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(11/08/14) Dirt Trails & Pony Tails: 5K/10K
(01/17/15) Bruises & Bandages: 5K/10K/13.1 M

(02/07/15) Creepy Crawlies & Critters: 5K/10K
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Ongoing Weekly Training Group: Women-Only

Trailhead Running's Ongoing Trail Running Training Group is a once a week trail running workout created specifically for women who want to build skills in trail running form and technique through focused workouts that include endurance, speed, and hills, all while exploring the main and lesser known trails in central Austin. While the workouts are in a group setting, each person will work to her own ability in a supportive, safe, "no drop" format.

Dates and Times

TUESDAYS - Ongoing Weekly Trail Running Program
Start Date: Ongoing, meets every Tuesday.
Time: 6:15pm arrive, 6:30pm START ("heels down"), 8:00pm END (finish times will vary).
Locations: Locations will vary from week to week. Information will be sent out ahead of time.
Distances: Run distances will vary from 3-6 miles.
Prerequisite: Have run a 5K in the last year. SPEED is not a requirement but participants must be able to run at least a 5K on trails.
Audience: Women, 14 years or older (under 18 must have signed parental consent form).

What's Included
-- Workouts will vary each week: a longer "steady state" run OR shorter "quality" skills/strength workout coached by certified, experienced trail running coaches.
--  "Trail Talks" on topics like: navigation, trail running form and technique, and nutrition.
-- Quality, structured workouts based on individual effort but in a "safety-first" and no-drop format.
-- Trail runs that may last up to 1.5 hours or cover up to 6 miles.
-- See "Program Perks" below for a more comprehensive list!

The program is designed for women who have some road or trail running experience. All participants must:
-- Have completed at least a 5K run/race in the last year.
-- Be able to run 3-6 miles on trails. Speed is not a requirement but running is.
-- Be 14 years of age or older (under 18 must have parental consent).
-- Have a sense of adventure and like to sweat!

Group Setting
All trail runs will be done in a group setting with at least one running coach and a strict "no drop" policy. Each participant will work to her own skills or abilities within the group.

Required Gear
Gear requirements are very minimal. All participants must have:
-- Running shoes (trail shoes not required).
-- Water bottle or similar hydration gear (additional water will be provided).
-- Running attire.

The cost is $40 per person per month.
Sessions will be billed on a monthly basis and will not be prorated. Start/cancellation/restart can occur at any time. Refunds will not be made for participants who cannot attend a workout based on personal schedule conflicts. See Registration below for more details.

Program Perks
The ongoing trail running training group program is very comprehensive and builds fitness, strength, skill, and technique. What you get:

REGISTER below with PayPal* using the Subscribe button. Minimum registration is one month.
*NOTE: If you prefer to pay with check or cash, please e-mail us for details: info @

Ongoing Monthly Program: WeeklyTrail Runs

SUBSCRIPTION CYCLE: When you subscribe to PayPal, the date you subscribe becomes your "start date". Example: Subscribe on September 19 for a 1 month cycle that will end on October 18. Paypal automatically renews your subscription for each monthly cycle. You can unsubscribe at any time within the first 7 days of your monthly subscription simply by logging into PayPal and clicking "Unsubscribe".

REFUNDS: If you are less than 7 days into your next monthly subscription, we are happy to refund your monthly payment (less paypal processing charges incurred). If you are 7 days or more into your next monthly subscription, we wil not refund your payment.

Optional Events
We are always running at local (and destination) trail races and we invite everyone at Trailhead Running to join us! Check out a new venue and hang with other trail runners! Trailhead Running will be there with a finish line tent so come join us! Upcoming events will be posted on Facebook and sent out in our eNewsletter (sign up today).

Contact us for more information.

Calendar: What's Next?

Ongoing @ 6:30pm -- Women-Only Tues Runs ($40)
04/26/14 @ 7:30am -- Trail Trip: Buescher Park (free)
05/15/14 @ 11:00am -- 3M Health & Fitness Expo
06/04/14 @ 6:30pm -- Summer WoT 8 Wk Intro ($120)
08/09/14 @ 7:30am -- Trail Trip: Muleshoe Bend (free)
08/13/14 @ 6:30pm -- Fall WoT 8 Week Intro ($120)
10/09-11/2014 -- Trail Runner's Conf, Estes Park, CO
10/17-18/2014 -- RAGNAR Trail Relays, Comfort, TX
11/08/14 @ 9:00am -- 5K/10K Dirt Trails ($35)
01/17/15 @ 9:00am -- 5K/10K/13M Bruises & B. ($35)
02/07/15 @ 9:00am -- 5K/10K Creepy C. & C. ($35)

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We are a Club Member of ATRA
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We are a Member of RRCA
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Trail Terms & Tips

There's always something to learn on the trail. Be a pro in no time with these trail terms and tips!

Trail Resources Info Page
Headlamps? Hydration Packs? Check out our Trail Resources information page for recommendations!

Knuckle -- (nuh'kl)
A small root or stump that sticks straight up out of the ground. Usually found on dirt packed trail and very difficult to see. Sentence use: First runner yells, "KNUCKLE!" as they run past the offending root/stump to warn following runners.

Trail Angel -- (tra'yal ain'gyl)
A generous individual or group of individuals that provide acts of kindness to participants of outdoor events, on hiking trails, or various biking routes. Also referred to in online hiking journals as friends of hikers, relatives, or others persons who will often provide food, transportation, etc. to hikers on the trail (

Keep up with your nutrition both on and off the trail using Luna Bars! Our favorite? Peppermint Stick! We LOVE 'em and so will you!

Wristola -- (rist'olah)
Fancy, high-tech bandana that wraps around your wrist. Serves many purposes including: wiping sweat, tourniquet, emergency toilet paper (one use only). Sentence Use: "I'm sure glad I have my wristola to wipe the sweat from my eyes. It works much better than a regular bandana!" Artwork by: Barrett Criswell

Getting Shadowed -- (ge'ting - shado'wd)
Occurs during night trail running when the runner's headlamp behind you is so blindingly bright that you can't see where you are going because of your own shadow. Sentence use: "I can't see where I'm going because I'm getting shadowed!"

Ground Focus Technique (GFT) -- (graw'nd - fok'us tek'neek)
Being so focused on the ground that the runner doesn't see anything else around them. Form can be upright (when running) or bent over (when stopped). Occurs most frequently during night trail runs but occasionally when the runner just can't see what the heck they are going to step on.
Sentence use: "The trail is really technical here so I better use my GFT!"

Skull Rock -- (skul rok)
Sharp, uneven rocks found in patches on Austin area trails. Rocks often stick up several inches making footing difficult. Named because they look like skulls and bones.

Keith -- (kee'th)
Trailhead Running's unofficial mascot. He is really supportive and shows up at races to cheer on all his two-legged friends! Also has a modeling career posing for art found in local Austin bagel shop. (He is not the dog of the "dogs hauling ass" area on the trail, but he's just as speedy.) AKA: Keif.

Disco Spider -- (dis'ko spi'dr)
Little spiders that run along the edge of the trail at night. They reflect a purple/blue shimmery color when headlamps shine on them. Sentence Use: "Check out all the disco spiders on the trails tonight!"
Photo source: SpiderJew 2012

Have trouble telling poison ivy apart from turk's cap? Take the time to learn your trail plants. And in the mean time, when in doubt, don't touch it!

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