The Ultimate Beginner's Guide

Five expert articles to get you in top shape for your first race

Beginner

Trial by Fire on the Trails of Okinawa

Initiating first-time trail runners

Training

Ask the Coach: Sweet Togetherness?

Although I’ve been an outdoor person in the past, I’ve become somewhat of a couch potato. Recently I picked up Trail Runner magazine and thought, “Why not?” But how can I convince my husband this would be a great thing to do together?
—Lois Hancock, Lancaster, MA

Training

Ask the Coach: "Walk" a Four Letter Word?

I am new to trail running and currently run three miles on roads to nearby trails then three miles on trails and back. I want to train for at least a 30K, and wonder if walking is allowed.
—Troy Brandes, Warrensburg, MO

Training

If the Shoe Fits

The anatomy of a trail shoe and how to select the best fit

Gearing Up

Ask the Coach: Training by Heart Rate

A better way to measure your heart-rate training zones

Ask the Coach
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