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  How-To
The Adventurer's Handbook
30 Crucial Skills, Nifty Tips, and Shameless Shortcuts
By Robert Earle Howells

How to Run Off-Road

If you want to become a better off-road runner, shorten your stride and strengthen your abs, says Brian Metzler, the editor of Trail Runner magazine.

A short stride is more efficient on gnarly terrain because it minimizes energy-wasting slips. As for the abs, Metzler says your body works them overtime to maintain balance and to brace against shocks on uneven trails, "so do your sit-ups, crunches, V-sits, whatever. Strengthening your stomach is the best way to make the transition from road running to trail. If you haven't been doing your ab work, you'll wind up hurting."

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•  Introduction
 
How to
•  Avoid an Avalanche
•  Avoid Blisters
•  Beach a Kayak
•  Bike Up Steep Trails
•  Build a Fire When It's Wet
•  Climb Higher
•  Cross a River on Foot
•  Fight Altitude Sickness
•  Find Your Way
•  Fix Gear in the Field
•  Haggle for Anything
•  Hike Lighter
•  Keep Warm on Frigid Hikes
•  Leave (Absolutely) No Trace
•  Make Tastier Backcountry Grub
•  Melt Snow to Drink
•  Paddle With Power
•  Predict the Weather
•  Put on Your Skis
•  Run Off-Road
•  See More Fish When Diving
•  Ski Faster
•  Slide Down an Icy Slope
•  Slip a Bribe
•  Stick to the Rock
•  Swim Rapids
•  Swing a Machete
•  Take Better Photos
•  Telemark for Real
•  Wipe Out on a Bike
 
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