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How To Run Faster, Build Endurance, Fuel On The Go, and Recover More Quickly

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If you’re wondering how to run faster, increase your stamina, and recover faster after running, you’ve come to the right place because I’m going to share 21 key ways in which I have been able to get faster at running, increase stamina/endurance, and improve overall recovery times.


For years I have been dialing in routines and testing a multitude of running gear, all so that I can become a faster trail runner with better endurance, and then maintain it through proper endurance training, exercises, and injury prevention.

It’s so often the case that the best cure is actually prevention, and although many unfortunate issues you may experience while trail running can be prevented with the proper training, diet, experience, and gear, some cannot.

In this post, I’m also going to share my routine for maintaining fitness, strength and a mostly injury-free running lifestyle.

In the case of needing a solution (rather than prevention) to problems that may occur while running on the trails, whether it’s a fast 10k race, or an ultramarathon in the mountains, I have discovered nutrition that will bring you out of the pain cave right when you need them to, and also foods that will stop you getting to that point.

I’m also going to recommend some of the high-performance running gear, nutrition, and recovery tools that completely changed the game for me. If you’re just getting started with trail running and would like more beginner advice then read our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Trail Running post too.

Table of Contents

1. Follow a Running Training Plan

Having structure in your training, like following a running training plan is absolutely priceless if you want to get faster at running, increase your stamina, and recover faster, all while reducing the chances of picking up an over-training injury.

Not only will you have a sense of direction in your training when following a running training plan, but you’ll also have accountability.

I’ve been in the game of racing for a long time now, and not too long ago I wrote a 50k Training plan for ultra marathon runners, which also doubles up as a marathon training plan, and also shorter races too because it’s totally adaptable.

This running training plan is a total goldmine of information for any runners wanting to know how to run faster in training and races.

This completely FREE training plan works so well because I created it in a way that makes it a totally adaptable plan for any distance race that you may be looking to take on next.

It will also teach you how to run faster, train smarter, build your endurance/stamina, train consistently without picking up injuries, how to stretch, share some running exercises, and how to employ a recovery routine that works for you.

If you need any help on adapting it to your race distance, or any questions on how to run faster if you have a unique situation, please just shoot me a question in the comments on that training plan and I’ll get back to you with your custom answer.

Cross Training, Muscle Stimulation, and Balance Training

2. Cross-Training and Running Exercises for Strengthening and Injury Proofing

Cross-training is commonly overlooked by runners.

I know, I know…running is super fun and it’s easy to convince yourself that you don’t need to do other sports other than running.

But the fact is, if you want to know how to run faster, then you need to stop running every so often and put some of your time towards strength work in the gym, cycling, hiking, swimming and even ski touring if that’s your jam.

Many of the top mountain running athletes will switch to skis during the winter months and hardly run at all because they know that a balanced training system is how to run faster.

They do this to give their legs a rest from the impact of running but the cross-training still helps them become a better trail runner and it takes advantage of the winter climate when it’s harder to find trails to run on that are snow or ice-free.

Ski touring is an exceptionally good workout, especially when there’s an uphill gradient.

You’ll be working similar muscle groups to that of running but without the impact of your legs hitting the ground.

Unfortunately, I don’t have local access to snowy slopes at the moment but If I did, ski touring would be in my winter regimen.

Consider adding some body-weight strength/endurance exercises to your weekly routine. Body-weight running exercises can be done from the comfort of your own home, and won’t take up too much of your time.

Doing exercises like split jump lunges, squats, bridges, planks, and sit-ups will increase stamina in your leg and core muscles, ready for anything the trails throw your way.

You can add intensity to these running exercises by holding some small dumbbells while you do them.

Below is a workout video I created that includes my 5 favorite bodyweight running exercises (no gym equipment needed) that I like to do on days that I don’t run.

3. Build muscle with a zero-impact Electronic Muscle Stimulator

I have been using a Compex muscle stimulator for years to help build leg muscle. It is such a great additional method of gaining strength while giving your legs a break from the impact of actually running.

On a day when I’m not running, I can still build muscle in my quads and calves all while watching my favorite tv show! It’s a huge time saver and also a practical way to supercharge and fast-track your training.

I first used this technique when training for my first Matterhorn Ultraks race, which incidentally went really well for me.

Using a Compex in this way was a highly effective way for me to build strength into my muscles (I wasn’t living near any big hills at that time) that I knew would be needed for climbing nearly 4000m of elevation gain in Switzerland for Matterhorn Ultraks.

I also use the TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) function of my Compex on my Achilles heel when I feel like it may be flaring up, usually after a high-intensity road run. TENS calms it down, reduces the pain and helps it heal faster.

One of their muscle stim devices, the Compex Mini Wireless Muscle Stimulator with TENS is so small that it can very easily be taken with you on the go.

Very handy if you want to give yourself a recovery massage straight after a race (more on that in the Recovery section below). The Compex Mini has 6 programs to help athletes become stronger trail runners.

The programs are ‘Prewarm Up’, ‘Endurance’, ‘Resistance’, ‘Training Recovery/Active Recovery’, ‘Muscle Relaxation’, and ‘Pain Management’. To learn about the more powerful wired version read our Compex Sport Elite 3.0 Muscle Stimulator Review.

LEARN MORE: Compex TENS VS. NMES – What’s the difference?, and if you decide you would like to get one for yourself, use our code TRAILANDKALE10 for 10% off at compex.com.

4. Balance Training For Proprioception and Balance Reflex

I wrote an article about how to become a stronger runner using a balance trainer and in that post, I shared some exercises that can be done with a balance trainer like the Bosu Balance Trainer and how effective they are at helping you improve your technical running skills when the trails get super gnarly.

Balance is so important to trail runners, which is why it’s invaluable to train your muscle/mind connection in this way.

Balance training is fun, can be done in your own home and will improve your balance/coordination for flying over trails with reduced chances of accidental falls.

You can get Bosu Balance trainers and similar stability fitness equipment online at Amazon.

How to build increased running stamina by eating the right nutrition

Sports nutrition can be a very difficult thing to get right, especially for endurance runners such as marathon and ultra runners who run for hours (sometimes days) at a time, where nausea, gut bombs, and code browns can manifest at any moment.

If you’re having trouble finding a solution that works for you during your endurance workouts, then I feel your pain.

I have made my way through so many different running nutrition products because most just didn’t work for me, even though they seemingly work for others.

5. Try Eating Natural Foods First!

Don’t overlook natural foods when searching for excellent running nutrition, just because they’re not branded or marketed to runners, does not mean they don’t work just as well!

For example, I’ll always have a banana 1-hour before a race starts because it will fuel me nearly all the way to the first aid station (race dependant), where I can usually find some more banana slices.

Other natural foods that work for me while running, and are portable and stomachable are dried apricots, olive oil, and hazelnuts.

NOTE: Take care while eating nuts during a run, they can be dry and easy to choke on! Always make sure you have plenty of water with you during a run.

A product we love, which allows us to take real ‘single ingredient’ fruits on runs with us in a practical way, is a brand called SOLELY.

I can’t tell you how awesome their organic fruit jerky bars are – you’ll just have to try them for yourself.

They literally have one or two ingredients, which is the fruit listed on the pack, and the bars are in a solid, slim-line, stick-form which makes them very convenient to stash in your hydration pack, or pocket while running.

They’re not messy to eat either which is a bonus. Anyway, that’s my food product suggestion, if you want to eat pure single ingredient ‘real food’ while running, like we do.

Otherwise get yourself down to the fresh or dried fruit section of your local store.

6. Nutrition Powders

Nutrition Powders are awesome as their shelf life is longer, which means you can store it for longer at home, and being in powder form makes it easy to carry with you and ix with water while running.

I recently had a lot of success using Tailwind Nutrition as an all-in-one food solution while running.

Tailwind is a powder that you mix with water, and it will keep you going without the need for solid foods.

To anyone having stomach issues, this is the product I recommend. Having said that, I have also had some bad experiences using Tailwind.

So it’s not all roses and sunshine. On a couple of occasions I felt nauseous and as a result unable to take down more food/liquids but for me, this happened when I was operating at a high-intensity race pace for more than 3 hours.

I personally enjoy the taste of the unflavored one, but if you want to try some different flavors before buying in bulk, you can order a sample pack from them that has a variety of flavors.

An alternative to Tailwind Nutrition, which many swear by is Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem. Try either one of these if you haven’t before, they will likely be the running nutrition savior you’ve been searching for all this time.

So, whether you eat read single ingredient foods or nutrition powders like these, they are both essential to building your running endurance, because, without fuel, you quickly discover that your engine stops running.

7. CBD to reduce inflammation and pain, improving recovery times

When I was new to the wonders of CBD for endurance running I admit I was a little dubious of anything related to Marijuana before actually trying it, but this was just my ignorance and lack of knowledge about CBD (Cannabidiol).

For one, CBD can be derived from Hemp too (not just Marijuana), and has no addictive properties when there’s no THC in it!

I have since learned much more about CBD and experienced the benefits first-hand. Two of the most popular CBD brands which make THC-Free CBD products specifically targeted at endurance athletes are Level Select CBD and Venga CBD.

I’ve used both brands’ full range of products to help relieve pain, speed up recovery, improve on my sleep quality, fight inflammation, and reduce stress. Why wouldn’t you want to try products that help with all that, right?

Let me explain what CBD edible products like the ones from Venga CBD do, and why I use them. Venga also makes a Recovery Balm which isn’t nutrition which I’ll talk about it in the Recovery section below.

Aid Station CBD Gummies for intense speed workouts and endurance training.

I use Aid Station CBD Gummies during long endurance training runs, speed workouts, and tough mountain trail races like Matterhorn Ultraks and UTMB OCC.

Both very tough races that I was so thankful to have them with me for.

I wanted a solution for when I hit the wall and entered the pain cave, these CBD gummies helped me find my way out much faster than I normally would have.

They seem to be very fast-acting too which helps get you out of the pain cave ASAP!

Ultra Gels for daily life and training blocks

For my daily routine during a training cycle, I take one Venga CBD Ultra Gel capsule each morning.

This has been a really convenient way to get the general benefits from CBD when I need it most, during heavy training blocks when I’m working hard to become a stronger trail runner. Ultra Gels are formulated to:

  • help alleviate any pain during long training sessions & competitions.
  • speed up recovery to help me get back out there more regularly.
  • enhance sleep; the most important time for your body to heal and recharge.
  • fight inflammation to allow me to train more consistently.
  • reduce stress and anxiety which helps me stay focused, calm, and moving forward.

If you want to try any of these Venga CBD products for yourself then you can get them at vengaendurance.com with 20% OFF your order if you use our code TRAILKALE20.

8. Prevent or fix muscle cramping using salt tablets

I used to get leg cramping ALL THE TIME when I first started ultra running. My nutrition routine was out of whack and I sweat a lot while running at high intensity.

So, of course, I would always cramp up toward the last 30% of my races. It was always such a bummer to start out so well and then have to death-march my way to the finish line with people overtaking me.

Knowing how to deal with muscle cramping can teach you how to run faster over longer distances.

IF YOU SUFFER FROM MUSCLE CRAMPS WHILE RUNNING then have a read of this post: How Can I Prevent Muscle Cramps While Running? It will help you put a stop to the dreaded muscle cramping.

When I first discovered salt capsules I couldn’t believe how remarkably well they prevented my cramping.

If you suffer from muscle cramping while running then you probably know that feeling roughly 5 minutes before it hits. As soon as I get that feeling I will always take a salt capsule which prevents the cramping.

The capsules are also very fast-acting, so if you miss that 5-minute window and you’re suffering, no worries, just take one capsule and the cramping should pass within 5 or so minutes.

They’re also particularly good if you’re unable to take down powdered electrolyte drinks due to nausea because they have no taste and are swallowed with water.

Learning about these salt caps was a HUGE game changer for my trail racing and I always have a stash on me during every race. Read my full SaltStick Caps Review.

There is so much great trail running gear available right now but it takes trial and error to find exceptional products that exceed expectations.

At Trail & Kale HQ we focus on finding, testing and reviewing the best trail running gear we know of to share our views and recommendations with our readers to help you buy the right, high-quality gear rather than wasting your time and money on cheap stuff that doesn’t cut it.

This is a list of the products that I use right now because they offer tons of value towards making me a better runner.

They also make running much more enjoyable, either because they’re comfortable, practical or provide actionable insights into my training which in turn gives me endless amounts of motivation to get out there and run, day after day.

9. A GPS Watch with an on-wrist Heart Rate Monitor and actionable real-time data

I used to run with one of the first Suunto GPS watches that came with a chest strap HR (heart rate) monitor.

The extra training data that this setup gave me was insanely helpful in improving my trail running performance but I hated wearing the chest strap, it was uncomfortable and restricted my breathing.

Also, by the end of an ultra marathon would be slipping down because I had burned through so many calories in the hours spent running.

Good GPS watches now come with On-wrist HR monitors that no longer need a chest strap to measure your heart rate, and software that can literally teach you how to run faster, provided you follow their personalized training plan and allow it to track workouts correctly.

When I discovered how important it is to keep my heart rate steady and within a comfortable zone, ultra running became so much more predictable for me in terms of not blowing up too early.

Heart Rate training is very useful in trail running where hills are very common.

Training with your heart rate is the only decent way to formulate a training plan that’s uniquely tailored to your body and current fitness level.

If you have a GPS watch with HR monitor, to get started with HR training you’ll first need to find your maximum heart rate.

Once you have that you can begin running in specific HR zones, specified in various training plans. My favorite GPS Watch that has accurate heart rate training and a plethora of training and navigation software features is the Garmin Fenix Series.

There’s a reason why the Fenix 6 Pro was awarded a Trail & Kale Editor’s Choice Award and sits at the top of our Best Running Watches Buyer’s Guide – actually there are a ton of reasons! Go read our GPS Running watches Buying Guide next to learn about them all.

For a more affordable GPS running watch option, Coros is another GPS watch brand that has been taking the trail and ultrarunning market by storm due to their watches’ great features and overall great value of their products.

Their Apex watch is also on our list of the best GPS running watches. Read our full Coros Apex review, or learn more about the different Coros watches and how they compare in our Coros Watches Comparison Guide.

10. Comfortable, high-performance trail running shoes

Yes, the right pair of trail running shoes will train you how to run faster.

I don’t care what the naysayers say – technology in running shoes is pushing the boundaries on the capability of human-propelled speed.

Flex and materials in midsoles like carbon fiber-infused plates are a sure-fire way to get faster and build stamina over longer distances.

Owning comfortable trail running shoes will help you make the most of the sport also.

You’ll enjoy running more and as a result will ACTUALLY RUN MORE, a lesser know way in how to run faster simply by choosing a good pair of running shoes. Running more means increased performance gains – simple!

For a look at our current favorite trail running shoes definitely visit our Best Trail Running Shoes Gear Guide – it will teach you everything you need to know about trail running shoes, as well as how to choose the best ones for you, and how you intend to use them.

This guide is for both men and women, so definitely go check that out next!

11. Trail Running Poles

If I’m taking on a super technical trail marathon/ultramarathon that involves an excessive amount of vertical gain (most of them do) then I’m going to take trail running poles with me.

Here are some reasons why trail running poles can be so helpful when running:

  • They make light work of uphill climbs on steep (eg mountainous) trails.
  • They save your legs on long, hilly races and allow you to run longer.
  • They help you to get into a rhythm and zone into the job at hand!
  • They help with balance on steep descents by allowing you to probe for stable ground.
  • They allow for space (and self) preservation during busy races.
How to run faster, increase stamina, and recover faster | use trail running poles
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z poles

MY TOP PICK right now are the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z.

TRAIL RUNNING POLES BUYER’S GUIDE: You can read more about these poles and other great alternatives in my 5 Best Trail Running Poles Buyer’s Guide.

RUNNING WITH POLES GUIDE: If you want to learn the best technique for running with poles, and how to run faster using poles, read our Trail Running with Poles advice guide which explains in-depth, how best to use them while running in the mountains, plus their pros and cons.

RELATED GEAR GUIDE: 5 Top Hydration Packs: Best Race Vests For Trail Running

12. Wear a Technical Running Cap

Got sweat? Yes, I sweat a lot too, so if I didn’t wear a hat or a BUFF headband on my head, I would constantly have sweat running down my face and into my eyes.

Been there, done that and didn’t enjoy the ride. This is one of those simple running tips which actually impacts your overall enjoyment of the sport while training for hours each day.

I’ve tried so many hats for running with but my favorite right now is the BUFF Pack Run Cap because it:

  • is comfortable to wear for long durations.
  • is breathable and keeps my head cool during intense exercise in the heat.
  • protects the top of my head from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • wicks moisture to prevent sweat from dripping down your face.
  • is lightweight and packs down small to be stored in my hydration pack when needed.
  • has a bill that flips up and down which keeps the sun out your eyes when it’s low on the horizon but can then flip up so I can see ahead of me when climbing steep hills/mountains.

SEE IT IN ACTION: See below for a video of me wearing the Buff Pack Run Cap during UTMB OCC 2019.

13. Wearing a BUFF Headband on my wrist

This is another one of my simple running tips but one that’s amazingly practical. You can either buy an Original BUFF and cut it in half or just use a BUFF headband as it will already be the correct size to wrap around your wrist, I use them both ways.

Once on your wrist, you can then use it as a way to wipe sweat from your face or even, dare I say it, wipe SNOT from your nose.

I use it for this if I need to blow snot rockets, haha, yeah I know it’s gross but let’s keep things real and honest here.

14. Listen to music to boost motivation

When I’m training for speed and running intervals, I find listening to my favorite upbeat dance music helps me hit my goals.

I don’t know exactly why but it’s one heck of a motivator for me to push harder than usual! Some of my fastest road runs have been done while listening to music.

If you’re wondering how to build stamina in your mental and physical capacities at the same time, listening to tunes while running is a great way to do it.

The earbuds we run with are Shokz OpenRun Pro Bone Conduction Headphones – the sound is great for outside-the-ear headphones, and they are very lightweight. They are now also available in a mini version for those with smaller-than-average head sizes.

The best thing about them is that you can hear everything around you whilst running which makes them great for safety.

These Shokz running headphones won a Trail & Kale Editor’s Choice award in my detailed Shokz review and currently rank very highly in my best wireless running headphones buyer’s guide.

15. A Headlamp so you can run in the dark

Part of the problem for many runners working on their endurance training is the limited amount of daylight hours in the day, especially during the winter months.

I discovered this first hand after signing up for my first ultramarathon – I knew right away that I was going to have to train in the dark for two reasons:

  1. The ultramarathon I had signed up to, the Lavaredo Ultra Trail started at 11pm, so I needed to practice running in the dark with a headlamp.
  2. It was mid-winter and always dark after I finished work, so I had no choice but to get some night miles under my belt.

Sometimes there just aren’t enough daylight hours in the day, so the best way to keep training (and how to increase stamina, if don’t like running on a treadmill) is to buy a good headlamp and learn to run with it at night or early in the morning.

Don’t worry though, they don’t have to be expensive, the one I use and love is the BioLite HeadLamp 425 which costs $60.

Read my full BioLite HeadLamp 425 review next to see why I rate it so highly.

If instead, you’re looking for an alternative headlamp then head over to our Best Running Headlamps Buyer’s Guide and see some other excellent options including the Kogalla RA which is a multi-functional waist-torch for those who feel nauseous when using a standard headlamp.

16. Simulate training at altitude to improve VO2 MAX (Maximal Oxygen Intake)

I know many ways how to run faster, but none as smart as this. Now, I don’t always train with an altitude mask, and I certainly don’t go out in public with one. Have you seen what they look like when worn?

Think Bane from Batman haha. These masks do however serve two training purposes when trying to become a stronger trail runner, which are:

  1. if you’re training for a race that is going to take place at altitude, then it’s important to know what that’s going to feel like and also get your body used to feeling the effects of running at altitude.
  2. you can actually speed up your progression by training with an elevation mask, in a similar way that actually training at altitude does. Your cardiovascular system will be able to perform more efficiently with less oxygen hitting your lungs. So when you do eventually get to race (don’t forget to take the mask off first, haha) you’ll feel like Superman (or woman)!

If you’re curious as to when I use an elevation mask (seeing as I mentioned that I don’t go outside with it), I use it indoors on the treadmill or turbo trainer for my road bike.

I use the Training Mask 2.0, but there are plenty of alternatives available.

My recovery routine: Protein shakes, massage tools, and THC-Free CBD balm

A recovery routine after a tough run will help you feel strong and ready for your next session much sooner than if you were to ignore it.

Your muscles take a real beating after a long run or a speed workout, so don’t neglect them, instead help them repair faster. It’s not easy to get faster if your muscles don’t get stronger, fact.

Like nutrition, running recovery routines are something that will be very personal to you and your body, what works for some, may not work for others.

To give you a starting point, or even if you just want to try something new, give these tips a go.

This routine is what I use during heavy training blocks when I absolutely must feel strong and ready to run frequently without minor injuries.

This recovery routine also helps fast track my running performance in time for race day.

ANOTHER TIP TO FAST-TRACK RUNNING STRENGTH AND PERFORMANCE: Benefits of a Running Streak: Accelerated Fitness Gains

17. Repair your muscles faster with good quality plant protein

Repairing muscles after an intense workout is something that many runners overlook. If you can recover faster then you’ll be able to get back out there putting in smart miles that actually count, rather than running on tired ‘always recovering’ legs.

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I don’t drink one after every run, that would be very expensive, just the really intense ones like ‘races’, ‘speedwork’, ‘hill repeats’, ‘long runs’.

Read my complete Plant Protein Buyer’s Guide to discover the latest and greatest vegan protein powders to help you recover faster after exercise.

I have found two protein powders to work especially well, they are also both 100% plant-based proteins.

Protein 1 – Plantworks Protein Powder with Super Herbs.

I’d say this protein powder is my favorite in terms of taste and purity. We first discovered it at the Hood to Coast Pacific City relay event in Oregon when we were given some to try at the finish line.

By the way, if you haven’t done a Hood to Coast event before, DO IT! 🙂

Each serving of Plantworks protein has 20 grams of plant-based protein from Pea, Mushroom, Pumpkin, and Rice proteins.

It contains 0g of sugar and 7g of fiber, and there’s No Dairy, Soy, or Gluten. It is also mixed with Adaptogens and Super Herbs to help you speed-up/improve recovery times, Plant Power baby!

Protein 2 – Tailwind Nutrition Rebuild

This is the other powder I enjoy. It comes in ‘single-serve’ stick packs or in 32 oz packs for $38.99 which provide 15 servings, a great way to reduce packaging waste.

The ‘single-serve’ sticks are a convenient way of taking your recovery drink to work or the gym, and at $3 a stick isn’t too expensive.

We especially like the taste of the Vanilla flavor but I wouldn’t say no to chocolate!?

18. Massage out stubborn muscle knots before they become a problem

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Using a percussive massage gun like the TruMedic Massager makes it much easier to massage out localized tense muscles.

This is a portable battery-operated massage device that is great at working out muscle knots. The noise output is very low for a percussive massage gun with so much power output.

19. Use a TENS machine to gently for Recovery muscles and increase blood-flow to areas that need it

I mentioned the use of a muscle stimulator at the top of this post as a way to build muscle but the truth is, it’s just as effective for giving you a recovery massage after a run.

The Compex Mini Wireless Muscle Stimulator with TENS is the obvious choice for a TENS massager because of its size. It’s so tiny that you can easily take it with you for use after an event, or on a runcation holiday.

HOW IT WORKS: If you’re not familiar with a muscle stimulator TENS product, my video review below should answer any questions you may have.

20. Relieve Back Pain/Tension | You no longer need to live with it

How to run faster, increase stamina, and recover faster | fix back pain before it becomes a real issue for you and your running endurance training

The Chirp Wheel is designed to fit perfectly between your shoulder blades, targeting the muscles that go up and down your spine.

As your back is strained or under tension from the countless hours of activities you do, like running, those muscles lock up, and cause even more pain.

The Chirp Wheel rolls/massages those muscles, relaxing your back and relieving any back pain you may have from running.

This is my favorite recovery tool right now, I get a lot of relief and satisfaction out of rolling on my Chirp Wheel to relieve clicks, knots and tension in my back each night! To learn more about it, and their other massage tools, read my detailed Chirp Wheel review.

Then there are massage balls The great thing about the massage ball is its tiny size, which means you can take it with you on those longer hiking and running adventures.

Massage Balls can target isolated muscle areas due to their small size.

21. Recover sore muscles faster with a natural CBD Balm

CBD recovery balms are increasing in popularity, and it’s for good reason!

I have been having so much success with Venga CBD’s Recovery Balm product. I first noticed its power when I was in Europe for Matterhorn Ultraks 30k and the UTMB OCC 56km 5 days later.

I wouldn’t normally stack races so close to one another, but when I was offered the opportunity to run both, I couldn’t refuse.

I used the Recovery Balm on my leg muscles after Matterhorn Ultraks and felt repaired and ready to run UTMB OCC 5 days later.

That impressed me but what really blew me away was just how good my legs felt the day after UTMB OCC which saw me running 57km, with 3200 meters of positive gain for 10.5 hours.

That’s a long time for me to be running on such steep mountain terrain. I can only attribute it to the Venga CBD Recovery Balm I smothered over my legs the night of the race.

Kudos to Venga CBD with this Recovery Balm, it’s a pretty amazing product and I couldn’t think of a better one to end this list with.

Venga’s Recovery Balm is available for purchase at vengaendurance.com (don’t forget to use our 20% off code TRAILKALE20 if you place an order!).

For other CBD brands including those offering recovery balms we have used, this post shares our top 5 CBD balms we have tried and tested: Best CBD Balms for Athletes

Well, now you know how to get faster while running, how to increase stamina, and how to recover faster after intense workouts.

I really hope you enjoyed this insightful guide on how to run faster, improve endurance and recover quicker. If you have any questions please drop them in the comments below and I’ll reply soon.

Hey, I'm Alastair and I'm totally obsessed with discovering the latest, greatest & coolest gear for outdoor pursuits. Learn more about Trail & Kale, and everything we stand for as an outdoor gear & healthy foods publication.


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  1. I live in an addition that is basically a one kilometer loop. It would be perfect for interval training, except that one side of the circle is a (significant) uphill, and the other side is downhill. Is there any way to create an interval session in my loop, even though it is an uphill/downhill? I have run one 100 miler and I’m trying to better my time for this year’s 100. Thank you for all of the great info in your articles and gear reviews!

    • Hi Sara, funnily enough we used to live in an area that had about a 1km walking path loop that had 50% uphill and the other 50% downhill!

      This is actually a great way to get stronger, and faster when it comes to running on the trails – because most of the time trails are not flat but instead have undulating topography.

      What we both used to do was run a loop at an easy pace, and then the second loop at 90% power output, and then the 3rd loop to recover, 4th loop fast again. Ignoring the gradients and just working on your perceived effort, or power output is a great way to train. So, dont worry that the hills make you slower, just try to maintain your effort (or power output when running up them).

      Alternatively use the uphill gradient as your intensity interval, and recover on the downhill, and so on! Hope this helps guide you a bit. That loop sounds like the perfect training ground to me – I really miss the loop we used to live next to.



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