When my training schedule calls for 16 miles, I pull out a box of trail maps and begin plotting a route. The Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness are out my front door, which means there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring destinations to choose from. The catch? I’m training for a road race. The New York City Marathon is my goal, but rather than sprinting in place on a treadmill or hitting my local sidewalks and roads, I’d ideally like to train for it in the places I love most: the trails. Yet I often wonder how trail miles translate to road racing. If I run four minutes per mile slower than my goal marathon pace, does the run even count? Will the mountainous terrain destroy my legs for next week’s track workout?

To answer my questions, I talked to top coaches and athletes. They gave me the scoop on how to find a happy balance between training on the trails and racing on the roads.

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