The right trail running technique
Our Karwendelmarsch Trail Running Camps focus on running in open terrain. In addition to the right equipment, concentration, endurance and sure-footedness are especially important. The courses are designed to assist you in developing the correct techniques to help you save energy and to increase your confidence for running safely over variable terrain. These are essential skills if you’re going to tackle 52 kilometres.
We have rounded up the most important exercise tips from our trail running guide Meex:
- Forefoot running downhill: From a standing position, bend forward at an edge and start running just before you fall over. Your foot will automatically touch down on the forefoot.
- Wide strides: Run downhill at high speed on a narrow trail and use wide, lateral strides to control speed and remain stable in motion.
Jumps: If you get too fast running downhill, you can take the speed out with jumps. It is important to choose a large stone or a firm terrain edge on which you can step safely and stably. Furthermore, foot-to-eye coordination is important to identify jumping and landing points.
- Poles: The correct use of poles relieves your legs. Use the alternating or double pole plant technique that matches the type of terrain and your speed. However, the use of poles must be practised. When walking uphill, their length should be about 70% of the body height. Downhill, the poles should be about five to ten centimetres longer.
- Arm swing: If you are running uphill without poles, you need to have an effective arm swing. The so-called runner’s triangle serves as a guide for your arm position. Swing your arms vigorously back and forth and take the momentum up with you.
- Runner’s triangle: On the backswing of your arm there should be a triangle visible between the torso and upper and lower arms.
Equipment tip: Salewa and Dynafit are not only strong partners in the region but also specialists when it comes to the right equipment for running. One thing is certain: The better the equipment fits your individual running style, the more fun it is to run in the mountains around Lake Achensee!