‘How do I find running trails near me?’ (and more trail questions)

Often the most difficult part of running off-road is simply finding running trails near you! What if you don’t even live near trails?

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Trails near the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. More on Instagram

Finding running trails near me is a constant struggle – especially when I travel. I love trail running but recognize it’s not always possible or practical.

Not everyone lives near a trail head or big patch of wilderness ripe for exploration.  And with 3 kids, I can’t always drive hours into the Rocky Mountains to scale a 14er…

To run on trails more often, you have to get creative.

My go-to strategy for finding running trails near me is to use Google Maps. If I’m in a new city, I just look for green on the map.

Here’s my home town of Lexington, Massachusetts:

Running Trails Near Me

See all that green? I’ve run almost all of it – and have found ways of connecting the trails with minimal road running (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten lost in Lower Vine Brook… but that’s part of the fun)!

With just a few minutes of searching, I can find parks, athletic fields, and conservation land that are perfect for trail running – which is really just any off-road surface.

Find running trails near me using Trails.com (they offer even more detail).

Why is Trail Running So Important?

I’m not promoting running trails because they’re beautiful. Or awe-inspiring. Or jaw-dropping. Though, that’s certainly an added bonus!

Trail running is a welcomed alternative to road running because it’s a different type of stress that helps you become a better runner:

  • The uneven surface can limit the repetition of running, thereby reducing your injury risk
  • The varying terrain and obstacles (rocks, roots, holes, more turns and elevation changes) requires more athleticism
  • Softer surfaces can promote recovery on easy days

Plus, let’s not forget that running trails usually means that you’re going to run slower. And that can actually be a very good thing!

When used appropriately, train running can aid recovery by forcing you to run slower. A lower heart rate – on a softer, more forgiving surface – is how to structure a great recovery day.

From injury prevention to athleticism to recovery, trail running can help improve the quality of your training (and your race results).

Trail Running Q&A with Doug Hay

Doug Hay Trail Running

To help you make the most of running trails – and get started with the least amount of stress – I spoke with trail and ultra runner Doug Hay.

Doug is the coach behind the Rock Creek Runner blog and podcast (Trail Talk). For a healthy dose of #trailporn, don’t miss his Instagram!

He’s also the creator of the Trail Runner’s System (today’s sponsor – more on this below).

Our conversation covers a lot:

  • Our best advice for new trail runners
  • Do trails make running easier?
  • How “trails” can be a lot more than just trails
  • The risks of road running
  • Trail running as a gateway drug
  • What trail gear is absolutely necessary (and what isn’t)?

We also include a challenge for you – so don’t miss this episode.

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A big thanks to Doug for coming on the podcast today!

The Trail Runner’s System

This episode was made possible by The Trail Runner’s System – an end-to-end program for aspiring and intermediate trail runners.

The complete program includes:

  • 5+ units on trail running specifics like trail gear, benefits, how to choose the perfect race, racing trails, injury prevention, and more
  • 3+ hours of video instruction
  • Nearly five hours of audio instructions and interviews with folks like Stephanie Howe, Mike Wardian, Chris Vargo, and others (even me!)
  • 10 unique training plans (base training to 50 mile ultramarathon distances)
  • A private community and more

Doug has also included a 25% discount that’s already baked into the price. No discount code needed.

Check out all the details here. Thank you Doug!

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An insurance company is offering free cover when you buy a Cannondale bike

The offer applies to 2019 Cannondale, Mongoose and GT bikes as well as close-out 2018 models

Two-wheeled cover specialist Yellow Jersey has teamed up with the Cycling Sports Group (CSG) to offer three months’ free bike insurance with new bikes.

CSG is the supplier behind Cannondale, Mongoose and GT bikes and the offer will be available through over 600 retailers, effective immediately.

The deal provides riders with Yellow Jersey’s ‘Ultimate’ policy – and means that their bike and equipment will be covered worldwide, against theft, crash and accidental damage.

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The ‘Ultimate’ package also covers riders who are taking part in competitive races and events abroad.

The announcement comes in line with the release of the 2019 Cannondale, Mongoose and GT bikes, but the insurance offer is still valid on end of season 2018 models.

Following the three month period, customers will be given the opportunity to purchase further cover at a 25 per cent discount – even if they have made a claim. The cost of continuing the cover, as with any insurance, will vary depending upon the individual and the bike(s) in question.

“We’re delighted to be working with Cycling Sports Group. We’re big fans of the brand portfolio and this partnership presents excellent opportunities for all involved – us, them, the retailer and the customer,” said Yellow Jersey MD, Ryan Georgiades.

“Retailers are working in increasingly crowded spaces so we’re really pleased we can help differentiate. We have seen some ride away insurance policies before but to have such comprehensive cover for three months adds significant value to the sale, as thefts and accidents often happen soon into new bike ownership,” said Cycling Sports Group Director of Marketing, Clive Gosling.

“In addition, Yellow Jersey are offering to beat all retailer’s shop insurance renewal quotes by 10 per cent and includes cover for cycle related activities such as shop rides and demos. We feel this will help our dealers lower their running costs and increase their cover,” he added.

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University of Denver Adds Claire McDaniel To Coaching Staff For 2018-19 Season

Photo Courtesy: Denver Athletics

The University of Denver men’s and women’s swimming and diving program has named Claire (Maust) McDaniel its assistant coach, head coach Brian Schrader announced on Monday.

“Our staff and team just took a step forward with Claire coming aboard,” Schrader said. “She understands great team dynamics, leadership and performance. I know she has an appreciation of what being part of the University of Denver and our swimming and diving team is all about. She comes so very prepared to help our athletes be better in every area. Her work outside of the swimming pool is going to bring another facet of helping students with personal development, as well as her work as a coach and as a director of nutrition at an SEC school. It only helps our team with being better on a daily basis. I feel so very fortunate to have someone that is passionate about our program, our place and our people be a part of our staff.”

McDaniel most recently served as the Assistant Athletic Director of Sport Nutrition at the University of Missouri. In her previous swimming coaching stints, McDaniel has been an assistant at the University of North Carolina Asheville and had a six-month stint at the University of Denver with former associate head coach Alicia Franklin out on maternity leave.

“I am very excited to return to Denver and to return to collegiate coaching,” McDaniel said. “Brian has built such a solid program at DU and I am grateful for the opportunity to coach with Brian and the entire staff. Denver swimming and diving has great tradition, most notably of strong academic and athletic successes, and I look forward to building upon that legacy for many years to come.”

McDaniel has also coached club swimming for Morgan Hill (California), Asheville Masters (North Carolina) and the Athens Bulldog Swim Club (Georgia). Internationally, McDaniel spent two years coaching Swim Regio Solothurn in Switzerland from 2014-16.

In her individual swimming career, McDaniel was a co-captain for Team USA in their gold medal run at the World University Games in 2007. McDaniel led the Georgia Bulldogs as a co-captain as well, helping the program to the 2005 National Championship and a 2006 SEC title. In her college career, she was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2007 and earned the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. In 2006, McDaniel was a part of the NCAA title-winning 800 free relay a year before she claimed the SEC title in the 500 free. McDaniel earned five All-America honors in her collegiate career.

Outside of the pool, McDaniel was a four-time Scholar All-American and has certifications of Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and earned the Certificate in Leadership Advancement from the Terry College of Business at Georgia.

“Claire is going to do a great job coaching a strong distance and middle distance crew here,” Schrader said. “It is her forte and it will be great to collaborate with her on so many things to help our program continue to be recognized nationally.”

— The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with University of Denver Athletics. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact Advertising@SwimmingWorld.com.

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Wahoo extends its Tour of Britain sponsorship as points jersey partner

The cycling computer manufacturer has increased its support for the race, which kicks off on Sunday September 2

Wahoo has increased its support for the Tour of Britain stage race, and will be its official points jersey partner for the 2018 event.

The brand which makes cycling computers, heart rate monitors and other connected fitness devices was previously the official ‘training and cycle computer partner’ for the eight day race.

In this role, it provided fans with rider data, so they could see just what it takes to complete alongside the likes of UCI WorldTour level riders.

Riders will now gain points for consistently high finishing positions for the honour of donning the ‘Wahoo Points Jersey’ – previous points jersey winners include Mark Cavendish (2006 and 2007), Geraint Thomas (2011) and Michal Kwiatkowski (2014). 

Last year, the competition was won by Alexander Kristoff (then riding for Team Katusha) ahead of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step). Rider names are yet to be announced, but organisers Sweetspot have confirmed Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) as a headline name from the sprinter’s camp. 

Other jersey sponsors for the 2018 edition are Skoda, whose name appears on the King of the Mountains jersey, Eisberg who sponsor the sprints jersey whilst title sponsor Ovo Energy appears on the garment worn by the overall leader.

Wahoo – who make devices like the Elemnt Bolt which featured in Cycling Weekly’s 2017 Editor’s Choice awards – also sponsors several WorldTour teams such as Team Sky and Katusha Alpecin, who will both send a roster to the race in September.

Commenting on the partnership CEO and Founder of Wahoo Fitness, Chip Hawkins, said: “As a company who understands the attention to detail required to win at the highest level, we’re proud to extend our support of professional road racing.

“Also acting as the race’s Official Training and Cycle Computer Partner we look forward to providing fans with an insight into rider data from partner teams through TV and digital coverage.”

SweetSpot CEO Heath Harvey added: “We are really excited to be working with Wahoo, whose innovation and commitment to performance have seen them quickly establish themselves as a key player within the cycling market. This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain Points Jersey competition promises to be a thrilling battle and one which we’re confident won’t disappoint.” 

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Six-foot father riding 211 miles on late daughter’s bike to raise money in her memory

The 46-year-old will ride from Bristol to Land’s End and began training three months ago

A six-foot tall father is riding from Bristol to Land’s End on his daughter’s ‘little pink bike’ to raise money for a brain tumour charity.

Peter Williams has called his challenge the ‘The Little Pink Bike‘ mission, as he sets off on his daughter’s Islabike, designed for a seven year old.

Its original owner, Ellie, lost her life when she was just 7-years-old, from a rare brain tumour in 2015.

Williams proudly states: “Ellie loved cycling and could ride a bicycle without stabilisers when she was just 3-years-old.”

Ellie on her bike. Image: Peter Williams

The 46-year-old intends to begin his journey on September 26, and has set a goal of raising £10,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity. At time of writing, he had already collected £7,801 via a JustGiving page.

Williams will travel through Bristol city centre, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall – his route is by no means flat and he intends to cover the distance in around a week.

The Cornwall based farther posted an updated three months ago to say that his preparations had begun, stating: “I started training today around Goldsithney, just a few miles to start getting my legs & lungs ready for the big ride on the Little pink Bike!”

Children at St Hilary School, in Penzance, have also been involved in the fundraising efforts, raising £2,763.06 via a three-mile charity ride and Zumba dance challenge.

On his fundraising page, Williams points out that £250 could fund one day of research, and that just 2 per cent of the UK’s overall spend on research into cancer goes specifically into learning more about treating brain tumours.

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Tony Martin heading to LottoNL-Jumbo for 2019

Martin will be the team’s last big hire for the coming season

 Four-time time trial world champion Tony Martin is due to leave Team Katusha-Alpecin at the end of the season to join Team LottoNL-Jumbo.

The Dutch WorldTour team has yet to formally announce its signing of the German rider, but is expected to do so soon with top brass making comments on his arrival.

General Manager Richard Plugge confirmed to Dutch website De Telegraph that Martin will be the team’s last big hire for the coming season.

Lennard Hofstede (from Team Sunweb) and Jonas Vingegaard (ColoQuick) will join the team also for 2019.

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“He rides like two cyclists,” LottoNL-Jumbo Sports Director Nico Verhoeven said of Martin, whose acclaimed engine has seen him win the world time trial in 2011, 2012, 2013 and the last time in Doha in 2016.

Martin has accumulated five Tour de France stage wins, including those where he blasted away solo to the finish line. In 2014, he rode 60 kilometres solo to win in Mulhouse.

The 33-year-old’s contract should run through 2020. He will be expected to strengthen the time trial team with Primož Roglič, fourth overall in the Tour de France this July, and Steven Kruijswijk, fifth overall.

The Dutch team also won three stages in the recent Tour, two with sprinter Dylan Groenewegen. As he did first with HTC-Highroad and Mark Cavendish, and then with Quick-Step, Martin should offer a powerful motor in the final sprint kilometres. He would also give weight to LottoNL-Jumbo’s classics team.

His career has so far included three years with Bob Stapleton’s Highroad team, five with team Etixx/Quick-Step and 2017 and 2018 in team Katusha.

In 2015, a broken collarbone forced Martin out of the Tour while in the leader’s yellow jersey. This year, he quit after stage eight due to a crash that fractured his vertebra. He has not raced since.

LottoNL-Jumbo would not confirm Martin’s arrival when contacted by Cycling Weekly.

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Mark Cavendish misses Arctic Race of Norway after organiser names him as star rider

Cavendish has pulled out of the race to continue recovery

Mark Cavendish will skip the Arctic Race of Norway as he continues to recover from a problem as-yet-unknown.

Last week, organiser ASO named Cavendish as a star rider in the four-day race, which starts on Thursday.

Since returning from the Tour de France, where he completed 11 stages before being eliminated for missing the time cut, Cavendish has raced the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, placing 12th, before withdrawing from the European Championships.

“Mark Cavendish will not be participating as he continues his recovery that saw him advised to miss out on the recent European Championships in Glasgow,” Team Dimension Data said overnight. “An update on Mark’s return to racing will be given in due course.”

Ahead of the race in Glasgow, Cavendish admitted it had been “challenging few months.” He referred to three early season crashes and the subsequent race to recover to be in form for the Tour de France in July.

“Given what’s been a challenging few months in terms of aiming to sufficiently recover from some unfortunate injuries in time to compete, I’ve been advised at this stage the best thing is for me to withdraw from [the European Championships].”

Cavendish crashed three times this spring leading to the Tour. The Abu Dhabi Tour incident left him with a concussion and whiplash. In Tirreno-Adriatico, he suffered facial cuts and sore ribs. And the Milan-San Remo crash resulted in another broken rib and an ankle injury.

He repeated in the Tour that his “back is against the wall” with the lead-up and like many sprinters, was forced out in the Alpine stages of the French race.

Without the Arctic Race of Norway, Cavendish’s schedule remains unknown, though it has been suggested that he will race the Deutschland Tour starting on August 23.

Bernhard Eisel will replace Cavendish in the race starting from Vadsø tomorrow. The Austrian is returning from successful brain surgery to relieve a haematoma after crashing in the Tirreno-Adriatico this March.

The roster for Norway also includes Connor Swift, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Kent Main and Mekseb Debesay.

Team Dimension Data will send a squad to the Tour of Britain, which kicks off on September 2 – and it’s unclear if Cavendish will be making a return to the eight day race.

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Serena Williams loses to Petra Kvitova at Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open

Serena Williams

Former world number one Serena Williams says she is at the start of a “long comeback” after losing 6-3 2-6 6-3 to Czech Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati.

The second-round loss comes on the back of her heaviest career defeat, a 6-1 6-0 loss to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the Silicon Valley Classic first round.

“I’m still at the very beginning,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

“I’m just going to continue to work hard, and hopefully I’ll start winning more matches.”

Following the thumping by Konta, the 36-year-old American, runner-up at this year’s Wimbledon, withdrew from last week’s Rogers Cup in Canada for “personal reasons”. She later clarified that she had been struggling with post-natal emotions.

The two-time Cincinnati champion, who only returned to the women’s tour earlier this year after giving birth, looked impressive in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open as she fired down eight aces en route to a 6-1 6-2 win over Australian world number 23 Daria Gavrilova.

And after losing the first set to two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, Williams showed similar form as she levelled the match. Both players broke serve at the start of the third set, before the eighth seed broke again at 4-2 and then held serve to progress to the third round.

“It was a pleasure to share the court with Serena, she’s such a champion,” said Kvitova. “We are both coming back – from injury, from motherhood – so it’s something really special to play her.”

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Tash Barnard – Athletic Mat (40 mins) – Level 2


Work on creating symmetry and balance in your body with this Mat workout by Tash Barnard. She works on improving the flexibility in her husband’s body, particularly his hamstrings. She focuses on keeping the control in every exercise so that he can maintain the integrity of the work throughout the class.

What You’ll Need: Mat, Baby Arc

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