Consider the type of training you are planning
If you are looking to run fast, with for example a tempo run, it is unlikely you can get your best results by running in the woods. You need to be somewhere flat, firm and uninterrupted by trees! The problem with this sort of run is that it won’t be the most exciting place to train. In fact a canal path that goes on for miles is about the best you can get! Who said running was interesting!
Practice in the conditions you plan racing on
You really need to condition the legs to learn how to deal with the lack of ‘bounce’ you get back when you’re running. The only way to do this is to practice in those conditions, because the closer you can get your training to where you will be racing, the greater the chance of success.
You really need to condition the legs to learn how to deal with the lack of ‘bounce’ you get back when you’re running.
Training in winter
Hill training is a coach’s favourite in the winter, as it is a great strength session and can be done on a variety of surfaces. Road or grass hills will get you strong for either cross country or some road races. Like I said, you have to keep your training relevant to where you’ll be racing. Remember to stay safe when running by wearing suitable footwear for the conditions underfoot, especially when it’s muddy and icy.