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Trekhawk2011-10-01 15:23:32 +0000 #1
Winter is here in Australia and I decided about a month ago that I needed something else to do when the weather was too icky to ride. My husband runs so I thought maybe I should give it a whirl. It has been about 20 years since I have done any running and then it was all on the road. We have some wonderful trails where I live so I thought lets see how that works for me. Who would have guessed but I love it! I am up to 7kms which is about 4 and a bit miles and hope to work up to around the 16 km mark. I find with trail running that I am so busy looking where to put my feet that I don't notice the kms passing by as much as out on the boring road.

Anyone else out there run purely on trails? Got any good tips for me?
limewave2011-10-01 15:40:09 +0000 #2
I don't run strictly on trails, but I do run regularly on trails and its my favorite kind of running!

I don't really have advice other than be certain to know the trail. Nothing stinks more than thinking you're going for a 4 mile run, get lost, and end up doing 10 miles (I've done that).

I always bring water trail running. ALWAYS (JIC the above happens).

I usually carry a whistle too. For emergencies. The trails I run on, as you can probably gather, are remote with little to no traffic.

Expect slower pace times. And expect to get really strong!
SadieKate2011-10-01 16:02:14 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by Trekhawk

Anyone else out there run purely on trails? Got any good tips for me?

It's waaay better, isn't it?

After swearing I was going to retire from running after the Horse Butte 10 Miler last year, I did it again this year because yellow came out and shuffled along with me. And then last week I did a 14 mile trail race for the bucket list. I trained by myself most of the time this year since my training partner was injured but I managed to keep my brain happy since I was on trails (no iPod for me).

There is no way in h*** I would do those distances on pavement with or without company. Too freakin' boring.

My best advice is to not throw your ribs violently on the ground.

They don't like it.

Oh yeah, gaiters : are a good thing.*

*And HTFU wristbands.
jessmarimba2011-10-01 16:41:17 +0000 #4
I don't solely trail run, but I definitely agree with you on the time passing faster. I pretty much only like to race trails...the finish is always a surprise

None of that seeing the end of the race when you're a mile away and then watching it not get any closer.
Trekhawk2011-10-01 16:29:20 +0000 #5
Thanks for your tips.

I like the look of the gaiters SK, thanks for the link.

How do you carry your water when you run? It is not a problem for me at the moment as I am not going that far and its winter, but I can see I will need to sort that out as runs get longer and hotter.
jessmarimba2011-10-01 16:28:56 +0000 #6
I have one of those 16oz handheld Nathan bottles with the pocket and strap. Good place to keep keys, id, etc. And a camelback lumbar pack for superlong runs. I've tried fuel belts but hate them.
yellow2011-10-01 18:25:57 +0000 #7
This will probably sound odd, but always carry kleenex/TP. For many reasons. I won't elaborate.

Things I always carry on longer runs (in either my waist pack or Nathan vest): water, TP, lip balm with sunscreen, an extra gel, and a couple of bandaids/blister covers (never had to use them, but you never know). On really long runs I carry all that plus extra-extra food, a small pharmacy, my phone or a Spot (if I am in a remote place), a little tube of sunscreen, a map, a get the idea. I pretty much always wear gaiters.

For me it's about more than running. I approach each run as if it were an adventure of sorts. Sometimes they are really, really adventurous and other times the adventure might seem mild to most: seeing a really pretty chickadee or listening to the creek trickle.



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