Building core strength on fall trails |

Building core strength on fall trails

Many of you are still out there finding races to participate in and be a part of, but for me the fall is about letting my body heal and recover from a hard summer of running. Right now Iand#8217;m taking a break. My body told me to lay off and rejuvenate. It happens every year about this time. I hate it because I miss out on some great races around the area.

Just a couple of weeks ago the Lake of the Sky Trail Runs were held in Tahoe City, and just last weekend my all-time favorite short race, the Emerald Bay Trail Run (only 7-ish miles), happened on Sunday. But and#8230; healing trumps playing. So, what do I do? I work around the house and#8212; well, for about a week until I go nuts. I do everything in moderation, except my therapeutic time on the trails.

Seriously, I start thinking more and hopefully following through, about core strength. Trail running is so dependent on your core. It is really impossible to run smart and have a good time running if your form is bad and youand#8217;re running out of gas just because of poor posture. Not that you shouldnand#8217;t incorporate core strength into your regular regimen.

There are probably 101 different core strength exercises. I say learn most of them because if youand#8217;re like me, youand#8217;ll get bored with the routine quickly, so youand#8217;ll need to mix it up. What I do recommend is about three days a week with focused training on your core; and since I havenand#8217;t mentioned it, when I say core, that means your stomach and back.

Twenty to 30 minutes should give you a good workout. If you donand#8217;t want to do it to improve your running, just think what it will do for your skiing, whether it is Nordic or downhill. I suppose it will help snowboarding too.

Now that youand#8217;ve adjusted your training, itand#8217;s time to squeeze in as many high-elevation trail runs as possible before the snow starts. Anyone interested in Five Lakes to Rubicon on the PCT? Itand#8217;s always fun this time of year.

and#8212; Peter Fain is a local trail runner who competes regularly in regional trail races and snowshoe runs in the winter. He may be contacted at

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