You want something different? Are you ready to try the path less traveled?

INTRODUCTION TO TRAIL & ULTRA RUNNING

6 Week Program

If you are ready to take your running off pavement, but need some help on how to get started this program is for you. Even those that are comfortable with trail running, and are interested in discovering new local trails will benefit. Introducing LEAP-Coaching Connecticut Trail Running Introduction Series. The 6 week program has been developed for trail runners of all levels, with each week covering a different topic and explores different trails in Southeastern Connecticut. We will cover trail running in general, and explain the differences between road running and trail running. We will cover training approach, trail safety, navigation, how to find trails, local trail running clubs/community, etc. Each session will consist of a 15 minute discussion led by either Coach LaBranche or a guest. We will meet at a local trail head Tuesday evenings starting June 25th at 6PM to 8PM.

Goodwin Trail Sign

Tuesday June 25th, 2019 6PM – 8PM
Where: Nehantic, Lyme Connecticut

Parking at end of Holmes Road (limited to <10 cars). Parking is within 200 meters after the road transitions from asphalt to dirt.

Distance: ~6 Miles

Description: Entirely on dirt / gravel fire road. Most of the run is part of the Goodwin Trail. Flats and some mildly long rolling hills. Mild technical. Run is an out & back.

Topics:

  1. Trail Safety: Hydration, Rocks, Branches, Animals, Bugs (ticks), Poison Ivy, etc
  2. Trail Etiquette: Music, Bathroom breaks, Trespassing
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Hatch Lot
Sunday July 2nd, 2019 6PM – 8PM
Where: Hatch Lot with Dean Easement, East Haddam, Connecticut

Parking: Hatch Lot Trailhead parking lot off of Mill Road (limited to 8 – 10 Cars)

Distance: 5.5 Miles

Description: Mostly single track, with some old fire road (<0.5mile) and dirt road (<1 mile). Trail is mildly to moderate technical. A mix of flat terrain and rolling. Some steep ascents. Vista view

Topics:

  1. Trail Navigation: How to find your way around trails
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Beckett Hill State Preserve

Sunday July 9th, 2019 6PM – 8PM
Where: Beckett Hill State Preserve, Lyme Connecticut
Parking: First Parking Lot on Kenny Road (entering from Northeast side of park)

Distance: 4.2 Miles
Description: Single track trail with fairly little flat. Challenging long rolling hills. Trail is Moderately Technical (lots of rocks & roots)

Topics:

  1. How to find trails and ultra races
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Hartman Preserve

Tuesday July 16, 2019 6PM – 8PM
Where: Hartman Preserves, Lyme Connecticut

Parking on Gungy Road at Park Entrance (limited to ~ 10 cars)

Distance: 4.3 Miles

Description: Single track with flat and rolling sections. Trail is mildly to moderate technical (short ascent section is boulder hoping, hands on rock).

Topics:

  1. Differences between Trail and Road Running: Cadence, Terrain, Elevation
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Jewett Preserve
**CANCELLED**

July 23rd, 2019 6PM – 8PM
Where: Jewett Preserve, Pleasant Valley Preserve, Lyme Connecticut

Parking: Jewett Preserve Entrance (E) MacIntosh Road, off of Route 156 (limited to 5 – 6 cars, encourage carpooling)

Distance: 5.1 Miles

Description: Single track trail with fairly little flat. Rolling hills. Trail is Moderate to High Technical (lots of rocks, roots, and a stream crossing)

Topics:

  1. Overview of Trail Runner Specific Strength Training
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Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve

Sunday July 30th, 2019 6PM – 8PM
Where: Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve, Niantic Connecticut

Parking: Plenty.

Distance: ~5.5 Miles

Description: Mostly single track, with some old fire road (<1 mile). Trail is moderately technical, with brief periods of extreme technical (boulder hoping). A mix of flat and rolling terrain. Long climb back from the river (view).

Topics:

  1. What trail and ultra clubs and social group exist in the region
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Trails are full of invisible troublesome minions. They are out to take advantage of anybody not paying attention. They will strike without warning and grab hold of your leg, causing you to fall. This may happen at the most inopportune time, resulting in some serious injuries. Some minions have simply placed objects along the trails (rocks, roots, branches, dog poop) with the sole purpose of trying to sprain your ankle. They want to make your trek on their trails as miserable as possible. They find great joy in watching runners fall, twist ankles, fend off horse flies, get poison ivy, etc. Please understand these trails you will be running/hiking on are public lands. Running / Hiking is not without its risks. LEAP-Coaching, LLC is simply showing you where you can find new trails to run, with some guidance to help you enjoy trails more. LEAP-Coaching, LLC and its representatives, assume no responsibility for what may happen to you on the trails, nor what may ail you after. Should you require medical attention, we will assist to the best of our ability, but don’t count on us delivering you the quality care you can find in an ambulance or a doctor’s office. Should that level of care be required, you should seek it. To summarize, your participation is entirely voluntary, You assume all risk. LEAP-Coaching, LLC and its representatives are not responsible for what may happen on the trail.