Women on the Trails - Introduction Program is an 8-week session created specifically for women who are interested in getting into trail running and would like to do so in a group setting. In addition to providing weekly group runs, each run will be held from a different trail head entrance on Austin’s Greenbelt so that new trail runners will complete the program with exposure to a variety of trail routes to run on solo or with friends.
Attention WoT Alumni:
If you have attended an 8-week WoT session and would like to join us again, check out our special Alumni program offer just for you!
Dates and Times
Summer Session: May 29 - July 17 ~~ May 29 | June 5, 12, 18 < Tuesday, 26 | July 3, 10, 17
Fall Session: Sept 11 - Oct 30 ~~ Sept 11, 18, 25 | Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Date: The group meets every Wednesday for 8 weeks. See above for specific session dates.
Time: 6:30pm start - 8:00pm end (this includes "Trail Talks")
Locations: Locations will vary from week to week. Information will be sent out ahead of time.
Each 8-week program includes:
-- A weekly group trail run at alternating trailhead start locations.
-- "Trail Talk" 15 minute session on topics like: trail etiquette, navigation, nutrition, running technique.
-- Quality, structured workouts with "safety-first" and no-drop format.
-- Trail runs that last up to 50 minutes or cover up to 4 miles.
-- Optional (free) night time trail run on a different day of the week.
**head lamps will be required**
-- See "Program Perks" below for a more comprehensive list!
The program is designed for women who are runners but are new to trail running. All participants must:
-- Be able to run a minimum of 3.1 miles (5K).
-- Be 18 years of age or older.
-- Have a sense of adventure.
-- Be a SHE!
All trail runs will be done in a group setting with two run coaches and a strict "no drop" policy. You'll never be alone, you'll be with us!
Gear requirements are very minimal. All participants must have:
-- Running shoes (trail shoes not required).
-- Water bottle or similar hydration gear.
-- Running attire.
The cost is $120 per person for the 8-week session.
1. REGISTER below with PayPal*.
*NOTE: If you prefer to pay with check or cash, please e-mail us for details: info @ trailheadrunning.com.
2. Arrive on the first training day 30 minutes early to meet everyone.
3. Hit the trails for 8 weeks and have FUN!
We pick a local trail race to go run at the end of each 8-week session. Check out a new venue and hang with other trail runners! Trailhead Running will be there so come join us!
Summer 2013 Program - "Capt Karls - Muleshoe Bend" (07/13/2013)
The 8-week Summer session ends the week after "Capt Karl's - Muleshoe Bend " trail run event in Marble Falls, TX at Muleshoe Park on Saturday, July 13. NOTE: This race starts in the evening. If you are running the 10K you will not be running in the dark. Longer distances (30K/60K) will require headlamps.
Registration: Event Info & Registration Link
Cost: $55 for 10K. Cost increase on June 15 to $65.
Distances: 10K (6.2 miles), 30K (18.6 miles), 60K (37.2 miles)
Fall 2013 Program - "Dirt Trails and Pony Tails" (11/09/2013)
The 8-week Fall session ends just before the first Women on the Trails 5K race series - "Bruises and Bandages 5K " in Austin, TX at Austin Ridge on Saturday, November 9.
Registration: Event Info & Registration Link
Distances: 5K (3.1 miles)
Have questions? Check out our FAQs!
05/29/13 @ 6:30pm -- WoT Intro Sum: 8-weeks ($120)
Thursdays @ 6:30pm -- Co-ed Thurs Runs ($70/mo)
06/20/13 @ 9:00am -- Conference: Estes Park, CO
09/11/13 @ 6:30pm -- WoT Intro Fall: 8-weeks ($120)
09/21/13 @ 7:30am -- Trail Trip: Pedernales ($15)
11/09/13 @ 9:00am -- 5K Dirt Trails & Pony Tails ($35)
01/04/14 @ 7:30am -- Trail Trip: Georgetown ($15)
01/18/14 @ 9:00am -- 5K & 10K Bruises & Band. ($35)
02/22/14 @ 9:00am -- 5K Creepy C. & Critters ($35)
Women on the Trails - SIGN UP for MAY 29! Join us for the next WoT 8-week Summer session. Sign up today!
THR Ongoing Weekly Training Group
Every Thursday, male or female, quality workouts. Sign up today!
Set Free - Loving Life on the Trails
Get inspired by Kristi to hit the trails by watching this short film.
There's always something to learn on the trail. Be a pro in no time with these trail terms and tips!
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 (wikipedia.org).
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!