15 Aug '17, 5pm

How (and Why) to Warm Up Before a Trail Race

How (and Why) to Warm Up Before a Trail Race

For trail races over 10K, there is no need to do a strenuous warm up like track runners. Metabolic priming only requires a short jog—think purely aerobic, zone-one heart rate, with light, quick steps for some extra neuromuscular priming. When I first started running, I worried that this type of jogging would increase fatigue prior to the race start, but if you keep it easy enough, it could actually increase time to exhaustion in some athletes by improving aerobic efficiency. I recommend athletes do the warm-up jog in long pants to increase the warming effect. A final few sips of sports drink after the jog can top off hydration before the race starts.

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