of lake, mountains and glacier
You want to conquer nature while running? Then running on the diverse mountain trails in Zell am See-Kaprun is just perfect for you as a trail runner! Altitude metre by altitude metre we are not only following the tracks of sporty goals, but also of the most beautiful panorama. This combination also inspires the two professional athletes Manuel and Hans-Peter Innerhofer. They provide the most important tips for trail running beginners and bring a tour recommendation with them.
To the Salzburg running talents Manuel and Hans-Peter Innerhofer, trail running has been much more than just covering distances since their youth: At the age of 16, the two athletes decided to dedicate their careers to mountain running and trail running. For this purpose, the twin brothers are training in Zell am See-Kaprun this time. We took the opportunity to ask them in more detail: What makes trail running so exciting? And is it a sport for everyone?
"When trail running, I don't just follow asphalted roads, I can also run cross-country on small mountain paths and discover nature in all its variety," says Manuel enthusiastically. He shares his passion with his brother Hans-Peter. Both are Salomon Running Team athletes and love to move from root to root as soon as they put on their running shoes.
“For competitive runners, harder intensive training makes sense,” says Manuel. His basic training includes two hours of running a day with his pulse between 140 and 150. In addition, there is a more intensive training once a week, when he runs uphill for about 50 minutes. "Having a good body feeling is the most important ingredient in trail running. I have to train that to prevent injuries," Hans-Peter explains. "As a competitive runner, I also have to constantly improve not only strength, stability, balance and coordination, but I also have to pay attention to proper nutrition," says Hans-Peter.
A backpack as light as a vest
In addition, a suitable backpack is worth its weight in gold as a companion on the trail. Manuel relies on the "Salomon ADV Skin". "It's more like a light vest; you can pack the most important things and it still doesn't bounce around while running." He always carries his water in matching soft flasks. These bottles contract when he drinks and only take up space if there is something in them.
Besides the basic equipment with shoes and backpack, running poles are also a recurring topic. Manuel and Hans-Peter almost never run with poles. The only exception is when the training takes them up a steep path, such as a ski slope. "If mountain trails are new territory for someone, then poles can easily overtax them. Trail running then quickly turns into Nordic walking," Manuel smiles. But if you use running poles, you have to make sure they are the right length, he says. "The arms have to be bent at right angles when you stand on the flat."