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4/1/14 8:35 A

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I don't think it sounds ridiculous that people would choose trail or roads due to pain issues. Many people trail run because the soft surface is easier on joints than concrete or asphalt. On the contrary many people prefer road running over trails because they have foot or ankle problems that get irritated by uneven trail surfaces versus a flat paved road.

Some people have balance issues that stop them from running trails, a friend of mine is just afraid of getting lost in the woods so she prefers roads. I don't think anyone's reasons for running as they do are ridiculous, I find it good that they are running at all, versus many who are doing nothing.

I like to run both for different reasons, but tend to do roads more frequently. Trails tend to be more recovery runs for me, for that reason - they relieve the pounding on pavement to my joints and offer variety to ankle positioning and balance.

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CD5465013 Posts: 5,783
3/30/14 2:17 A

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emoticon I do think the Trail Runners are "different" as we are more focused on different things. RACES are focused on different things. Road races are generally bigger and more competitive. While there is usually some seasoned runners that lap back and encourage the newbies, I have found that trail running groups actually WAIT for the last of the pack and celebrate them. It is a different mentality. It is not how fast, per say, it is CAN you DO IT? If so, You win!

Trail runners in life focus on different things as well. My friend that is primarily a road runner always focuses on mileage and getting through it. The trail runners, including myself, may go out for a goal of say 5 miles and then if the terrain takes us less or more, its OK. It is about the journey. Not the result. It's about nature and scenery and for me, all that plus bonding with my dog. He LOVES it!

As for the joints...one can say any surface hurts their joints. For me, it is dependent on my footwear and I am am minimalist who has built up over time. The only surface I feel I NEED cushioning, a few mm at best, is the Y track it is harder than a road to me.

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3/28/14 12:45 P

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"- I can only run on trails - running on roads hurts my joints.
- I can only run on roads - running on trails hurts my joints. "

Ha,ha, I've never heard those, these are indeed funny to me, both sound absolutely ridiculous (apart from very rare severe food deformities maybe).

I do think that trail running attracts different people, not better or worse, just different.
The main reason I don't like road running is because I enjoy nature and find it more relaxing to run away from traffic, noise pollution etc., it feeds the soul. If there happens to be an asphalt trail through a nice, quiet park or nature area I'll still like it, although technically more like road running.
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3/28/14 12:34 P

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I wouldn't say that people are different, Birgit. While there are purists, the number is small. Although of that small group of purists, it's funny to hear them say almost the same thing - one of:

- I can only run on trails - running on roads hurts my joints.
- I can only run on roads - running on trails hurts my joints.

Ok, not funny in a ha ha way but it is funny. But most people I know love both roads and trails.

Perhaps we could agree that people *behave* differently when trail running. For instance, when trail running, we come to sudden stops much more frequently and easily - to look at an animal skeleton, rock formation, plant, tree, etc. Another difference is food: While on the trails, we eat real food - and we enjoy stopping to eat, sharing our food, etc. I'll think of more differences in a minute. :-P

PS: Welcome to the club, Carolyn! I've already detailed on your blog how much I enjoyed your race report but I'll say it again!


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3/28/14 10:35 A

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Hi Carolyn,
great you are joining us. Trail running is so much fun and I find the people are different from road runners. Hope you'll enjoy many trails runs to come. emoticon

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3/28/14 8:30 A

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Hi everyone - First thanks to Pastafarian for telling me about this group. I have been a runner for about 7 years and have completed a couple of marathons, about a dozen halfs, and lots of 10Ks and and 5Ks. However, until a couple of weeks ago I have never done a trail race. A friend of mine who is training for an ultra asked if I wanted to do this race with her, and I thought why not. It was the Citrus Trail Race in Inverness, Florida. I have a full (and rather lengthy) race report on my blog at www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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My next race is a 25K which just so happens to be 3 miles from my house (JW Corbett), and I am looking forward to that, as there is pretty much nothing within 3 miles of my house other than some other houses. I know the terrain in that area and am confident that it is going to be MUCH tougher than Citrus.

I am looking forward to learning more about trail racing and adding more trail races to my schedule. I also picked up my mountain bike last weekend, and I forgot how much fun and challenging that is, so maybe there will be an Xterra in my future.

-Carolyn

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