Every once in a while I see ads for trail running clinics. I've wondered if there is some sort of body of knowledge about forest running, or if it is just something your body gets used to over time with practice. Is this something worth actually getting instruction on?
My take is that while you will definitely figure it out and improve naturally over time you will probably pick it up a little faster with a coached clinic or two.
There are a lot of techniques to it (and it varies in different terrain too) and knowing what those are so you can think about doing them now rather than waiting until you figure it out naturally can't be a bad thing.
Is this a topic covered in the advanced navigation training classes?
It is not but If be happy to run such a clinic a a special event. I'll talk to the training committee about it.
If there is interest and demand for a clinic, that would be great. Thanks for looking into it.
I think eventually you pick it up like anything...like Jeff says...but much slower when you are older than when you are younger...I never really did forest running when I was younger ...I have no formal training as an athlete or coach but now I just watch people who seem adept at it and try to pick up some of the techniques that seemed to be used...there are some general running principles that apply but I feel it's requires a different skill set
I did a lot of X-C coaching-running and I find on those "open" terrains (sand,mud, grass hills, minimally technical trails,...) to be much easier largely because it is easier to get into a zone and build /maintain momentum and efficiency when you're not so worried about foot placement, wiping out, or needing quick changes in direction.
It would be nice to get to the stage where you don't have to overthink the running
Love to have a clinic on this