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Four Key Elements To Trail Running Excellence

No Easy Way

No Easy Way!

Dang, she/he is fast! Hmm, look at those shoes. Could it be?

Well, not likely.

Before you get all caught up into the minimalist, lightweight trail running shoe vortex and spend all your time and energy chasing the ounces, let’s remind ourselves of four foundational elements of trail running excellence.

These four foundational elements offer the core support towards achieving your trail running goals.

  1. Training – Run, run, run. For some, this could also include cross training and/or strength training.
  2. Recovery – This includes the ever popular foam roller, sleep, and other beneficial run recovery tools.
  3. Lifestyle – Nutritional choices and stress management.
  4. Having fun – Having fun on the trails often leads to more of number 1, 2, and 3.

The search for the best lightweight shoe (for you) can be an exciting hunt and I will admit to spending a bit of time (probably too much) looking for the golden egg myself. But more importantly, it pays to remind ourself of the basic elements that will take us farther in our trail running or ultramarathon journey than any pair of shoes ever will.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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