Trail Runners - Any RJs into the Sport?

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    Sep 04, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    I did a trail run Marathon last October and really go into it. I am trying to train for another one, in view that on my first one my time was 8hrs/30 minutes not the best, but considered the beauty of elevation of going up 2000 feet and then 500 and then up again. I was wondering if there are other RJ who have some tips and avid Trail Runners.
  • mmmm_mmmm

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    Sep 04, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    Never actually been in a trail running race, but my training run is a trail run about 18 miles in length with about 6500 feet of climbing. Tips? I guess mixing it up a bit with short sprints for speed and longer runs for endurance.
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    Sep 04, 2010 2:52 AM GMT
    First half marathon coming up in November...Seattle
  • trevchaser

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    Sep 04, 2010 3:28 AM GMT
    I do a walk...not a run...haha. It's 1.6 miles long and has a verticle elevation of 2800 feet. It takes about an hour to do. Under an hour if you're really fit!

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    But the view at the top if fantastic:

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    Sep 04, 2010 3:32 AM GMT
    Wow Trev that is amazing and challenging.
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    Sep 05, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    Anybody here do the Dipsea Run in Marin County, north of San Francisco?

    The first time I ever encountered a trail runner I was out on a six-mile naked hike. I had seen a glint or movement off in the distance and before I had a chance to pull my shorts on, he was on me in a flash. All I could do was wave a Hi, and he was gone.

    The next day at the office I found out a coworker knew him, a dedicated trail runner after work.
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    Sep 05, 2010 8:55 PM GMT
    NakedBuddThe first time I ever encountered a trail runner I was out on a six-mile naked hike. I had seen a glint or movement off in the distance and before I had a chance to pull my shorts on, he was on me in a flash. All I could do was wave a Hi, and he was gone.

    The next day at the office I found out a coworker knew him, a dedicated trail runner after work.


    icon_biggrin.gif Shame, he did not say nice buns..LOL
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    Sep 05, 2010 10:14 PM GMT
    i love trail running, after mtbiking that's what i prefer.
    i did a few races also .
    i love both technical and smooth trails, depends on my mood.
  • Ironman4U

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    Sep 09, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    I love running trails. My favorite workout of the week is when I can do a long trail run down by the river. Surrounded by nature, it beats the heck out of running roads any day and much better workout for you too.
  • DanOmatic

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    Sep 09, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    I love running and racing on the trails, and I've been doing them for a few years now. There are 40km of trails practically right out of my backdoor. This fall I am registered for 7 trail races. Haven't done a trail marathon yet, but a few 14-milers and half marathon distance races. I do most of my running on trails in general; running on pavement is not very interesting, and it seems to make me more injury-prone.
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    Sep 09, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    NC3athlete saidI love running and racing on the trails, and I've been doing them for a few years now. There are 40km of trails practically right out of my backdoor. This fall I am registered for 7 trail races. Haven't done a trail marathon yet, but a few 14-milers and half marathon distance races. I do most of my running on trails in general; running on pavement is not very interesting, and it seems to make me more injury-prone.


    true. i can run on trails with almost any shoes and i feel fine.

    do you guys tend to prefer smooth or more technical trails ? I mix both, the smooth for speed , the tech for fun .
  • DanOmatic

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    Sep 09, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    I like technical trails the best. When I run trails that are a mix of technical and smooth, I always am a bit disappointed when I have to run on the smooth stretches.
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    Sep 10, 2010 8:50 AM GMT
    NC3 Athletestated
    love running and racing on the trails, and I've been doing them for a few years now. There are 40km of trails practically right out of my backdoor. This fall I am registered for 7 trail races. Haven't done a trail marathon yet, but a few 14-milers and half marathon distance races. I do most of my running on trails in general; running on pavement is not very interesting, and it seems to make me more injury-prone.

    I agree NC3 - I think what has turned me to trail running is the majesty of some landscapes and the serenity of it all....as I was approaching the 17 mile run on the trail marathon, the trail descended to a forest area where some of the biggest redwoods were located, climbing to an unprecedented height, but also the sunlight coming through an angle in essence sort of a cathedral...hard to explain...the closet of imagery would be one of the Lord of the Rings movies... with a classic Marathon you certainly do not get this. However, some of the trail was dangerous very narrow only one runner at a time could go through, but I noticed that this specialty of runner is far in between, in this Marathon the number of participants is less about 40 to 60 compared to the normal Marathon venues, also the support and praise of each runner was a bit uncanny as you would pass someone or someone pass me by was just continual support for the run. I did hit a wall on mile 20, which my back started hurting, which is a reflection now on more core workout and also switching to a camel hydration back pack rather than the waistline hydration pack I was using. Oddly, enough my legs, calfs, and quads were fine and I know it was the weightlifting program on the lower body that helped also.

    On the injury side, I noticed that I need running shoes gear to more trail running rather than my high profile sole as my Brooks Addiction in view that in some areas of the trail it was all plain roots of the redwoods covering the trail, at one point I bruised my ankle because of my foot trying to land in a flat surface which was hard to gage. This is also the new argument against shoe manufacturers that has surface to move to a more minimalist shoe wear rather than all the padding currently in our running shoes which are causing more injuries...running even barefoot or moving to Vibram Fingers. I am in the process of buying some Vibram and start to do this since a friend of mine has started the process.