Whether you are planning to do your first Ridge Run or your twenty first, there is a lot of benefit from seeking a little coaching advice from others and doing some training with others.
Training Group Resources
As a starting place, check out the local running club. Starting in May, the club holds weekly fun runs. These gatherings are a great place to meet people and connect with others that may be planning some Ridge Run training.
If you do Facebook, There is a Bozeman Area Trail Running Group on Facebook. It is a handy forum for getting conditions for local trails and for finding someone to train with.
The Tuesday Night Track Club workouts in Bozeman are another opportunity to meet people that are serious about training and fitness. The weekly workouts are more geared to 5K speed than specific trail strength and endurance, but many people use these workouts as part of their general fitness and running preparedness. The workouts are posted on their Facebook group page.
An additional local Bozeman resource for finding training partners is the Bozeman Running Company. They have organized training runs to prepare you for their events like the Run to the Pub, Bozeman Marathon, etc…
Join Us for some Training, Coaching and Answering Your Questions
Personally, I will be training for and doing another Ridge Run, my 19th. And this year my wife also plans to do the Ridge Run and she will be training for it. You are invited to join us during our training runs.
During the winter and spring, I do weekly trail runs wherever the trails are free of deep snow. This can mean having to travel out into the valley away from Bozeman to places like the Lewis and Clark Caverns. As spring and summer approach, and the Bridger Range sheds its winter coating of snow, I begin to do regular training along the Ridge Run course.
Over the decades, I have informally coached and helped many people train and prepare for the Ridge Run. Some were very first timers and some were experienced but looking for improvement and a breakthrough from their past performances. Results of the people I have worked with have varied greatly: From overall wins, to 2 hour improvements to their PRs, to just being satisfied with finishing.
If you or someone you know would like some help with their Ridge Run plans and training just leave a comment on this page and I will email you back to answer your questions or workout some training and coaching get togethers.
This blog has a lot of information on training and preparation for the Ridge Run and I encourage you to explore it as an information resource.
But nothing is better than firsthand experience for learning from someone that has done it before. So comment below and join us for some training and trail runs this spring and summer.