1) Get hydrated – This applies especially if you’re taking on the half marathon distance. Trail running takes up a lot of energy and you’ll need to keep well-hydrated in the couple of days before the race. Thanks to Radnor Hills, it’ll be easy for our runners to stay hydrated on race day.
2) Mentally prepare – Half the battle of distance running is in the mind. Trail running in the beautiful Welsh countryside will be a great experience, but there’s likely to be tougher times.
3) Physically prepare – The other half of the battle is being in physically good condition. You’ve trained hard and stayed clear of injury, so now is the time to put it all into practice.
4) Have your gear ready – The key to being comfortable on the trails is having already trained in everything you’re going to wear on the day, especially your trail trainers.
5) Pace yourself – With big events, it’s simple to fall into the trap of starting too quickly or slowly. Stubbornly keep to your own pace that you’ve become used to, and the rest will fall into the place.
6) Keep an eye on the floor – Don’t run with your head down but be mindful of the trails. These are woodland tracks with natural bumps and hills, so be careful to stay clear of any slip ups.
7) Take in the backdrop – With that said, it would be a shame to be so mindful of what’s below you. Admire the Builth Wells backdrop, Royal Welsh Showground and all the area will have to offer.
8) Don’t get disheartened – If you’re a natural road runner, it’s likely your time will be a little slower on the trails. That’s only natural, but it’s important to not get disheartened and let your performance slip.
9) Don’t over-exert yourself – The thrills of trail running are the hills and the challenge they present. However, don’t use all your effort on one hill. Maintain your effort level even if it means sacrificing pace.
10) Enjoy it – The challenge is a different one and we’re looking forward to welcoming an array of experienced and first-time trail runners to Builth Wells on May 19th.
Don’t forget, you can still sign up for the Royal Welsh Trail next weekend. Entries close at 5pm on Friday, so if you’re looking for a unique challenge, sign up before it’s too late.