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Rh



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:44 pm    Post subject: Trail running advice needed Reply with quote

Yesterday I ran the first 15k trail race in the Dino series at Eagle Creek Park in Indy. This was a 3-lap race. Dino does the famous Indy Thingy.

I am amaze how runners can fly over the hidden roots etc without falling.
Of course I took a fall on the first lap and finish the race on a slight sprain ankle.

I had my trail shoes on, eyes on the trail and I ran at a slower pace and
still kiss the ground.

I have 7 more trail runs in the series at different parks plus
couple 1/2 trail marathons. I would love to be able run them with confidence.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck Rhonda. I don't know what the answer is. I am always amazed at how fearless and fast the good trail runners are. I constantly scan the trail when I run and it doesn't matter. I feel fortunate to only have one or two spills per race. Leaf covered rocky trails are especially difficult for me to manuever along. I am very slow on the technical trails. At my age I am really afraid of busting something. But I LOVE trail running and don't mind the blood, bruises, scrapes, and gashes and would pick a trail run over a road race any day. Have fun out there!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know the answer, but I might suggest that you not seek advice from Judy.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No answers here either. I've been running trails pretty much exclusively now for 5+ years and I still catch a toe and trip frequently. My natural gait is a shuffle step, so I have to consciously remember to lift my knees and feet when on a technical trail. Good luck Rhonda!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fall in almost every trail race. Too many years on the roads.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doctor F stole my answer!

While I'm definitely still a bit timid, my confidence on the trails has grown considerably with more experience. Of course, just saying that might jinx me for a fall soon!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doctor F wrote:
I don't know the answer, but I might suggest that you not seek advice from Judy.


Au contraire. I'm quite offended by this dig, as I have some great trail running advice:

DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought I was the only one that falls on trails.
Running trails you can't let your mind wander before you know
it you are kissing the ground.

Maybe someday E I will be able to run the the really big hills with you
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are a natural shuffler and don't pick the feet up much, it will be hard to keep from smacking objects protruding from the ground. Normally when I run trails(not often enough) I am constantly scanning the ground 20-30 feet in front of me for potential problems. Awareness is probably the best trhing you can develop. On the other hand if it is all single track technical stuff well................good luck.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kissing the ground... sounds like it should be more fun. What Judy said.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of my running is on trails - rocky Arizona trails and of course I've had numerous scrapes, sprains, broken bones (elbow and broken rib - that was sore).

I do believe that you are less likely to fall when you are going faster - but can't convince myself of that on the steep technical inclines.
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