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knapplaura2010-05-01 21:48:32 +0000 #1
Yesterday I went for a trail run on the mountain bike 'area' out here. The trail was 7 miles, and marked every half mile (though somehow I never saw the 5s). It was relatively hilly, with some roots around, and I fell once.

It was strange b/c I was out running for about 1:30. It was just so much slower than my road running! So I am wondering if it is worthwhile to do trail running.

Anyone have any opinions on it?

thanks

Laura
limewave2010-05-01 21:56:04 +0000 #2
I don't know any facts or statistics, but trail running is definitely good for the soul. And the hills are great for strength training. I find that I'm a better runner on the road if I do at least one hard trail run a week. Trail running is tough, but it makes you stronger.
yellow2010-05-01 22:26:32 +0000 #3
Good things about trail running:The lateral movement strengthens muscles that don't get used when road running. Since I've been trail running exclusively I haven't twisted an ankle once. And I used to twist them all the time.
If you run hills, you'll get some mighty shapely calves and quads

You can (and sometimes should) walk the uphills. If you walk with purpose, it won't slow you down at all and may in fact allow you to recover enough to go faster on the flats and downhills.
No vehicle exhaust.
It's love for your knees and hips (if you have cranky knees and hips like I do).
Birdsong.
Everybody's happy.

The bad things about trail running:

[can't think of any]

Seriously, it won't hurt your road training if that's what you are worried about, even though you are going slower. I have some routes where I average 9 mm and others where I average 11:30 mm or slower...just depends on the terrain, the day, etc.

It is a whole different animal and requires a different mindset. You will learn how to pick your feet up more (which will in turn build your legs in a way that is very different from road running). Light and quick, that's what I always tell myself. I probably fall once a month, usually on a stretch of trail that isn't technical as I tend to pay less attention when my brain doesn't see so many rocks and whatnot.

And as Limewave says, it's good for the soul.

Have fun!
Tri Girl2010-05-01 22:52:52 +0000 #4
I LOVE trail running, although I have to work a lot harder at it!

My HR is always higher, while my pace is always slower, but like yellow and limewave have pointed out: it's a really good workout. I like being protected from the elements on the trail (during winter- most of my runs are on the trail to avoid the usual windy and cold conditions of the open road). Although I run slower, I think it does my body good in other ways. And yes, it's good for the soul. To see nature up close, to hear the rustling of leaves that the squirrels and deer make, and to feel "free" are all reasons why I trail run.

It'll do you good- just keep at it!
runner22010-05-01 23:11:50 +0000 #5
I have been trail running for a long time, love it! My puppy is 10 monthes old, I am thinking about taking her with me to the trail.

She got all the shots she need, she is a big girl, nearly 50 lbs. Are there anythings else I should know but bringing the leash and water?

Any input will be greatly appreciate.

runner2
roadie gal2010-05-02 00:08:47 +0000 #6
Quote:

Originally Posted by runner2

I have been trail running for a long time, love it! My puppy is 10 monthes old, I am thinking about taking her with me to the trail.

She got all the shots she need, she is a big girl, nearly 50 lbs. Are there anythings else I should know but bringing the leash and water?

Any input will be greatly appreciate.

runner2

A lot depends on the type of dog. 10 months might be too young to go for a long run. The bigger the breed, the longer you have to wait to run them. The giant breeds are prone to elbow and knee problems if you run them too soon.
lauraspark2010-05-01 22:57:06 +0000 #7
For those of you who do trail running...do you use different shoes than what you use for road running?

Thanks in advance for your replies...

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