Where the Road Ends
A Guide to Trail Running
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Every year, countless runners, endurance athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts discover the sport of trail running. Whether they run for peace of mind, appreciation of nature, or competition, they find a sport unlike any other.
Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running captures the excitement, intensity, and appeal of the outdoors. From training and preparation to overcoming nature’s obstacles, it’s all here, accompanied by detailed instruction, expert insights, and stunning color photography.
Inside you’ll find these features:
• Techniques for running over dirt, sand, roots, and rock
• Equipment recommendations based on terrain, distance, and conditions
• Safety guidelines for navigation, injury, and water crossings
• Conditioning programs for all levels of runners
• Strategies for improving race-day performance
Whether you are an experienced road runner looking for new challenges or an extreme athlete pushing your physical limits, look no further than Where the Road Ends, the authoritative guide for conquering the trails, terrain, and conditions of the great outdoors.
Chapter 1. Stepping Off Road
Chapter 2. Trail Running Techniques
Chapter 3. Finding Footing
Chapter 4. Techniques to Match Terrain
Chapter 5. Trail Tools
Chapter 6. Hydration and Fueling
Chapter 7. Conquering the Conditions
Chapter 8. Training for the Trail
Chapter 9. Creating a Training Plan
Chapter 10. Trail Safety and Stewardship
Chapter 11. Health and Injuries
Chapter 12. Trail Racing
"Where the Road Ends links the search for performance, the knowledge about how our bodies and brains can run longer and faster, and the connection that trail running gives us to nature and the other runners of this wonderful community. Enjoy this journey!”
Kilian Jornet-- Six-Time Skyrunning World Series champion, Winner of the Western States Endurance Run and the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run
“Trail running is very individual. Everyone has a distinctive technique depending on background and experience. We all can learn and get inspired from Where the Road Ends.”
Emelie Forsberg-- Member of the Salomon International Team , World Cup Champion in Skyrunning Ultra Distance (2013, 2014, 2015), European Ultrarunning Champion (2015), World Champion in Skyrunning Ultra Distance (2014)
“Meghan Hicks and Bryon Powell provide a definitive guide to the when, where, and how of trail running. Where the Road Ends is a true trail runner’s guidebook. It will help you stay safe off the pavement and have the knowledge and confidence to maximize all that trail running has to offer.”
Rob Krar-- Two-Time Winner of the Western States 100-Mile Run
“Meghan and Bryon have tackled some of the toughest races on the planet and bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Their book Where the Road Ends contains information gathered from years of living and breathing the sport. For anyone who wants to learn what trail running is all about, this is the essential resource.”
Stephanie Howe, PhD-- Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition, Coach, Sport Nutritionist, and Ultrarunner