Beginner trail running course

New courses starting in August 2019!!

Spaces are limited and these popular courses sold out last year!

young woman in skirt jumping on a rocky trail with scenic viewTrail running gives you that sense of adventure and freedom that you haven’t felt since childhood. When you start exploring new trails, you will experience epic views, steep climbs, thrilling downhills, scenic forests, creek crossings, fields of wildflowers, even rock stairs and ladders.

You never know what is around the next bend.

Running up and down mountains may seem like an intimidating endeavor but it is much more accessible than you can image.

In our course, we will give you the knowledge, fitness and confidence so that you can join your friends on their next trail running adventure.

Who is this for?

This course is for female beginner trail runners only!!  If you have never ran a trail in your life, great!  If you are an experienced hiker and have dabbled in trail running but want to learn more, perfect!  The clinics are setup to be about 20% lecture and 80% running and skill work on the trail.   We will start with only 2 miles the first session and will build up to a 5 mile trail run by the end of the five weeks!

You must be able to run at 5k (3.2 miles) without stopping (on a flat road course).  You don’t have to be fast, we just want to know that you have a base level of fitness.   Trail running is a little more demanding then road running, a 2 mile trail run is equivalent to a 3+ mile road run!

A quick note about what type of pace to expect on these runs: 
The best part about trail running is that you don’t have to be fast!  In fact, power hiking is acceptable and in many cases encouraged while on a trail run.  We will accommodate for all levels of fitness/experience while on the runs, these are clinics meant for learning and fun, not to be a race!   Expect the average pace to be around 13 minutes per mile (we will be hiking most of the steep hills and running the rest!)
Faster/more experienced runners will be given opportunities to add extra mileage to even things out.

—–>  View pictures from previous year’s programs HERE!

Want to train for a trail race with the group??
This course is also structured to support training for Xterra trail 5k/10k AND/OR the Snow Mountain Ranch 5k/10k AND/OR the Xterra Indian Peaks SUP triathlon.  We will have special discount codes for these events for course participants.

New friends!

Already have some experience trail running or seeking other outdoor fitness fun?
For more experienced trail runners, check out our Spring/summer Training group with coached group runs where we will explore more technical terrain with longer runs.

In these clinics you will learn: 

  • Warm-up drills
  • Running form analysis/proper trail running biomechanics
  • How to pace yourself on the trail
  • Safety on the trails:  how to handle wildlife (rattle snakes, coyotes, mountain lions) and other trail users (bikes, horses, etc)
  • How to conquer the uphills and manage steep downhills and technical sections safely
  • Where to find the best front range trails for starting out (we will provide you with a handout with the best apps, websites and trail guides)
  • How to handle adverse conditions on the trail or weather:  snow, mud, ice, creeks, thunderstorms, etc.
  • Exercises you should be doing at home to prevent injury
  • What you should be doing off the trail to train (cross training, strength training exercises, stretching)
  • What to bring/best shoes/gear, etc


– Post session recap emails and handouts
–  Access to the private L2S training group for the duration of the course.  This is where we will post updates and share useful articles, workouts and videos.  This will also serve as a community where you can talk, share stories, experiences, tips and meet other women to go on some trail runs with!

We are excited to announce Road Runner Sports will be supporting the event with swag and 10-20% off shoes and gear for all program participants!!
Also we will be bringing in some “guest speakers/experts” in the industry for a couple of the sessions to talk about safety, running form/gait and proper gear/shoe fit. 


Spring session: Last week of April- May- FULL!
Summer session: June 22nd-July 23rd-FULL!
Fall session:  August 14th-September 29th

——> Wednesday evenings at 6:15pm and Saturday mornings at 8:30am (summer session) Sunday mornings at 8:30am (fall session)

Sample class itinerary:

Wildlife clinic with rangers: Yes, this is a live snake!

Class #1:
Hill work + conditioning for trail running

– Learn proper athletic warm-up (including running form drills) and basic injury prevention exercises for the feet, ankles and lower legs so that you can run strong and injury free in your training and on race day!!

– Do hill repeats, learning the proper form and techniques for running + power hiking both up and downhill

– Run 1.5-2 miles on some single track urban trails
Class #2: 
Honing in downhill running + gear talk!
 3ish mile run w/ special work on efficient power hiking, introducing intervals and light footwork. Gear clinic with pros from Road Runner Sports with information on the best footwear, shoe fit, socks, other apparel and gear necessary for your training for your new favorite hobby + techniques and special apparel and gear for running in mud, across water, snow and ice!
Class #3: 
Wildlife and trail safety talk
We will run 3-4 miles including a creek crossing followed by a talk on trail etiquette, sustainability and wildlife (like what to do if you see a rattlesnake or mountain lion on the trail) and staying safe on the trails.
Class #4: 
Conquering technical terrain
We will do a 3 mile run, learning techniques and practicing running on steep, technical terrain.

Class #5: 
Night running!
Learn the ins and outs of running at night.  Learn what you need, how to use your headlamp, and a 4-5 mile running practicing how to manage the objects on and off the trail when everything looks so foreign in the dark!

Class #6:
Graduation run!
A quick talk about special considerations for running at altitude followed by
A 5ish mile run in Evergreen or Golden where we put everything we learned together on a run with some climbing, technical terrain and gorgeous views!


We will be running at a different front range trail every week!   After you register you will be sent a packet with more information and the trail locations/maps.  Sessions will range from Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Lone Tree and Castle Rock.


Cost is only $119 for the 6 week program.
If you are sick, out of town or just have to miss a clinic, don’t worry!  We have another session running consecutively that you can jump into for a makeup.
You are getting the benefit of small group coaching for a fraction of the cost (clinic size is limited to 10 participants) and will be given information, handouts and/or exercises/workouts after every session to do at home.

Want more support and guidance + ideas of what you should be doing on your own outside of the group runs?

L2S now has custom training programs for Colorado trail races!  These programs include suggested runs at key trails across the front range, hill/stair/track workouts, strength plan and more.  Beginner course participants save $ on our new plans too. Learn more now HERE.

—–>  **L2S members save %15 and are eligible for free entry giveaways.  After you sign up for membership you will be sent a welcome packet with discount codes for all of our programs, learn more HERE. 

Women’s trail running course

Your coaches:

South Valley park: one of our favorite beginner trails. Lauren loves trail running with her boys, even in the winter!

Lauren Jones grew up in Littleton, CO and has been running the front range trails for almost 20 years!  She has her degree in exercise science and sports performance and has been working as a trainer and coach for almost 15 years.  She is also an elite obstacle course racer and trail runner; she competed in the world championships last year.  Learn more about Lauren here.

Kriste Peoples is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to share her love of trails, whether she’s running, hiking, snowshoeing, or backpacking.  She’s a Ragnar ambassador, a couch-to-5k coach, a leader for Outdoor Afro and certified in Wilderness first aid.  Learn more about Kriste here.

Trail blazers: 
We will always have a trail blazer present who will run at the back of the pack to accommodate all paces and for encouragement and support!   Get to know our amazing volunteer trail blazers HERE.

Questions?  Shoot Lauren an email at: