Trail Running: From Novice to Master

"Trail Running: From Novice to Master"
by Kirsten Poulin, Stan Swartz, and Christina Flaxel
An authoritative book for trail runners of all levels. Whether interested in an unhurried fitness run, pushing through a mountain marathon, or tackling a challenging multi-day adventure race, this easy access and thorough reference is the perfect guide. It outlines in great detail the differences between trail and road running, including how to make the transition from roads to trails. Route planning, environmental considerations, difficulty and skill levels are covered. Equipment needs are explained in detail, including a thorough section on trail shoes and what shoe features work with specific types of trails. Training principles are addressed with workouts for both on and off the trail, as well as drills for jumping and falling, and techniques for running up and down hills.
An entire chapter is dedicated to recovery, including stretching, warm-up and cool down, sleep, re-hydration, and nutrition. A special section on first aid covers common problems encountered with trail running, major and minor illnesses, and environment and animal-related illnesses. Environmental factors are addressed with information on navigation techniques with and without equipment, determining weather by understanding cloud and wind patterns and terrain, how to avoid dangerous animals and what to do in the event of an encounter, and recognizing and avoiding poisonous plants.
The last chapter is an in-depth look at the world of ultra running, adventure and expedition racing, and crewing. It includes specific training techniques for running the 50k to 100 miller, race strategies including inside tips from some of the best trail racers and adventure racers. Special concerns of nutrition, training, and recovery are addressed for these sports. Also included are a handy resource guide and equipment lists for short, medium, and long runs.
"Trail Running: From Novice to Master" is the definitive reference and a must-have for all trail runners It is available through and in local bookstores.
273 pages, 7 x 8 ½, paperbound, $16.95, ISBN 0-89886-840-8. Rights: W.


Forward by Mark Burnett, Executive producer of Eco-Challenge

Forward by Mark Burnett,  Executive producer of Eco-Challenge     

For the last ten years I have been at the forefront of a fast-growing movement: getting back to nature. All of us are looking for deeper meaning to life, and I believe the only way we can find it is to be explorers. Our learning about who we are comes most clearly from challeng­ing ourselves in nature. Meaning in life is found in the great outdoors, not on a laptop, in the office, or on the telephone.

   As the producer and founder of Eco-Challenge and the popular CBS show Survivor; I have witnessed how powerful nature in the raw is and how it changes people's lives. My experi­ence as a trail runner, certified skydiver, and expedition racer has helped me understand the unique satisfaction gleaned from the great outdoors. This is why trail running is experienc­ing such rapid growth: It provides the joy of being in the outdoors while challenging the body. Trail running is the foundation of expedition racing in its purest form, but unlike expedition racing, it is accessible to almost everyone, from beginner to expert.
 This book is the result of the authors' twenty-eight combined years of trail-running experience through dense forests, thick jungles, arid deserts, and subzero glacial and high ­altitude mountain ranges, as well as the more typical mountain trails. Hundreds of articles and books were also researched, many trail runners from across the globe were interviewed. This is a very exciting and comprehensive book, combining information not available from any other single source. For the beginner, this book is a necessary tool to getting started. For the experienced athlete, it contains vital information that can provide a competitive edge. Even those looking toward adventure and expedition racing will find indispensable advice.
Mark Burnett
Executive producer of Eco-Challenge and Survivor