In recent years runners have discovered the mountains. Trail running is the in sport of the moment. But why? Five essential facts about the Silvretta Run.
1What is trail running anyway?
Strictly speaking, anyone who runs anywhere other than on a pavement or another paved surface is already a trail runner. It is usually used to refer to running on paths featuring a certain amount of up and down. Extreme sportspeople cover up to hundred kilometres nowadays. But hobby sports enthusiasts have also discovered the fun of running on surfaces other than pavements and treadmills.
2What makes trail running so special?
Nature and a much greater freedom in running. If you run on paths, but sometimes also just take a short cut through the woods and then come up above the tree line at some point, you will know you have to pay attention to what’s going on down on the ground. You have to avoid branches and roots, land on a cushion of moss at some point or tread on a rock. This variety is what makes it so appealing.
3How does your body cope with it?
Trail running is good training not only for stamina, but also for coordination and speed of reaction. The body learns to adapt to the changes in the ground surface. It takes time and regular training to do so, however. Sports doctors advise beginners to start slowly. As soon as you can no longer breathe easily through your nose, you’re going too quickly. Balance exercises also help you to stay upright in rough terrain – and not twist your ankle straight way.
4Why do people run in the Alps as well?
Martin Mattle, one of the best alpine runners in the country, explains it like this: “After hiking, mountain biking, skiing and alpine running, I discovered trail running. I grew up in the mountains and am very keen on sport. So it fits well together.” Martin comes from Mathon, so it’s the most natural thing in the world for him just to run through the woods and up to the mountain peaks. For most other people, the appeal lies in the particular effort needed to beat the altitude as well as running. And of course, in the wonderful views up there.
5Where’s the best place to experience it?
Hundreds of amateur runners, and professionals, too, will experience just how impressive it is once again this weekend in the Silvretta Run 3000. This supreme discipline goes over 42 kilometres over the Kronenjoch, which lies at almost 3 000 metres above sea level.
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