Introduction to Trail & Ultra Runningcoachlabranche2021-07-05T08:05:44-04:00
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. We return for our third annual summer 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 29th at 6PM to 8PM.
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. Strava with downloadable .gpx available here
Trail Navigation: How to find your way around trails
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). Optional quick dip in the river. Strava and downloadable .gpx is available here.
What trail and ultra clubs and social group exist in the region
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.