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Running on Dirt vs. Pavement

Friday, October 22, 2010

I usually run on dirt because it feels better, somewhat soft and springy. When I run on pavement it seems more difficult, very hard, non-forgiving asphalt. Concrete is even worse, I never run on that. Does anyone else notice a difference in their running ability on different surfaces?
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DIXIECHIC60 10/22/2010 5:12PM

    When I run on trail it is like running on a cloud. As you said asphalt is not forgiving and concrete is pure hell.

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PAMATX 10/22/2010 4:37PM

    My order of preference is: (1) Dirt; (2) Asphalt; (3) Concrete. There's a nice trail near my office that is dirt and runs along the river. Now that it's cooling off, I'm going to be hitting it on my lunch break more often. I feel lucky!

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ADKONKLE 10/22/2010 1:29PM

    You don't appreciate trails until you run them. I started on the Mill, moved to sidewalks, now the open trails are calling me.

Ran yesterday at Lunch 2.5 Miles in the October Glory. I used to chuckle at people running in Shorts on a 50 degree day, but I get it now.

I don't think I go as fast on soft surfaces, but you can really enjoy the effort of the trail and let your mind clear.


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ANMISU 10/22/2010 1:13PM

    Yes, I find the same. I always like to opt for the dirt, or small gravel, paths when I can. Unfortunately where I live I have to drive about half an hour or so to get to one so I usually only get to on the weekends. Worth it though!

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