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1/17/12 11:38 A

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Trail running is amazing :) It is so nice to get away from the chaos of daily life and into the quiet now and then!

You can cehck out and do a search in your area for trail runners. A lot of places have groups already, but if they don't, you can start your own!



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1/16/12 12:54 P

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Hi and welcome Todd!

I'm new to this forum as well and haven't taken the time to introduce myself yet but I'll do that while I reply to you!

I have been on the PA trails for just shy of a year. Prior to being introduced to the trails I had been running roads for about a year, but I think my longest run at that point was 5 miles. I started running to speed up my weight loss by using one of the "Couch to 5K" podcasts.

I started a new job last February and met a fellow runner who completely blew me away when she told me she was training to run her 3rd 100 mile race in a few months. She invited me out on my first trail run which turned out to be one of the steepest, rockiest and knarleyiest mountains in the area. That 5 mile run felt like 500. The very cool thing about it though was that as hard as the first half of the run was, going up the mountain (it was a ski slope), the second half of the run, coming DOWN, was so fun I knew I had to have more.

Fast forward 11 months I now belong to a running club with lots of ultra runners and ran my first ultra (Stone Mill 50 miler) in November.

My best advice to you would be to keep listening to the podcasts and to see if there is a local running club that you can hook up with - especially as a new trail runner you really should go out with people until you learn the trails.

LISTEN to your body, don't do too much too soon.

Welcome to the trails! You'll love it out here.

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1/16/12 12:26 P

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Hey all!

I am new to trail running but I have always enjoyed hiking and being outdoors. I recently read about trail running and ultra marathons and became very interested and excited to to try this sport. I am not a runner and never liked running, except when playing sports, but I have recently found that my time on the treadmill or on a trail is very relaxing and puts me in tune with myself and the world around me. I also enjoy the challenge of mind, body, and spirit that ultras and trail running can give.
Since I am new and training by myself, I am always open to new ideas and advice for training and nutrition on a run. I have been listening to podcasts from Trail Runner Nation and UltraRunner Podcasts that have been very inspiring and informational. Being new to Iowa I don't know many people that are interested in trail running or even ultra training so I am on my own. Help and advice are greatly appreciated.


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