Training Tips


Trail events are great fun but they are a challenge, that’s what makes their completion such an achievement.

The variety of terrain and altitude mean that a reasonable level of fitness is required. If you are participating in the 5 mile Dream Trail Race you need to consider what level of fitness you currently have and then create a training programme that gradually gets you to where you need to be. If you aren’t already a runner then we strongly advise you to check with your doctor before launching into a training schedule.

As a guide, we would recommend that you should be able to run a mile in under 15 minutes to be able to complete and enjoy the event. Daunting as this may seem today, you have plenty of time to get there so don’t be afraid to enter and look forward to getting fitter over the next few months.

You’ll need to combine training sessions in the gym or street with a few hills sessions to acclimatise your body. To start off with, just try walking some of the hills around Dream or in your local area and see how fit you are. Gradually build this to a jog and eventually a run. You only need to do this once a week to soon notice an improvement. Your legs may get stiff at first but after a few weeks you will sail up and down without too many problems.

Many people find that training with others is easier. New members are always welcome at St Helens Sutton Athletic Club and we have training groups to suit all ages and abilities. Why not come down on a Tuesday or Thursday at 6.15pm to Sutton Leisure Centre and get some advice from one of our qualified and friendly coaches?

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