stability and endurance on uneven terrains.

4. Adapt your pace: On trails, it's important to adjust your pace to match the challenging terrain. Don't be discouraged if your pace is slower compared to road running. The goal is to enjoy the experience and gradually build your endurance.

Why Choose Altitude Endurance Coaching

When it comes to ultra running, having the right guidance and support is crucial. At Altitude Endurance Coaching, we take pride in providing personalized training plans that are tailored to your individual needs and goals. Brian's extensive experience and passion for ultra running make him an ideal coach to help you achieve your full potential.

Whether you're a beginner looking to complete your first ultra race or a seasoned ultrarunner aiming for new personal records, we are here to support you every step of the way. Join us at Altitude Endurance Coaching and let us help you turn your dreams of becoming an ultra runner into a reality.