If you want to run strong, you’ve got to train strong – and that’s why we’re delighted to welcome Compressport Trailrunning Team member and sports conditioning coach Casey Morgan to the coaching line-up at TrailFest2, where he’ll be leading a practical session on strength and conditioning for trail running.
Casey works full time as a personal trainer, supporting a range of athletes from complete beginners through to elites in a variety of sports. His own raceography is pretty awe-inspiring, both at home and abroad: 2 x winner of the Devil o’ the Highlands, he’s also won the Cami de Cavalls (185km around the island of Menorca) in both 2015 and 2016 as well as the Ultra Maraton Costa de Almeria. Other podium finishes include the Ultra Sierra Nevada, Ultra Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana, Hong Kong Trail Walker (despite starting over an hour behind the rest of the field! Read the story in his interview below) and Emmona (where he encountered his bleakest running moment to date – more below!). Casey has twice finished in the top 10 at Transgrancanaria.
Find out more about Casey’s personal training and online coaching packages on his website, and follow him at @caseymor. His interview with team TrailFest – talking all things trailrunning; the highs, the lows and everything in between – is below.
TF: When did you start trail running?
CM: I started trail running in 2009
TF: What do you run for?
CM: I run because I love it and because it takes me to incredible places all over the world.
TF: What’s your proudest running (or running-related) achievement?
CM: Proudest moment was during the Hong Kong Trail walker 100km race when the local police and race marshals sent my team (Pau Capell, Julien Chorier, Yeray Duran and me) the wrong way while we were leading the race. We ended up back at the start line more than an hour after the race had started. Rather than losing heart we decided to start again around 1 hour 15 minutes behind the entire field of 1200 teams. We fought hard all day to try to make up as much time as possible and ended up on the podium in 3rd place.
TF: What’s been the darkest moment in your running career?
CM: Darkest moment/moments came during Emmona Ultra Trail this year. At 130km with 11,000m+ it’s the hardest race I’ve ever encountered. My body didn’t respond well to the altitude so I suffered a lot during a 5 hour stretch mid race where we stayed really high on very technical terrain. Some very dark moments!
TF: What did you learn from this?
CM: I learned never to do Emmona again!
TF: What do you think of when the trails get tough?
CM: When things get tough I think of all my reasons for being there and remind myself that these are the moments I’ve trained for.
TF: What is your next big adventure?
CM: Next big targets are Canfranc-Canfranc in September, dubbed the world’s hardest 100km race. Everest trail race in November, Travessa Tramontana in December then back out to Hong Kong in January.
TF: Who (or what) is your running inspiration?
CM: My inspirations are the people I work with every day, watching them working and improving always gives me a boost. Tom Owens and Jethro Lennox have also given me a huge amount of inspiration throughout the years.
TF: What three words would you use to describe your relationship to running?
CM: Up down up
TF: What one piece of advice would you give to others?
CM: Consistency is key. As is recovery.
Casey joins us at TrailFest2 to provide practical strength & conditioning training, ‘Run Strong with Casey Morgan’. He will also join Marco Consani & Debbie Martin-Consani for a no-holds-barred Q&A in the afternoon!