Training for trail or ultra running should include walking and lots of it

If you are training to run a trail race or ultramarathon the obvious thing to do is run. But, perhaps counter-intuitively, you should include walking in your training programme and a lot of it.

There are a number of reasons for this to do with training intensities, injury prevention and fitting volume into your busy schedule.

Base training

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