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Overdue report from a Salomon trail running session

Overdue report from a Salomon trail running session

Other trail running sessions are available, I assume. This one was 7k, free, popped up on my Facebook feed, and was close enough for me to drive to whilst, at the same time, being far enough away that it took place in countryside that I am not familiar with.

Start time was 9am, and we were asked to turn up 15 minutes early. Mostly, I suspect, so that people who had asked to trial Salomon trail shoes could get fitted up, but also so those who wished to do so could warm up a bit pre-run. I had gone hoping to try running with one of their hydration back packs, but they had only been sent teeny tiny sizes that... well... I am a D/DD cup, they werenโ€™t going to work for me.

Our leaders were a coupe of guys called Mark and Sam. I made sure to introduce myself to Mark as he was going to be tail runner and I was the oldest, and likely to be the slowest, runner there.

Myself and another runner called Mike were indeed quite a bit older than everyone else - I think there were about 20 of us altogether - and he was recovering from a broken ankle as I found out when he came over to introduce himself to Mark as well ๐Ÿ˜€

Mike and I did our bit by spending the first kilometre at the front of the pack at which point we had the first stop for โ€˜coachingโ€™ from Sam. There werenโ€™t many of us who hadnโ€™t done some kind of trail running, but I think the talk would have been the same anyway. This session wasnโ€™t about pace, trail running isnโ€™t about speed, itโ€™s about enjoying ourselves, and the scenery. Sam also outlined the next chunk of the route at this point and then we set off up a gentle incline. My own personal nemeses - long, gentle inclines, especially after an actual stop always seem to drain the energy right out of me! I settled in at the back and carried on my conversation with Mike and Mark.

Top of the hill and Sam asked for 3 victims - sorry, volunteers - to show us how they ran down hill, then proceeded to tell us how it ought to be done - weight a bit forward instead of back and toe first with a bit of a bounce if necessary to keep us on firmer ground, and scuffing the ground a little to brake if we felt in danger of our speed getting out of control. He also told us to trust ourselves to look farther ahead than we thought we could, and not to run looking at the ground the whole time. Apart from anything else looking at the ground means weโ€™re missing the countryside - cue a deer leaping across the path close beside us ๐ŸฆŒ

The path wasnโ€™t too technical, a few tree roots, some slightly slippery chalk, some soft mud in the middle of the path so we had to think where we wanted to put our own feet and not blindly follow the person ahead. That said, as the route down got a bit steeper Mark did run ahead of me as I was finding it hard to remember to do 2 new things at once - canicrossers mainly tend to run heel first even down hill to counteract the forward momentum of our canine running buddies.

The run continued with stops every so often to check we were all doing okay and for more pearls of wisdom from Sam and Mark - also one memorable occasion when it took 2 other people to help me with the lace on one of my new trainers as when I attempted to untangle it I got blood rush when I tried to stand back up (oh the joys of slightly low blood pressure!) I spent most of the time toward the back and actually got to meet quite a few people back there who were happy to chat to me while they took breathers at one stage or another.

All in all it was well worth the trip over there, the run leaders were great guys and were runners first foremost (rather than being Salomon salesmen) and the rest of the group were fun and friendly.

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What a great event. I never knew that kit manufacturers organised these sort runs and what a great opportunity to try out new shoes. Small bits of my running area are on trail and I'd love to do more.

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I didnโ€™t either. Iโ€™m not actually someone whoโ€™d be happy to put on different shoes and straightaway go out and run 7k, but if enough people are, then itโ€™s obviously a pretty good marketing tool.

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Sounds like really good fun - and you got some helpful tips aswell. Brilliant!

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So much fun! And the tips really were very helpful.

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This is brilliant! I have a dread of running downhill, even on tarmac :D and I loathe trail runs, but your descriptions makes me wonder if I shouldn't look out for something like that as it sounds very friendly and accessible.

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It was so friendly and accessible. I was nervous before I went, but I neednโ€™t have been.

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Well done! That sounds like fun! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘ When there are tree roots I keep my eyes down but then you have to be aware of low branches ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Murph. Such things are a happening at run forest. I read recently it was on-cloud that were on test. I think they run from the shop.

Trail running is brill! Where you live is all trails innit ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tree branches and entire holly bushes! I swear holly bushes lay in wait and jump out at runners.

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Trails? Running on Tissington and High Peak is like running on a motorway :D

Looking forward to Run Forest. Their cake looks luscious. And I've heard they have running kit as well.

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Is that because they used to be trails and theyโ€™ve been paved?

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Too much traffic ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I've walked tissington a few times

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Gotcha ๐Ÿ‘

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Sounds great! Useful information and tips plus the guys sounded friendly ๐Ÿ˜Š I agree, it is quite different running downhill with the dog, you do need to lean back a bit. I tend to bring Squiggs close because he understands 'steady' at heel but when out front he tends to pull and I worry about tripping or slipping! Glad you had a good day ๐Ÿ˜€

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Yes, lean back or bend your knees a bit more on a downhill with the dogs. Our group prefer the bending your knees to drop your centre of gravity. Clever Squiggs for knowing steady ๐Ÿถ

The guys were so friendly, and if theyโ€™d been chatting to one of us on a section they talked about the questions those people had raised during the next stop. It never came across like they were trying to work to a script.

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I will try bending my knees, thanks for the advice๐Ÿ‘

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