Beginner's Guides

The Best Trail Running Shoes

The best trail running shoes of 2021, and expert guidance to ensure you choose comfortable, high-performing shoes for your trail running adventures.

Hiking For Beginners: 10 Essential Hiking Tips and Hiking Gear Checklist

The hiking for beginners guide, including the 10 essential tips to know before you start hiking, what to wear and bring, including a FULL GEAR CHECKLIST.

Trail Marathon / 50K Training Plan + ULTRA RACE GUIDE

The ULTIMATE FREE trail marathon & 50K training plan + race guide. Learn how to 1) Create a training schedule 2) What to eat 3) Recovery 4) Secret race tactics!

How To Find Hiking & Running Trails Near Me? The 5 Best Trail Finder Apps in 2021

If you are wondering 'how to find trails near me for hiking and running', here are the 5 Best Trail Finder Apps in 2021 that do just that.

5 Best Trail Marathon Shoes For Training & Marathon Races [Buyer’s Guide]

These are the best trail marathon shoes we've tried this year! Find your new pair of trail running shoes for marathon training and racing today. [START HERE]

5 Best Women’s Hydration Vests [Running Packs For Trail Running, Ultra Marathons & Hiking]

The best women's hydration packs for trail running, ultras & hiking! Find the best women's hydration vest for you based on comfort, features, style, and cost!

Runners Emergency Kit: Ultra Marathon Survival Gear

What essential trail and ultra marathon running clothes, first aid and survival gear should you include in your runners emergency kit, and why do you need it?

Everything You Need To Know About Running Gear For Women [Trail Shoes, Jackets, Bras + More]

Whether you're a beginner trail runner or looking for new women's-specific gear, our women's trail running gear guide cover all, from shoes to sports bras.

Foot Care for Trail Runners: 8 Ways To Look After Your Feet

Is running bad for your feet? Not if you look after them. Our guide to foot care for runners shares 8 easy ways to care for your feet and keep them healthy.

Why You Fall Over Trail Running… and How to Avoid Tripping

Here are the common reasons why you may fall over trail running (or fall over when running in general) and how to reduce your chances of tripping.

Speed Training for Runners: The Benefits and How-to Guide

Welcome to our detailed yet easy to follow speed training for runners 'how-to' guide. This article will prepare and guide you through your first Interval Training session. Enjoy!

5 Ways to Improve Running Form and Prevent Running Overuse Injuries

How to improve running form and reduce running overuse injuries, including ITB pain, low back pain, shin splints and blisters cause by poor technique and gait.

4 Ways To Run With Someone Slower Than You (Or Faster Than You)

How do you run with someone slower or faster than you and both still get a workout? Here's 4 ways to run with a friend or partner when you have different paces.

What is Snowshoeing and 5 Simple Tips To Learn to Snowshoe for Beginners

This ultimate guide to snowshoeing for beginners teaches you how to snowshoe, how to choose snowshoes (+ other snowshoe gear), and how to find snowshoe trails.

Trail Running for Beginners: The Definitive Guide To Off Road Running

The definitive guide to trail running for beginners: all you need to know to go run a trail, including how to start trail running, tips and how to trail run.

Is Trail Running Harder Than Road Running? Is It Better For You?

Is trail running harder than road running? Is trail running better for you than road running? In this post we explain the pros and cons.

Guide to Stargazing for Beginners (without a Telescope): A Great Micro-Adventure

This Stargazing Guide for beginners is the perfect family micro-adventure. Learn when, where and how to stargaze, plus the essential gear!

The Ultimate Guide to Running at Night: Getting Started, Benefits, Staying Safe

The risks of running at night in the dark can be mitigated by having the right gear and exercising good judgement to help you stay safe.

Is Trail Running Dangerous? How To Stay Safe on the Trails

Animal encounters, ticks and getting lost may be concerns for some trail runners. Find out how to reduce the risks for these and other dangers.

The Ultimate Trail Running Gear Guide: What To Wear Trail Running

The Ultimate Trail Running Gear Guide to make your trail adventures as fun, comfortable and high performance as possible! We've got you!

Will Trail Running Help Road Running? Plus A 3-Step Starting Guide!

Discover the benefits of trail running to improve your road running. Also learn how to start trail running including where to run, and what to wear!

The 10 Best Road Running Shoes [Buyer’s Guide]

Welcome to our 'Best road Running Shoes Buyer's Guide' - Shoes have been tested and reviewed by our in-house running experts. [This list is updated regularly]

Best Trail Running Shoes Women’s Edition: The Top 5 Women’s Trail Shoes in 2021

Welcome to our best trail running shoes women's edition, featuring reviews of the best women's trail running shoes in 2021 for trail and ultrarunning.

How To Clean Trail Running Shoes – 5 Easy Steps

5 quick and simple steps to clean trail running shoes after a wet and/or muddy run. It's easy to clean your shoes and does not require soap.

The Benefits of a Plant Based Diet For Athletes

Demystifying the misconception that athletes can't be top performers while following a plant based diet & lifestyle because they CAN. Find out how...

A-Z Running Terminology: Glossary of Trail Running Terms And Definitions

The definitive A-Z of popular trail running terms - learn popular running terms and definitions, such as ultrarunning, fartlek, MUT, FKT and more...

Plant Based Diet Plan For Runners: Try Eating Plant-Based For One Day

The whole food, plant-based diet is perfect for many runners and endurance athletes. Here's a one-day meal plan if you're interested to try eating plant based.

The Freedom of Barefoot Running: How-To Guide

What is Barefoot Running? If you’ve heard about barefoot running or the use of zero drop running shoes before, then you’ve probably also learned that...

Mental Tricks To Keep You Running Strong

With our own experience gained over the last 5 years, we have learned that half the battle of finishing any race is the mental challenge. This made us curious about how we can be improving our mental game to allow us to push through those low points during a race.

How to Stop IT Band Pain while Running: Exercises That Actually Work

How to Stop IT Band Pain while Running: Exercises That Actually Work! If you get pain on the outside of your knee from running then read on for a solution!

6 Ways Running Improves Mental Health

While you may already know about the many physical benefits running provides, did you know that running improves mental health too? It’s true! Running can do wonders for mental alertness, mood, and even your confidence. It’s never too late to become a runner.

Why I Take SaltStick Caps With Me On Every Long Run

When I discover a product that genuinely improves my running performance and joy for the sport, I feel compelled to recommend it to the Trail & Kale Community so that they too can enjoy the same benefits that I do. SaltStick Caps are one of those products.

How to Become a Morning Runner: 4 Tips for Early Morning Workouts

Maybe you’re one of those people who loves to get up early in the morning and exercise. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who want to become a morning runner have great difficulty making the routine stick. You’ve been there: You work out early for a few days, and you love the way you feel...

How To Stop a Dog Chasing You While Running

I've been bitten twice and chased countless times by dogs. Maybe they smell my cats on me but whatever the real reason, it's very annoying and often scary. By the end of this post, you will have learned the best process for how to stop a dog chasing you while running, and hopefully prevent a bite.

Tips to Enjoy Running in the Cold

Tips to Enjoy Running in the Cold Running in the cold weather can increase the risks of pain and injury. This is particularly the case...

Muscle Cramps From Running: How To Stop Running Cramps In Your Legs

How Can I Prevent Muscle Cramps While Running? Good question! Here are 4 Steps to help eliminate cramping

Why Does My Nose Run, When I Run?

Why does my nose run, when I run? Good question! Here's the answer and 5 tips to help you deal with your runny nose whilst you run.

It’s OK to Chill Out

We love to see pictures and hear stories of people out enjoying nature, being active and taking on big challenges and inspiring others. What is life if you're not inspired? However, sometimes, the pressure or need to be active can be a bit overwhelming.

Trail Running With Poles: Benefits, Disadvantages And Advice

A summary of the pros and cons of trail running with poles and some advice on how and when to use them to best effect during training and races.

The Best Real Food for Trail Running

Recommended best real food for trail running from experienced ultrarunners, including tips from Dean Karnazes, the Ultramarathon Man himself.

Declutter Your Life: Trail Runner Lifestyle

Living a modern everyday lifestyle, but doing so with meaning, not becoming overwhelmed and distracted by owning and being responsible for a load of stuff.

Running Your First Trail Race: 10 Tips For A Great Race

Trail running is different to road running in many ways. In this post we share the key things you need to know before running your first trail race.

Shoes For Trail Running: What Shoes Are Best For Different Types Of Trail?

How do you choose the best shoes for trail running? These are the main types of trail you'll encounter and which shoes work best on the different terrain.

Treat Running Blisters: A How-To Guide

Here's how I treat running blisters when I am unfortunate enough to get one during a run. How to treat running blisters during a run Firstly,...

What To Pack For Trail Running [The Essential Guide]

How do you know what to pack for trail running? Read our guide covering the essentials and optional extras to carry on a trail run.

How To Treat Running Blisters [and Stop Getting Blisters from Running]

How to stop getting blisters from running (especially trail running as well as hiking) and how I choose to treat running blisters.

Blisters on the ball of my foot: caused by gait, not shoes

I used to suffer from awful blisters because of how I ran. This is how I overcame them and went on to run marathons and ultra-distances with not a blister in sight.

Wearing calf guards can help with shin splints

Here's why I often wear calf guards for running on paved surfaces: because I found that wearing calf guards can help with shin splints, both preventing them and reducing pain when you have them.
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