Trailhead Running
TRAIL RACE SERIES: Women on the Trails
(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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"Trailhead Running's 'Women on Trails' program was a great way to learn Austin's trails in a fun, supportive, safe and unintimidating environment. I would highly recommend for any woman who likes to run and has yet to explore the Greenbelt!"
Chrissie J.

"Fabulous experience that exceeded my expectations. Loved the expertise, kindness of the coaches and comeradere of the group. Coaches were super-well prepared and it was a truly meaningful experience."
WoT Intro Runner

"It's hard to imagine anything else being added or subtracted from the program; Susan and Richelle have put together an incredibly smart series of runs coupled with informative talks on all manner of related topics such as trail safety, essential gear, and proper hydration."
WoT Intro Runner

"I have loved the runs even though they kicked my hind end! I have really enjoyed the course...thank you both for what you do. "
Annie H.

"I loved running with the Women in the Trails group. Everyone was friendly and it didn't matter if you were fast or 'scenic', no one got left behind. It was a great way to explore the Barton Creek Greenbelt because you were in a group so you were safe. They also taught me the skills I needed to trail run and not get lost. Very good stuff! I've been visiting the Greenbelt for years and these ladies showed me new trails I didn't even know existed. I can't wait to explore more with them!"
Vicky B.

"I thought the program was wonderful!! Susan and Richelle made you feel very welcome and provided lots of info about different trails in austin. I had a blast!"
WoT Intro Runner

"This was an awesome, well planned program, with great coaches. I came away with a much greater appreciation and knowledge of our Barton Creek Greenbelt, and trail running in general."
Nancy H.

"I loved the program and have already signed up again. Thanks!!"
WoT Intro Runner

"I am most definitely a directionally-challenged individual, and they are true to their motto 'You are not lost, you are with us!'"
Karen U.

"Seeing all the different terrain that the greenbelt has to offer, meeting new people, and exploring the greenbelt trails."
WoT Intro Runner

"First, I wanted to tell you the Women on the Trails experience exceeded all my expectations and was a ton of fun! This could not have happened without all of your thoughtfulness, behind-the-scenes planning, wisdom and, of course your kind and empathetic hearts. Thanks for giving our group a forum to be adventurous like children and have an athletic, informative and basic great time during the workouts and meetings with you over the past 8 weeks. It was truly a feel-good and meaningful experience and I can't thank you enough!"
Susan W.

"Women on the Trails was a great way to start trail running from scratch and build my skills. It was a great opportunity to meet some fun ladies who have similar interests and never failed to result in new experiences, laughter, and a great workout!"
Elaine D.

"I enjoyed the program SOOO much! Susan and Richelle, yall made it so much fun and it was the perfect stress-free workout that made it so fun to learn about a whole new running world that I plan to keep participating in. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and for making it so much fun!"
WoT Intro Runner

"I think the energy and fun that you two bring is priceless. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. As long as it is so apparent that you two love what you are doing, you will not go wrong."
WoT Intro Runner

"Fabulous experience that exceeded my expectations. Loved the expertise, kindness of the coaches and comeradere of the group. Coaches were super-well prepared and it was a truly meaningful experience."
WoT Intro Runner

"Thx Susan and Richelle for introducing me to the trails - it's been a blast! Good luck this Saturday and we'll see ya at Wild Hare."
Arlyne V.C.

"I enjoyed every aspect of the program. The pace was just right, and every week brought new scenery and challenges. Susan and Richelle contain a wealth of knowledge, and I love how motivating they are with every member of the group. Their passion for trail running is truly infectious!"
WoT Intro Runner


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)

Trail News

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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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