SparkPeople Trail Runners Team Messageboard Anyone who is into trail running and racing, from short distance to the ultra long stuff! From beginner to veteran! Come play in the mud with us and have some fun!! SparkPeople Trail Runners Team Messageboard Metronome running Has anyone tried this? Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:36:30 EST trail running skin care With warmer weather comes thoughts of skin care for the trail. Here's the order I follow: <BR> <BR> Days ahead of run: <BR> 1) treat clothes with premethrin (for ticks) <BR> 2) file down calluses <BR> 3) trim toenails and file sharp edges <BR> <BR> Day of run: <BR> 4) sunblock (carefully avoiding eyes, grrr) <BR> 5) let sunblock be absorbed <BR> 6) facial moisturizer <BR> 7) lip sunblock/balm <BR> 8) bug repellent on exposed skin (except face) <BR> <BR> After run. <BR> 9) Scrub down in sho... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:40:53 EST 50K Anyone interested in 50K races? These are invariably trail races. (I'm not aware of there being a road 50K.) A 50K can be more fun than a shorter trail race because you run so much slower that you don't even feel like it's any effort. (For a 50K with a typical 8-hour cutoff, you just need to do a 15min mile.) <BR> <BR> Not only is running easier but talking is easier and drinking is easier. Food is served on the course and the aid stations are a good excuse to stop for several minutes. Stopp... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:02:50 EST Turkey Trots - Trail Runs I challenge you all to get signed up for a trail run yet this fall or a turkey trot of any distance. <em>306</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:11:37 EST waterproof socks I've seen other trail runners in waterproof socks but last I looked, reviews were iffy - a lot of people said they were unreliable. I've been reading new reviews and feel more confident this year. <BR> <BR> I've been looking mostly at: <BR> <BR> Dexshell Thermlite (ankle height) <BR> Dexshell Trekking, HyTherm (mid-calf) <BR> Sealskinz (variety of heights) <BR> Rocky Goretex (mid-calf) <BR> <BR> Looked at Hanz Chillblocker but these have much less satisfaction on Amazon reviews. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:02:42 EST Hello from your new team leader! Strangely enough, I'm the last person who posted in the introduce yourself forum below. <BR> <BR> Since then, I have run 2 ultras, and pretty much run trails exclusively now, except when volunteering as a pacer for road races. I have been running since 2007, exercising regularly since 2000, and unlike most runners, I strength train regularly. Ask me anything about running or fitness, I probably know the answer! Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:00:09 EST Howdy! Trail running is my ambition. I love nature and the forests invigorate me. Feeling the fresh morning air on my face, while running up and down some mountainside trail would be a dream come true. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:20:08 EST Team Points Do you spin for the Trail Runners each morning? Tell us how many points we earned today! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:44:00 EST How do you log your trail runs? I've been running trails for a while, but I'm not been sure how to log my runs on SparkPeople. I usually take my average time for uphill and downhill and pull a minute and lock it at for the actual time run. So if I have a run like today which averaged out to 12 minute pace for 65 minutes, I log it as 11 minute pace for 65 minutes. <BR> <BR> not sure if this is really scientifically-based, so I'm interested to hear how other people want their training here Sat, 6 Jun 2015 13:53:47 EST sock washing A topic of supreme importance: What's the right way to wash socks after being on the trails? <BR> <BR> Usually, I pull them off my feet so they are inside out and throw them in the washing machine in the same orientation thinking that it's dead skin cells from my feet that needs to be cleaned away. <BR> <BR> But after muddy trail runs, the outside is pretty dirty and the dirt won't be cleaned if they're inside out. But flipping them right-side out, leaves the outside dirty. <BR> <BR> I've ... Sun, 10 May 2015 10:53:11 EST Ultra who here has run an ultra? anyone? <BR> <BR> I ran 20 miles on the trail last weekend and I was far less sore than a road 20 miler. <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:56:16 EST Odd Race Distance - Need Advice on Longest Run I am relatively new to trail running but I have been road running and racing for a number of years. I've done a couple of marathons and a bunch of halfs. <BR> <BR> I have a trail race coming up in 3 weeks, that is 18 miles. For marathons the longest run is 3 weeks out and for half marathons it's 2 weeks out. This morning I did 14 miles and planned to do 16 miles next week which is 2 weeks before the race, The week before the race I plan on doing 10. <BR> <BR> This might be a little late to... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 11:42:51 EST Brag time! Tell us about your running victories! What has been working well in your running regime? Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:52:40 EST New running shoes I always start off my Spring running season in new shoes. <BR> Do you have any suggestions on what would work best for my 45-65 minute run <BR> mainly on hilly terrain-often muddy. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:12:00 EST Advise needed: Keeping feet dry I just discovered that an upcoming race has a river crossing that is deep and wide - at least 40' across. I don't know how deep - but I'm going to plan for 4' deep. <BR> <BR> Since this is a winter race, the temperatures could be well below freezing and my feet don't do well when they get cold and wet. (I've run many times through winter streams - don't bother telling me my feet will quickly warm up again - doesn't happen for me. They just become numb and never warm up.) <BR> <BR> So I'm tr... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:51:29 EST winter trail running I thought I'd have to stick to roads and treadmill when the snow started falling, but i've been out on snow-covered trails 3 times so far in the past week and I am surprisingly finding winter trail running to be SO much easier than summer trails! My paces are much faster and everything feels light and easy. I'm not complaining, but kind of baffled as to why this is happening? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:03:54 EST 4 things that I will do today to reach my goals: 4 things that I will do today to reach my goals: <BR> 1. Go for a run after Church <BR> 2. Clean my office <BR> 3 Very low carb eating today <BR> 4. No food with white flour or sugar. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:23:17 EST What's cookin' good look in'? What healthy meals do you create to keep you running? Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:17:37 EST Unleashed dogs and their #$%^ owners I didn't used to scared of dogs, but after 7 years of running and countless encounters with dog owners with off leash dogs (in areas where it is not allowed), nearly being tripped and clotheslined by wayward leashes, I am sick of it. For whatever reason, even leashed dogs all lunge at me, or I am chased and sniffed. Obviously, it's less of a problem if the dog is leashed, but in the past 2 weeks, I've had a couple of incidents where the owner of the unleashed dog has actually gotten hostile... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:22:09 EST Tracking trail running How do you track your trail runs? I realize there's a lot of variables, but is there a formula anyone has used? Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:14:55 EST new to trail running I have been running for a long time, but always road. Only started running trails this spring and I hated it at first but determined to get to the point where I didn't hate it anymore. Attempted my first double digit trail race (14.4K) this past weekend, rolled my ankle and ended up with my first DNF. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:14:04 EST 10 Essentials for Trail Running Most of my trail runs have been not so far from civilization. We're lucky to have some great well used trails not far. I'm looking to move to longer runs on some favorite hiking trails but I'm unsure what to cut from my typical hiking load. Curious what others take with them to remain prepared while running on trails away from more populated areas. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:50:43 EST Full Moon Challenge Race Last Night Last night was a very cool inaugral race that I could not participate in, as I broke my ankle a few weeks ago. Actually I was going to do a few things in the yard first, and then sign up for this race online, but slipped and fell and broke the ankle while I was doing the yard chores. At least I didn't spend the money for nothing! Regardless of the ankle, I attended the race to cheer on my boyfriend. <BR> <BR> The race was run in Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, Florida. It wa... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:30:57 EST New Trail Runner in Florida Hi Team. I am an older runner (54) and didn't start running until my mid 40s. Since then I have done countless 5ks and 10ks, 13 half marathons, and 2 marathons, all on the road. Earlier this year, after talking with a friend who does ultras, she asked if I wanted to do a couple of trail runs in west Florida. I couldn't do both, but agreed to do the Citrus Trail, as they had some good options for distance - 4 miles, 10 miles, Marathon, and 50K. I opted for the 10 miler as I didn't want to d... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:33 EST runner in WA Hey all, <BR> <BR> I like to run marathons I have run 2 fulls and countless halves, focusing on the full right now. I want to BQ in 2016. My goal right now is to lose ~ 5-10 lbs and get my per mile pace down to ~730 for the 10k (road) then keep the strength training up so the full pace stays comfortably around 8 for a fall 2016 BQ run. (812 is BQ pace for my age group.) <BR> <BR> I train on trails with my German Shepherd dog when I can, I used to exclusively trail train for my first full. ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:36:02 EST Beyond the run... What other kinds of exercise to you enjoy besides the run? Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:30:19 EST What keeps you running? I run to keep type !! Diabetes in check, but also for the rhythm of the run, the beauty that I see and it is my favorite time of the day to be alone to pray and think. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:11:24 EST Rest for recovery after running? After 5-7 miles on the trail I'm beat. I feel like I have enough energy to make it through and past my runs (with combos of snacks, water and electrolytes). Really, my calories are probably more than sufficient. But usually by the time I get home, I'm beat. The tiredness lasts the rest of the day and sometimes is enough that I can't really concentrate to do the things I should be doing. I should stop fighting the craving for a nap and just snooze for 20 minutes or so. <BR> <BR> I real... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:08:48 EST Trail Half? Hey folks! <BR> <BR> So here's the confession - I am much more a road runner than a trail runner. In fact, the only trails I've run are less than a mile behind my school where I run with some co-workers occasionally. <BR> <BR> My friend and I signed up for a half on June 8 ... Not realizing it was a very complex trail half (it's the North Face half at Great Falls, VA). <BR> <BR> There are not a lot of trails near where I live ... Any suggestions as to how I can build up my endurance to fi... Thu, 8 May 2014 07:52:19 EST Hello from PA I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself. <BR> My name is Martha, and I just started trail running (running in general actually) around this time last year. I am definitely hooked. This winter was a rough one, the trails around me were pretty icy, and it seems like we are permanently in some sort of hunting season which definitely put the kibosh on a lot of outdoor activity. <BR> My first trail race of the season isn't until late July - but I am just going to take the summer to enjoy na... Tue, 6 May 2014 11:42:37 EST Back again! Hello folks! I joined this team quite a while back with every intention of starting my train running journey, but life got in the way of my fitness commitment and I forgot to put myself first. <BR> <BR> So, I'm trying again. <BR> <BR> I'm Beth, I like to run, but I'm starting over as a runner <BR> I love to hike...that much hasn't changed. <BR> <BR> I hope to combine them both, with a little help from the good folks here on the forum, once the snow has melted down a bit. I get the hardco... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:51:52 EST Trail Newbie 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 m... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:30:33 EST How are you preparing for your runs? Spring is here! What changes are you making in your running gear or routine to help you reach your running goals? Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:36:56 EST How do you protect your feet from injury? My feet are vital to my heart health. I spend a lot of money on socks and running shoes in order to stay strong. My husband thinks that I am "a bit compulsive" about having happy feet. <BR> What do you do for your feet in order to stay running and hiking? Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:39:43 EST Low carbohydrate Do any of you follow a low carb diet? Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:19:37 EST Considering signing up for first 10k I'm a little intimidated by so many of you and your long runs, races and hikes while I'm such a newbie and a slow progressing newbie at that. <BR> <BR> To keep me motivated and to help me make progress on some longer term goals, I decided that a 10k in the future is needed. I went online and found a race that really interests me but it's only a month away. Races further out just aren't as interesting as this one. <BR> <BR> I'd like some input on how I know if I'm ready or if this is too ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:56:36 EST 2014 challenges I challenge the Trail Runners to run 5 miles a week every week of the year. Can you do it? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 06:08:16 EST Newton trail shoes This week, I tried Newton's new BOCO AT trail shoes. (Why it has to be in all caps is beyond me.) A bit more traditional than than their weirdly untraditional road shoes. The lugs are conservative, the cushioning is conservative, and the price is more conservative than their ridiculously high-priced road shoes. <BR> <BR> One thing I liked is that the toebox is mega-roomy and all-weather. (No mesh in the toe box unlike most other shoes.) <BR> <BR> One thing I didn't like was that it was very... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:01:34 EST Hello Everyone! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've just joined this team so thought I'd quickly introduce myself. I'm in my early 50s and started running 4 years ago. I fell in love with it and went through a couple of years where I ran a half marathon almost every month. I have ZERO desire to do a full marathon on the road and was looking for a challenge so turned to the trails in 2013. <BR> <BR> I love the trails because you can run the same trail every weekend and it's always different- things change with ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:38:31 EST 50k Have any of you ever did a 50k? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:10:58 EST Another newbie here. I just thought about looking for a trail running group and here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm not new to SparkPeople and I'm not new to hiking. But I'm newbie to trail running but I don't consider myself a runner yet. I joined a 5k trail beginner group a few weeks ago that meets one evening per week. Due to a slow healing foot (from a surgery last Feb.) I was told not to run and I've been working with a physical therapist. Then I sprained my ankle jogging when I was shouldn't have been... I'm cl... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 23:08:36 EST govt shutdown => trails closed As a federal employee, I now have some time on my hands. Alas, the national park trails are closed. I live just a quarter mile from the C&O Canal NHP and I'm not allowed on it! They even shut down the web server. And some races are announcing they are suspended or cancelled. <BR> <BR> Ok, I realize some people are affected more seriously by the shutdown but I'm thinking I should ask for my money back on my $80 annual national park pass - if only there were people to ask. But no, they... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 08:12:52 EST Where Are All the Trail Runners?? I know they are out there, I was just reading a post on FB about overcrowding in trail races. So what gives?? I would love to talk to people that love the trails like I do, but it seems to be 2 or 3 people here. What can we do to get things going here? Thu, 26 Sep 2013 03:27:23 EST Falling into Fall What changes do you make to your life and running routine with cooler temps? Tue, 20 Aug 2013 06:24:56 EST Intro Hi, Everyone. <BR> <BR> I am a empty-nester and grandmother who wants to restart her life, and who has tried to lose weight for decades, but who does not believe in looking back. (I've been on Spark before and got sidelined when I tried to start running & tearing a tendon in my foot.) So, I am back now with great conviction. I know what to eat, know how to slowly recover, and I exercise as best as I can. I only need help discovering the patience it takes to lose a great deal of weight. Are y... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 17:06:32 EST June 16th to 23rd Challenge I want to start getting in the habit of journaling my progress. This week I will journal each time I go on a trail run. It wil lhelp me see where I need to improve. I will log my gym time too. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:22:35 EST New to Trails My name is Charles and my wife and myself have just started running recently and found that trail runs are more to our liking than road running. We are still learning and haven't gone on and long runs yet, but plan to in the future. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 18:21:52 EST Harpers Ferry HM Did the Harpers Ferry HM over the week. It's one of my fav races because it's half road, half trails so you get a nice mix. And the trail covers all sorts of terrain. Even includes some beach along the Shenandoah River (as well as a campground where people are wandering around in robes and nightgowns having their coffee and first cigarette of the day as we're running through what is essentially their front yard). <BR> <BR> The fun part is when it goes through the historic Harpers Ferry which... Sun, 12 May 2013 21:27:19 EST Upcoming runs? WIth Spring coming up I'd be interested to know what races/runs people have lined up. I have signed up for the only my third trail run, and the first beyond my immediate surroundings - the Liberty Lake (WA) 8-mile run on May 11. Anyone in the area who is interested, here is the link: <link><BR>Run.html </link> <BR> <BR> Who else is running this spring? <em>41</em> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 01:24:32 EST shoes? I'm new to trail running (and this group, so Hi!) and was wondering what kinds of shoes were acceptable. In Florida currently so I won't be doing strenuous ups and downs or real cold weather. My hiking shoes fell apart over a year ago and I've been wearing my old walking shoes instead. Would those be alright to jog in on a trail? <BR> I'm also considering going barefoot, but am worried about pointy twigs and such. <BR> What do you all think about either? Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:08:42 EST trail marathon thoughts My trail marathon is coming up this weekend and the closer it gets, the more unprepared I feel. Food/hydration is my biggest concern. To hear others talk, they're paying little attention to it and tell me stories of eating M&Ms, Pringles, and all sorts of crazy things (the aid stations for this race have been known to put out chocolate-covered bacon, grilled-cheese sandwiches, and even vodka). <BR> <BR> Instead, they're more worried about foot care and they're obsessing over how to tape thei... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:31:06 EST Hello! I am new to the team but not SP. I love trail running and would do that exclussively if time and weather allowed! It is also unfortunate there are not a lot of trail races nearby, although there are some that are way out of my league at this point! I am a minimalist convert, and run in FiveFingers, wear them to work, and am careful to always wear at least zero drop shoes and boots in winter when my FiveFingers get wet too easily. Glad to be here! Sat, 23 Feb 2013 17:03:43 EST The worst thing about trails I used to think mud was the worst thing but recently, I've decided that water crossings are the worst IF they look deceptively like you can step from stone to stone and stay dry. I'll stand on the bank and contemplate the path for several minutes, then proceed to gingerly step or hop from one stone to another, only to find one is tippy or slippery. Surprise! So after all that work, I'll fall in and get wet. And getting one shoe wet is worse than two. You can quickly get used to two. But with ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:02:30 EST I'm A Newbie Hi Trail Runners Team, <BR> <BR> I'm 57 yrs. of age, only with SP since January 2013, lost 1 lb.- YAY! I wanted to join because I love to be out there on the trail, but I don't run well, so I joined as a trail walker. I hope that's ok? It's the nature I crave! There's nothing I'd rather do than trail hike! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Pattye Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:29:13 EST Mizuno Mizery I've been wearing Mizuno WaveRiders for at least 5 years and now that I'm doing more trails, I notice that a portion of the sole tends to catch stones. It's a big cup right under the center. If it catches a stone that sticks out, all of a sudden you're balancing on the damn thing with every stride. On my last long run, I must have stopped 30 times to clear stones or snow. <BR> <BR> I called Mizuno and the representative said that "pocket" in the sole is to lighten the weight and is present ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:17:55 EST keeping concentration? I've been doing longer trail runs than I've ever done before and I notice that it's hard to keep concentrating. As soon as I stop paying attention to tree roots, I'm tripping over one. And I did a 16M run yesterday and during the last few miles, I realized that while I was seeing the snow, I wasn't actually processing what I was seeing. It was more like just a background pattern on my desktop - I was ignoring it because it was just the same thing over and over again. Suggestions for dealing ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:51:16 EST New to the team! I am new to this team. I love running in the outdoors. I have not ran in shoes for years. I run in Vibram Five Fingers or barefoot and running has never been more fun. I enjoy running in the High Uintas and Wasatch Mountains. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:45:20 EST Just joined a winter trail program My local running club just started its first training program for trails in winter. I joined just to be social. Does anyone need a training program for trails? Is it that mysterious? What kind of things would you like to see covered in such a program? (Our program has a goal race of the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon & 50K but only about half the people identified that as their goal race.) <BR> <BR> But I may have learned something already. The coach said trail shoes are only help... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 03:27:31 EST Today's trail encounters I find that running outside and off road gives me opportunities to encounter all forms of Mother Nature. Animals are a big part of that as well as beautiful scenery, weather, and other people. So I thought it would be cool to hear what people encounter when they head out each day. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> Weekend 60min run through QE2 Park - I spooked a pair of quails. They do that crazy zigzag run which is rather funny. And I also heard my friendly pheasants in the bushes but no sight... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:32:59 EST Trail running Thanks for the invite Jstetser! I never though about trail running (I always thought of it as running up hill) but I run on the trails in town all the time! I would rather run on the trails than on the road. What a great team! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:18:58 EST Hello from Birmingham UK Hey everyone. I've been running for about 3 years now, and love it. Recently, I entered a spartan Sprint and crawling around in mud was so my thing! I'm hoping to mix up the races with a mix of off road and road running. I look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> xoxo Sat, 6 Oct 2012 08:35:08 EST Hi from Kapiti Coast, New Zealand I'm not much of a joiner but thought it prudent to join a Spark Team for support. I am a trail runner with a lot of mountains in my trail. I took up off road running when I moved from the city out to a beach community and found myself on the border of a beautiful wild coastal park with miles of sand dunes to run up and down. It's so beautiful to run up to a crest and look out over the ocean with wind whipping at your hair and then down into a hot still pocket in the dunes. Glorious! Make... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:00:09 EST New Personal Goals What are you reaching for in your life right now? Please tell us about it! <em>306</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 06:24:28 EST PRIZES! I will start giving out SparkGoodies to the team members with the most points and fitness minutes each week! Go earn those points for the "health" of it!! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:42:05 EST Newbie to the group Greetings all. I know some of you from my other teams, races, etc! <BR> <BR> When I was sidelined from my road running by Tendinitis, I started hiking the Wildwood Trail in Portland to maintain my sanity. My PT suggested I try trail running once I was okayed to start back up again, and I've come to the conclusion I've found my niche! I've always loved being in the forest, adding running to that and I'm in heaven. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:52:43 EST What word best describers your day? Trail Runners, <BR> Give me the word that best describes your day. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:32:39 EST loves running outdoors! Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself to the name is Amanda and I am hooked on running! I run outside all year round, & I live in Pa so I get all four seasons! Early this year I ran the Laurel Highlands Ultra trail run with a relay team of friends and had a blast. This awesome trail is in my backyard, how lucky am I. Already signed up for next year, & eventually want to run the whole 70+ solo! Also on my list of favorites are mud runs, I did Run Ruckus this year and Tou... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 06:56:50 EST Intro to Trail Runners Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just a little line to note that I'm just so really happy to have found Trail Runners. Looking forward to getting to know you a little better over time and hope to be actively involved as much as I can. Getting healthy involves a real time commitment, and much of my effort will be concentrated on what goes on in the kitchen, at the dinner table, plus gaining a real sense of balance between rest and outdoor activity. Glad that we have found each other on this journey! <BR> <... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:51:11 EST Falling down I've noticed I've been falling down a lot. It's not a problem I've always had, seems worse the past couple of years. I mostly run on roads 4-5 days a week with a trail run once a week - the falling is worse on trails, but I still occasionally fall on roads - mostly if the sidewalk is uneven (have also slipped on ice). <BR> <BR> The side to side type ankle twist types of things don't usually get me. It's the forward moving trips and oddly I seem to mostly fall to my left and even the same are... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:58:59 EST What is your favorite trail destination? Do you have a favorite spot to run? My favorite trail is the ridge that leads to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. It has spectacular views, and is a quiet, spot. I've only been there once, but I will be back! Sat, 14 Jul 2012 05:39:37 EST Favorite places/trails to run Do you have a favorite spot that you go often to run? <BR> Mine is Fox Forest near my home. The trails are quiet, and I know them well. <em>213</em> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 06:42:29 EST New Team Leader Hi Team, <BR> I will be leading Trail Runners along with AbsoluteZero. This is my first Spark People Team Leading experience for me. I also lead a Facebook page for Rabbit Ear Films. We are making a 90 minute, HD documentary for PBS. Check us out! <BR> Any how, I will be posting every day possible, and look forward to reading your posts. <BR> Happy trails to you! <BR> JStetser Sun, 3 Jun 2012 06:55:29 EST Hello from the seacoast of NH Hello, I just started running in January and am now moving into trail running. What a blast! I work at an outdoor based alt ed school and take kids out hiking, biking, canoeing, etc... every friday. Since I'm new to the school (2nd year) I'm still learning the trails to lead them on, so this is a natural fit. I love it, I can research a 4 hr trip with the kids in about 1 hr of running and find alternate bail out points. I would love to find some other runners who are looking to try a v... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 17:28:22 EST What's The Chat? Whats been happening out there in the Trail Runners team? <BR> <BR> Did everyone have a great weekend? <BR> <BR> What have you all got planned for this week? <BR> <BR> Feel free to use this topic for general team chat. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:17:23 EST Hi Everybody Just thought i would say hi to everyone in the team. <BR> <BR> Really hope to get to know a lot of you and all about your trail adventures. <BR> <BR> All the best. <BR> <BR> Live4TheTrail. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:43:24 EST Favorite trail races? What are your favorite trail races? What makes it a great race? Scenery? Logistics? Support? Pre/post race festivities? Lodging? Weather? Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:10:03 EST Need Training the way; hello there! Hey all! <BR> <BR> 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... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:26:17 EST January 2012 Running and Training What has everyone getting up to this month? What training are you putting in? What amazing trails is everyone running? <BR> <BR> Let us all know what you are up to. <BR> <BR> Outdoorsy Dad Sat, 7 Jan 2012 11:34:48 EST What Do You Have Planned For 2012? With 2012 just around the corner i was wondering what plans, goals or resolutions everyone had? <BR> <BR> I have promised myself that i am going to <BR> <BR> 1. Read More. <BR> 2. Get Back Into My Music. <BR> 3. Run My First Marathon. <BR> 4. Get The Kids More Active. <BR> 5. Enjoy Life More And Worry Less. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone's 2012 gets of to a flyer. <BR> <BR> Outdoorsy Dad. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:29:27 EST Hi Everyone Hey all i am new to the team and thought i would share 10 things about me to break the ice. <BR> <BR> 1. I live in the UK <BR> 2. I am scared of flying (have flown in the past, not a great experience) <BR> 3. I have a pet miniature Jack Russel. <BR> 4. My favorite film is Despicable ME <BR> 5. I cant stand Cherry's Or Kidney Beans. <BR> 6. I suffer from OCD and i am world class procrastinator. <BR> 7. I once kicked a ball through a basketball hoop from the other end of the court (never been ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:53:19 EST Newbie Glad to find a Team that's truly inspirational. You are where I picture myself to be! Hoping for some good training tips and friendship along the way. Fri, 7 Oct 2011 01:15:54 EST Hi Fellow Trail Runners New to Sparks and wanted to add myself to the small but growing members of the Trail Runners SparkTeam Page. Lots of scheduled trail runs can be found in the greater Bay Area at <BR> Happy Trail Running <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 13:17:53 EST Top of the morning to ya! Hi, everyone! I'm Jaime and I'm new to trail running, old to road running. I recently moved to San Francisco from Orlando in July. I signed myself up for the Stinson Beach Marathon series in November and didn't realize it is a trail race! Do I wear pants or shorts? Help! Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:21:02 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:33:36 EST trail miles today Did a fun 7 mile loop this am with a great group of trail runners! <BR> <BR> How do you guys log your trail miles on Spark? I just end up putting them under my milage tracker. Just wonder how everyone else logs them. I know that I am burning way more cals than the trackers says on the trail days so it's good I am not really tracking cals. Sun, 21 Aug 2011 11:31:15 EST hello ran my first trail run in March (a 10k) and feel in love with trail running. Currently training for the NorthFace challange in Oct going to run the half! <BR> Brandy Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:56:35 EST Unal Peak Trail Run Had a short but really great run today in the mountains, check out my blog to see a short video report. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423960 </link> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 01:03:23 EST I need advice: half-marathon trail run I usually don't have any trouble making up my mind. But this time I do. <BR> I entered a Half-marathon trail run in my area, the Moscow Mountain Madness, on Sept.11 that has a lot of uphill and downhill and is considered a "technical" run. I did one HM before this March that was completely level and I ran in very cool weather. <BR> This time temps could be as high as the 80's and this run does not have a separate sections for walkers/slow joggers, in fact I probably wouldn't get a time if I... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:09:59 EST Random Thoughts for August Good morning! <BR> <BR> I am missing the trails so much! Cannot wait till I can get some dirt on my shoes! <BR> <BR> Read a funny in Ultra Running today from Bruce Robie on running the Rainier to Ruston Ultra... <BR> <BR> "It's strangely enticing to me to be part of a sport where getting lost and running through ankle-deep mud or rivers is part of the game. <BR> <BR> Pampered marathons on manicured, sanctioned road courses was good times. But this all-day ultra thing that conjures for... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 10:11:45 EST trail running is fun! I just started running trails after almost a year of running. I like it so much better than road running and am hoping to learn a lot from more experienced trail runners. <BR> Trail running is a lot more like hiking, esp. the more technical trails, and right now my trail run training is at least half walking (most of the uphill parts). <BR> I'm more interested in being in a beautiful environment than in competition but sometimes I enter an event to have a goal to work towards. Right now I e... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:01:03 EST Checking in. Hello everyone. I'm training for a half marathon. Most of my running is done on either the beach path or on the sidewalks of my neighborhood. I've just discovered a local park that has a couple of awesome trails. Much nicer than running close to traffic. <BR> <BR> I've also done two mud runs which were just awesome. And of course, the slower you run, the more time you spend on the course, therefore the more fun you can have. <BR> Mon, 8 Aug 2011 12:57:56 EST Running - sidewalk or trail? I am the new leader for this group. I thought I would begin by just sharing some thoughts on why I am a trail runner primarily. I do still run on the street because it is not always easy to get to a good trail. Nearest one for me is about 30 minutes from my house. <BR> <BR> The trail is about the excitement of unpredictability. The terrain changes from step to step. Mile by mile the trail turns up and then turns down. Rocky underfoot requiring watching foot placement every step. Then... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 12:40:35 EST Is everyone getting outside!?! Wow! It is an absolutely gorgeous time to go trail running. I went yesterday and the new flowers and smells and sounds were wonderful! I would love to here if others are out there enjoying it as I am!! Sat, 21 May 2011 08:29:02 EST Newbie runner I just started running 7 weeks ago using the C25K program. I didn't really have any fitness goal when I started, I was just doing it to get into shape. I realized that I really enjoy running and can't wait to run a 5k. Yesterday I went for a morning hike with my husband and there were a lot of trail runners. It was the first time I've gotten really excited about an exercise. It looked like a lot of hard work, but it also looked like a lot of fun. I'm not sure yet when I'll be able to train, b... Sun, 15 May 2011 08:44:52 EST Mud Run So I ran my first trail race this weekend, and I'm hooked! <BR> <BR> I have been debating signing up for <link> </link> and wanted to pass on the link to others who may find running + obstacles + mud as fun sounding as I find it! :) Not sure I'm in good enough shape yet, but that'd sure be a motivator for me! Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:03:12 EST Trail shoes So, everyone, I am so beyond excited and just had to tell someone. I just found out that the Columbus area has a trail runners club, and they're running Saturday, and I'm going to run off road <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> (Where is the super-giddy jumping up and down emoticon???) <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm going to celebrate my new discovery and upcoming new adventures the only way a runner truly can -- SHOE SHOPPING! <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> I already Facebook'd my shoe g... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:22:38 EST Thinking warm thoughts This weather is killing me! I miss running off road (and off road does not = treadmill)! I cannot wait to get back to my precious arboretum, and my bioreserve! <BR> <BR> How about you guys! <BR> <BR> I figured I'd throw out a question, since this team hasn't been active for awhile. It's definitely something I've been wondering about as a relatively new runner! When I run in the summertime, how do I avoid having white feet when the rest of my legs are tan... or will I just have to forever s... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:42:34 EST Daily/weekly challenges? In addition to the team challenges, is there interest in this team of doing daily or weekly challenges? <BR> <BR> Dailies would be something simple, like doing calf raises or pushups. <BR> <BR> Weekly I'd probably give you three tasks to complete throughout the week, such as running uphill, doing crunches, getting your 8 glasses a day in? <BR> <BR> Whaddya think? Interested? If so should I do daily or weekly? I help with these in the Columbus team with varying success. <BR> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 09:53:28 EST Challenges have been updated! Using suggestions in the other thread I updated the team challenges. <BR> <BR> Instead of running outside one mile per day, I did 5 miles a week, that way people can split it up however they see fit. <BR> <BR> Running off road will be hard for some right now, I know, but once the weather improves it will be a good goal for the team. <BR> <BR> I also added something I've been trying to get better at: Calf raises. These are important for trail runners since they strengthen your ankles and ca... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 20:19:05 EST Best way to deal with icy Trails Trail running in my corner of Southern New Hampshire is an icy mess. My last run had a few near spills. I have microspikes but am hesitant to use them running. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried running in microspikes? What do you recommend to keep a trail lover running on the icy months? Mon, 10 Jan 2011 18:30:49 EST A great trail run Wish I had been there - run report by y good friend Kim <BR> <BR> Well that was a lot of fun! So, what was the temperature anyway? 10f, 15f <BR> ,certainly no higher than 20f. I'm standing by my car waiting for Dick and <BR> Markku to arrive, I've got my running shirt on, a sweat jacket and a windproof <BR> jacket and I'm still freezing. My hands are like ice cubes and I'm wishing that <BR> I had a pair of gloves in the trunk. Markku is sick so he is going to walk with <BR> Erin and take pic... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:50:42 EST New challenges? I'd like to update our team challenges. Suggestions? Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:19:21 EST Ankle strength? So, I'm curious if you guys do anything to keep your ankles strong? I've been trying to do calf raises on the balance board, it does help! Tue, 28 Dec 2010 18:11:16 EST Best run this year? Hello! This team hasn't been active in awhile. <BR> <BR> Everyone is doing their end of year things, so I will to! What was your favorite race of the year? <BR> <BR> For me it was the Nu Race Trail run here in Ohio. Here's my blog about it! <link><BR>ace-report-nu-race-trail-run.html </link> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 19:06:35 EST Mr. Toads Wild Run Yesterday was Mr. Toads Wild Run here in Bakersfield, CA. There were two races, a 20K and a 5K. Extremely hilly, especially in the 20K where they run two hills that are a good 45 deg climb. I did the 5K, saving my longer legs for a 25K I expect to do in February. I took second place in the 60-69 age group running 30:32. The most fun of this run is the descent through the narrow, rocky Mr. Toads Gulch at the end of both races. Anybody near Bakersfield should definitely put this on their ... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 17:16:24 EST Trail running is best I have lurked around this site for a month now and thought it time to say hi. <BR> <BR> I’m Bill and, historically, I ran and raced lots. I loved the atmosphere at large 10k races. Recently I have had a foot problem (Morton’s neuroma). With the help of outstanding (;-) HMO diagnosis, this was discovered after three to four years. I kept looking for the problem in multitudes of running injury books and could not find anything like it. Turns out this condition is commonly associated with... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:42:17 EST In love with off road races I did a 10K offroad yesterday. Walking (slowly) because I was with a buddy. I loved every minute! I had so much fun and now I wanna run one! I signed up for another one today. The next one is in February which should give me plenty of time to train and I'm going this one alone and running as much as I can! I'm glad I've found a group of like minded people! Sun, 7 Nov 2010 02:43:34 EST Any 100K suggestions? I am thinking of running a 100K trail run to celebrate my 62nd birthday by running 62 miles. I have 2 years to decide on one. The Oil City 100 here in Western Pennsylvania is an option and is well run but I'm looking to travel. Any suggestions? Sat, 16 Oct 2010 18:29:06 EST Trail Run of the Month - November: JFK 50 This is one of the oldest trail runs around. The JFK 50 in Maryland is about to have its 48th running on November 20, 2010. It is always on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It was my 1st 50 and I might go back in 2 years for the 50th running. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It is not a favorite of mine because I have trouble seeing the roots and rocks hidden under fallen leaves during an early wooded downhill and the 26 mile stretch along an old rail line in the mi... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:23:44 EST I fell in love with trail running today I did a trail race today and I am in love! It was so challenging and so awesome. Read about it on my Spark blog or here <link><BR>ace-report-hocking-hills-indian-run.html </link> <BR> <BR> I just joined this team, been on Spark since February. Since then I completed Couch to 5k and spark your way to a 10k, and am currently trying to figure out my next challenge. I love the endurance running and hope I can work my way up to running ultras! Sat, 18 Sep 2010 20:51:06 EST Interested I am new to the idea of trail running. I am currently a road runner who is training for a hm. It is def. tough on my knees. I just read an article on trail running and would love to give it a try. There are lots of trails near me but I don't know where to start. I know I will need different shoes, but will I need them immediately? Does anyone know of any trail running groups in NY? Thu, 9 Sep 2010 17:50:41 EST Superior Sawtooth - Tomorrow “There aren’t any Mountains in Minnesota” <BR> <BR> Yeah? Well, someone forgot to tell that to Minnesota. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urrection-a-superior-sawtooth-race-rep<BR>ort/ </link> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------------- <BR> <BR> An awesome view of the Superior Sawtooth 100. Which is FINALLY getting some national spotlight as it was listed in the "other interesting 100's" to the 'Top 6 100's in America' in the 10th year anniv... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 08:48:08 EST 8/21/10 is National Trail Running Day <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> I'll be running the Run for Hunger Trail Challenge half marathon. Anyone else running a trail race Saturday? Or doing a trail run? Mon, 16 Aug 2010 15:14:44 EST Trail Run of the Month-Se ptember. Grand Teton. This is sort of a trail runs of the month selection. There is a 100 mile, 50 mile, or 10K run Labor Day weekend and then a trail marathon later in the month. I have met people who biked around the Grand Tetons and they all highly recommend the area. Alta, WY is also the first of two western states runs I am selecting. If you want to take a guess at the October run, check my Spark page for 10/10/10. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-Teton-Races </link> Fri, 6 Aug 2010 15:18:45 EST Trail Run of the Month-August Sorry to have been away from the team for so long. vacation, work, and injuries have been a problem. I hope to pick a September run after I post this. <BR> <BR> The Baker Trail UltraChallenge is a 50ish (51 miles this year) run along the Baker Trail/Rachel Carson Trail in Western Pennsylvania. What makes this event special is that the entire trail run route is approximately 150 miles long. Each year 1/3 forms the UltraChallenge and finishers receive 1/3 of a pretty cool medal. To get the who... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 15:09:46 EST New guy I started trail running 3 years ago and have loved it ever since! It's great running in the middle of nowhere, not worrying about getting hit by a car or stopping at a crosswalk waiting for the "walk" signal. I've participated in 8 trail races and find the events much more friendly than the road races that I've participated in. I was happy to find this trail runners sparkteam! Mon, 7 Jun 2010 02:33:50 EST Hello from a Ride and Tie-r Hello there! Last year I started participating in Ride and Tie - a combination of endurance horseback riding and trail running. Now I am wanting to be a better trail runner so I can really compete in these things. They are so much fun - but my running needs to come up a lot. So I'm wanting to do some trail runs - then I figure I'll be great at ride and tie! But I have a lot to learn. I'm hoping to get to know some of you and see where it goes. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> Suzy Mon, 7 Jun 2010 01:37:19 EST Trail Run of the Month - June <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The Laurel Highlands Trail Run is a remarkable, tough, scenic run that usually offers two distances: 50K or 70.5 miles. Many experienced ultra runners have said that there are many 100 mile trail runs easier that the 70.5 Laurel run. June 12 is the date. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, a bridge across the Pennsylvania turnpike was declared unsafe and closed to even pedestrian traffic. This means that for 2010 and 2011, the distance for the full run h... Fri, 21 May 2010 15:33:08 EST Recovery: Trail vs Road Is your recovery from a trail marathon any different than a road marathon? How long in between major events? Some say you shouldn't do more than 2 road marathons a that the same for trail marathons and ultramarathons? <BR> <BR> I'm running my first trail marathon next weekend and wondering how fast or slow my recovery time should be. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 22:16:57 EST Trail Run of the Month- May East/South bias wins again. The Capon Valley 50K is hilly, but friendly, and has a charity connection. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 19:56:28 EST Snacks on the Run I was just curious about some of the favorite foods/drinks/etc people like to take with them for during and after a run! Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:55:07 EST Trail Run of the Month: April I'm trying to select runs at least a month away to allow time for people to enter before they fill up. <BR> <BR> April is our first run West of the Mississippi. The Free State Trail Runs in Lawrence, Kansas featuring distances of 26.2 miles, 40 miles and 100K (62.1mi.) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Kudos and happy trails to Sparker ZENRUNNING for bringing this run to our attention. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 15:44:58 EST hello there Hi, everyone! I'm 28 years old, and I've been running trails for about 8 years, and I'm totally addicted to it. I'm in the process of losing this extra weight I've gained since tearing my ACL and getting married. I plan on completing my first triathlon this summer, and I would also love to compete in some trail races. Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:45:07 EST Trail Run of the Month: March The Bel Monte Endurance Run near Charlottesville, VA is the winner! It offers runs of 4 miles, 25K, 50K, and 50 Miles. Lots of up and down trail running. Very scenic but tough. The 50 Mile run has been called the Bel Monster. <BR> <link><BR>x.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=<BR>94&Itemid=234 </link> <BR> <BR> March 27. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:40:44 EST barefoot? OK, so barefoot running is getting a lot of press as of late. I work in a paleo lab, so I do have a healthy respect for loving what your body is made to do (shoes are pretty recent when you think of +10K years of hominid running!) I've read articles pointing out that we're built for running hooved animals to the point of exhaustion- this would have been a great way to hunt back in the day. So, say 10K of running barefoot for about 400 generations(one article said 15 min of running a deer into... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 01:00:27 EST NEW FEATURE: Trail Run of the Month. February. I am going to try to remember to post info on a trail run every month this year. Before the run takes place unlike my recap of January's Run For Regis. Please feel free to suggest runs so that they are not all in the East, MidAtlantic and MidWest regions. <BR> <BR> February's winner is The Pub Run brought to you by West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners and the Mountain State Brewing Company. You can run 6.3 miles or 13 miles. No trophies or entry fees but you should pony up $10 for a post ru... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:39:35 EST West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners One of the best places to run trail in the Mid-Atlantic region is West Virginia. And one of the best ways to find a trail run or route is by checking out the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners website: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:11:17 EST Spring Trail Runs Anyone planning to enter an organized Trail Run this Spring? I'm looking at a few possibilities. One long one around the end of March is a maybe. Babcock Gristmill Half Marathon in WV on April 17 at 10:00 a.m. is a very nice run. I wish I could find something in or near Rhode Island over Easter weekend. <BR> <BR> I plan to post the ones I pick sometime this week. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:06:47 EST Looking for a 50k Trail Race Just wondering if anyone can recommend a 50k trail race. Perferably close to Ohio. Will travel to really fun and dirty trail races. Ran the Buckeye Trail 50k last year and it is already sold out. Any suggestions? Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:19:57 EST Another Newb Here.... Hey all... <BR> <BR> I have been on and off sparkpeople for a while now. This time i feel that i am starting to stick to this lifestyle change... <BR> <BR> Anyway i have started the couch to 5k program as i have never ran before. I have really been attracted to trail running as we have a lot of good trails over here in Scotland... <BR> <BR> Like i say i am a total newb to this. But i am out running and loving it... <BR> <BR> All the best... <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Dec 2009 17:14:15 EST Adirondacks Anyone here do any trail running in the Adirondacks? I'm planning a running vacation there in September, 2010. It will be last big mileage push before my 10-10-10 Grand Canyon Run. Friends have told me they enjoyed hiking in the area around Lake Placid. But they don't run. <BR> <BR> There are a number of people who are climbing up every peak in the Adirondacks. Some look very runnable. Some look pretty tough. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any input to offer? Wed, 25 Nov 2009 19:15:26 EST New to the team and to trail running Hello! I recently joined this team because I am interested in trail running. I've done several road races and I really like marathon distances. <BR> I plan to do a trail 1/2 marathon this spring and would love advice on what to expect and how to train. How often do you run on trails vs. roads? I have access to a lot of trails but won't always have the time to get out to them and am hesitant to run trails alone. Thank you in advance for your advice! Tue, 24 Nov 2009 13:14:17 EST I just added some photos to my SparkPage Still learning my way around SparkPeople. I uploaded a couple personal photos. One is from my recent 30th anniversary party at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. That beautiful woman in the picture (a/k/a my wife) has run 2 100 mile trail runs and has run the Laurel Highlands Trail (70.5 miles) twice. Thu, 5 Nov 2009 20:00:11 EST Has Daylight Savings Time affected your running? I run in the evenings during the week and until DST hit this past weekend could usually plan at least one good run on the trails behind my house every week. Now it is dark by the time I get home from work and able to run so I have had to move from the trails to roads. Still can run trails on weekends. <BR> <BR> I imagine that morning runners may have been helped by the time change so thought I'd post this. Has your running been helped, hindered, or unaffected by the turning of the clock back... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 09:16:43 EST Autumn running Since the other seasons were covered, I thought I'd post this. Isn't this the best time of year to be running trails? I think so. There can be an issue with leaves covering roots and rocks but the Autumn leaf colors and the crisp weather make it my favorite. Mon, 26 Oct 2009 10:29:26 EST How often do you listen to an iPod when running? I was running on trails yesterday at Mt. Airy Forest in Cincinnati, Ohio and had my iPod on at a low volume. I kept it low because I wanted to hear if any wildlife or other people were in the area. Saw about 6 deer. At one point a runner went by me with his iPod so loud I thought he was carrying a radio. It made me ponder this question. <BR> I use my iPod almost always when running alone on roads and less than 50% of the time when running alone on trails. I am on trails to enjoy the peac... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 08:40:06 EST Rails-to-Trails are trails I run a variety of trails. Some are very difficult single track, hilly, root and rock filled trails where maintaining a 12 minute mile pace is a challenge. Some are rails-to-trails crushed limestone trails where maintaing a 9 minute mile pace is easy. When I consider myself a trail runner, I make no distinction between the two. Trails are trails. Sat, 24 Oct 2009 21:34:41 EST Missed turn again For the second time I went out intending to run the 13K loop of an upcoming 25K event I want to run. Again I never found the Hazard Peak trail turn and ended up doing 10 miles instead of the intended 8. A fantastic run however. Two really steep climbs, lot's of fast downhill and I was the only one out there. Beautiful, peaceful, quiet - the reasons I love trail running so much. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 16:55:12 EST 13K or so Attempted to run a marked 13K trail on Saturday. Somehow I missed a turn and ended up doing 9 miles. A great run, but now I need to go back and do it again so I can find where I missed the turn. The 13K course is part of the 25K race that I intend to run in February. Thu, 8 Oct 2009 01:39:26 EST New.Char lotte,NC Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am new to Trail Running and am really liking it. I live in the Charlotte,NC area for the past 2 years. I am currently looking for a trail partner in my area. <BR> <BR> Married for 12 years, 2 kids, 1 G & 1 B! <BR> Happy Running Wed, 7 Oct 2009 21:41:31 EST golden leaf half It's done <BR> first trail running race ( first race period) done and I feel great <BR> Time to do it again Mon, 28 Sep 2009 14:35:12 EST Pt Buchon dang its Great 12-miler today with friends, my longest distance ever. See my blog for details, here on SparkPeople and at <link> </link> Mon, 10 Aug 2009 00:10:36 EST Summer Runnin' Hi gang. Happy first day of summer. I've been getting my summer off to a good start. I am down almost 9 pounds since the 1st of June and am back up to running 4 to 5 days a week. I'm hoping to be back to my goal weight by the end of August. I have less than 10 pounds to go, so hopefully that should do it. <BR> I've already noticed a difference in how my running feels. That makes it easier to get out there. <BR> <BR> How's everyone else doing? Any races planned for the summer? <BR> <B... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 12:56:31 EST Warm Up Friday I did a 4.2 mile trail run and I hurt almost the whole way. My shins, my calves, my lower back. I kind of think it may be because I didn't warm up prior to taking off up the trail. How do you warm up before starting your runs? Sun, 7 Jun 2009 00:31:38 EST Spring Traininf Hi gang. How about we get a spring training thread going? <BR> <BR> I have been so unmotivated with my running lately. I had just gotten back to feeling good and was up to 2 hours with hills on my trail running when I got sick. My running got put on hold for almost a month. I got out twice over the long weekend and although I was able to do an hour on Saturday morning, I think the 25 Km trail race I'd hoped to do the end of May is out of the question now. <BR> <BR> Anyway, onward and upw... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 23:51:28 EST Hill Repeats? Anybody have a good strategy for learning to run uphills faster. I tend to walk a lot on the steep ones, others continue to run. Wed, 4 Mar 2009 02:22:28 EST San Luis Mountain Run This race is going to be held on Sunday March 1st. It starts at Laguna Lake in San Luis Obispo and circumnavigates San Luis Mountain, 10K distance. Should be a really good race on fire road and single-track. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Several of us from our Fitness Works (Fitness Works of Morro Bay) team are going to run it Thu, 19 Feb 2009 14:38:01 EST New to this team-from Victoria, BC Hi my name is Wendy/ Goldenpearle. I am new to your group and am saying HI-I am <BR> <BR> Wendy Thu, 19 Feb 2009 00:01:36 EST Montano de Oro Anybody doing the PCTRA trail races in Montano de Oro State Park in California this next weekend? There is an 8K, 12K, 25K and 50K, some are sold out. Mon, 9 Feb 2009 00:10:18 EST Janurary Running Let's use this area to talk about our training runs. What was good and what was not so good. <BR> <BR> I got out for a good run on Saturday. It's the first time I haven't had to slog through a bunch of snow. I'm really glad to see it gone now. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I got in an hour with one good sized hill thrown in for good measure. Next week I am going to do an extra hill. <BR> <BR> I have to get in gear with the running now since I've decided to do that 25Km trail race the end of May. <BR... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 23:22:23 EST Goals for 2009 Hi Trail Runners. I can hardly believe that it's almost a new year. I thought I'd give everyone a couple weeks to think about what they want out of the new year. What are your goals, running, racing or otherwise? <BR> <BR> Post 'em here and lets make 2009 a kick butt year! <BR> <BR> Ann Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:22:19 EST Night runs I was invited by a friend to a trail run at Griffith Park in LA in 1989, four days after running the LA Marathon. There is nothing else like a mountain run. About 12 years ago we started wearing head lights so we could run trails at night. Now it's a weekly ritual from October to April. Is anyone else crazy enough to run mountain trails in the dark? Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:46:08 EST Happy Thanksgiving Wishing everyone a Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving. Here's a Thanksgiving chuckle for everyone, hope you all enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <BR> A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. <BR> The parrot really had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. <BR> Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. <BR> John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 20:17:01 EST Brain Games Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> You may have already seen these but on your SparkPoints page, you now have a link to play a brain game. I've played a couple and they are really fun and and can be as challenging as you want. <BR> <BR> Check'em out, see what you think. :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 17:28:36 EST Estimating calories burned (& new to this team) Hi everyone! <BR> I am not competitive racer but love it with passion just the same. I run the trails and hills of Los Angeles and it's national parks around the area. <BR> My question is about tracking calories.. <BR> I push hard up hills and all I have is a pedometer right now so I guess based on that. <BR> <BR> Is heart rate monitor best bet? <BR> Which brand is most accurate / best buy? <BR> THANK YOU! Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:44:58 EST Estimating calories burned (& new to this team) OOOPS I used back button - how do we delete miss-entries? Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:44:54 EST Estimating calories burned (& new to this team) OOOPS! Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:44:32 EST First 50k Finished this weekend. I thought my legs were going to give out from mile 22-29. Now that I am done that was the most wonderful feeling. Can't wait for the next one next month. The only thing missing was my doggie. I can't recommend this enough. Thu, 18 Sep 2008 18:17:16 EST Time or Distance? Racing? When starting out, do you worry about time, over distance? I have a 5 mile trail race I need to train for, but have no idea how to start? Wed, 9 Jul 2008 11:20:37 EST Trail Running Benefits Okay - so I'm a road runner venturing into trail running. I definitely see a motivational factor in the scenery. Then, as I understand it, the surface is easier on the legs. Anything else? Mon, 30 Jun 2008 21:42:29 EST hoping for # 2 this weekend. I ran a semi trail .. haha (gravel road) most "trail like" area on base here. Ihave to drive to trails and can't take my kids with me. SOOOO unless my husband watches my kids this saturday no trail running. <BR> <BR> When starting out ... do you start slow or do you start fast and hard. The trail thats closest to my house is steep and rocky .... I walked it .... I want to run the whole thing eventually ... I was thinking of running down the mountain on the service roads first then hitting t... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 19:19:09 EST Newbie! Hi Everyone! <BR> I am new to this sparkteam and new to trail running and adventure races! I've always wanted to start trail running, but unfortunately there is a lack of local trails in town. However, I have been road racing for quite a while. I did my first adventure race this past weekend and LOVED it! I'm hooked. So, I hope to get get some tips and share stories here in the Trail Runners SparkTeam. <em>30</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 09:18:01 EST Spring (ish)! Hey There! <BR> <BR> I hit the trails for some muddy slip-n-slide style long running today, but the weather was SO fabulous! <BR> <BR> I'm ready for real spring to be here! <BR> <BR> How's everyone's running this winter? Sat, 1 Mar 2008 19:02:11 EST new from east central IL hi, i love trails. i love being outside, nice to be here! <em>247</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2008 10:18:24 EST New in AZ I'm excited to have found this group today. Sun, 30 Dec 2007 18:23:53 EST Goals for 2008 Hi everyone. Just wondering what everyone's goals for the new year are. This is the place to post them. <BR> <BR> I've totally fallen off the wagon over the last several weeks. My eating has been off the wall and my running at a minimum. Today when I stood on the scale, it was a real wake up call. <BR> <BR> So, my goal for the new year is to get off 12 pounds and not go into the NEXT year with weight loss as one of my goals. <BR> <BR> I am not sure about race goals as I have no real d... Sat, 29 Dec 2007 11:45:55 EST IT band hurts worse going downhill. Suggestions? Hi, all! <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with a low-level IT band irritation lately, and I've found that I have more problems when I'm running downhill on my trails than at any other time. Sure, I can walk down every single hill I come to, but I'd rather run, lol! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a suggestion besides stretches that might keep that band from acting up while I'm out on the trail? Thu, 11 Oct 2007 19:58:26 EST Trail Running and Racing in the Fall Is anybody out there? Sorry to have been so absent. We sold a townhouse, bought a house and moved in the last few months. Very stressful and busy time. Also some of it with no internet connection. Anyway, back at it and running consistantly again. <BR> <BR> I have a trail half marathon in my sights. It's called the Spooky Half and is the last Sunday before Halloween. <BR> <BR> How's everyone else doing? <BR> <BR> Ann Fri, 21 Sep 2007 23:27:13 EST Hot Springs, Ark I just got back from vacation in Hot Springs, Arkansas and I had some great runs on the mountain trails in Hot Springs National Park. It is not a high altitude as the highest point is less than 2000 feet but the scenery is awesome and the trails are very nice. Thu, 19 Jul 2007 13:07:17 EST Poison ivy What do you do to prevent poison ivy/oak etc? I live in the midwest and we have poison everything. Was running last night on what was a trail a few months ago, getting swatted by plants when I thought of this. It's too hot for long pants. Thu, 28 Jun 2007 10:46:58 EST New! Hello! I have run 6 marathons, but don't have very much trail running experience. I train on dirt paths, but rairly go into the mountains. That is about to change, as I have started training for my first 50k: Mt Disappointment. I'm a little nervous about running into a snake, but look foreward to the additional challenges that trail running offers. Tue, 26 Jun 2007 02:20:37 EST Just found this forum I just found this forum and just started trail racing. I ran a 10k this weekend through the woods and in the mud. I felt just like a kid, running with abandon. What a great time! Mon, 25 Jun 2007 18:06:11 EST First face plant! Well I guess I am officially a train runner now! I finally found a series of decent trails to run on and today I was trying a new set. Well I was in a fairly clear area and didn't see the small tree root just sticking up above the trail. It was a nice fall in that it was a nice wakeup and I am still in one piece. The rest of the run went very well. I did step on a small ribbon snake. It scared me at first because I was in midstride before I saw it and didn't see what kind it was at firs... Fri, 15 Jun 2007 11:58:43 EST How many miles did you run today? Hey all! I know this is a pretty quiet board, but thought it would be interesting to share our mileage and trail stories (if you wish) <BR> <BR> Over the weekend I took a new trail that was about 1.9 miles long. It ran along the creek and was a pretty narrow path, one wrong step and I would be in the drink! At the end it took a sharp turn off to the left and went up this steep embankment that I had to crawl to get to the top, and then it was pretty flat the rest of the way. As I came around ... Mon, 4 Jun 2007 08:04:05 EST Running Shoes I have been running my Saucony Aura TRG's down to the point where the triangles on the bottom are almost flat! If anyone here is a fan of this brand and the stacked triangle design on the bottom for grip you will feel my pain to hear that I no longer have that on my shoes! I've had these shoes for about a year and a half and I have run well over 1000 miles in them. They are even giving me blisters the little buggers! My question to my fellow trail runners is: how many miles do you run befor... Sat, 26 May 2007 01:42:25 EST Talk me down...rat ttlesnake! Hi all, <BR> This is my first post here. I live in New Mexico and run in the foothills-high desert-beautiful! I have seen other types of snakes on the trail before sunning themselves, but Tuesday I was running along on a singletrack trail with my Ipod blaring and heard a loud rattling, saw the snake literally 1 foot to the side of the trail, all coiled up. I was at the end of my run and let me tell ya I got home pretty fast! <BR> <BR> I have been back out running, but I was so scared, i... Wed, 23 May 2007 12:59:15 EST Typical trail running times What is the average time it takes you to run a mile on the trails? I can't find any typical speeds online and wondering if I am incredibly slow or about right for beginning. I ran with a partner for the first time today and at the end, when I was getting tired, he could walk (though fast) next to me. So I felt REALLY slow, but he has really long legs, lol <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am averaging 10-11 min miles, the first mile of the trails is flat with a little downward slope for about 500 feet, th... Wed, 9 May 2007 11:10:53 EST Falling on the trail Is this something common or am I just a clutz? I have taken a couple of really really good falls, enough to knock the wind right out of me! I need to learn to fall without using my hands to break my fall, since I am a massage therapist by trade, It would be bad to break a wrist. Or even a finger. <BR> <BR> It seems that today I was just more clutzy than normal. I took one huge fall tripping over a root and not 100 feet later I tripped (but didn't hit ground) over another root and then anoth... Mon, 7 May 2007 20:55:53 EST April Fools I'm off to do my first timed effort in the woods! I've got 5k measured out with my new GPS and I'm going to log my time with others of my kind on the April Fools 5k virtual race. I'm psyched! Sun, 1 Apr 2007 11:41:07 EST 33 miles + 33 yrs old = A happy birthday! Celebrated my 33rd birthday today by running my age, in miles! 33 miles in 5 hours 59 minutes. I have never been so tired in my life but the satisfaction of completing a long run like this is inmeasurable. <BR> <BR> Anyone interested in reading about my run, I will have a post on my blog later this afternoon at <BR> Sun, 11 Mar 2007 14:16:45 EST MARCH MADNESS I can't believe we're already into March. I am so glad to see the winter on the way out. It's been really tough on everyone in the pacific northwest and there's been a whole lotta whining going on. <BR> <BR> I've been on vacation all week, so have gotten in some really great runs. Today, we headed over to Buntzen Lake. There are 3 trails that circle the lake. The Buntzen Lake Trail is the easiest, then there is the Lakeview Trail which is quite a lot more difficult. The highest and tough... Sat, 10 Mar 2007 23:26:29 EST Camelbak Today I used the new Camelbak Rogue I bought. It fits well and holds 2 litres of water. My only issue is breating while trying to drink. Any tips? Mon, 5 Mar 2007 08:53:04 EST Happy trails OK, maybe that is a bit corny, but I am so very happy that I can really do this after all these years of believing I was too physically limited by my ancient injuries to do any high-impact intense exercise. <BR> <BR> I took my first trail run (my first run *ever* actually) last Tuesday, and ran about 1.7 miles of a 3.7 mile course in a very hilly park in the SF Bay Area. <BR> <BR> I took a similar but somewhat easier 3.4 mile course yesterday and ran 2 miles of it. I was able to do more uph... Wed, 14 Feb 2007 17:58:34 EST Running Though February Hi everyone. Figured I'd start a new thread for running in Feb. <BR> <BR> I had a couple of good runs the last 2 days. We headed to Buntzen Lake again on Saturday and did around 10 miles on the lake trails. Luckily we missed the rain. <BR> <BR> Today, we ran in a downpour. We did about 95 minutes. <BR> It took me forever to get warm after the run. <BR> <BR> Katy~~ Looking forward to a race report from you. I hope all went well. <BR> <BR> Ann <BR> Sun, 4 Feb 2007 23:41:06 EST Leona Divide shoes I noticed in earlier posts rave reviews about discontinued Leona Divide shoes. I've been looking for good trail runners so I thought I would do some research. I found an online store that sells smaller sizes of this shoe. I wouldn't buy them without trying them on first but for those of you with small feet and who are familiar with the brand here it is:<BR>na-divide.html <BR> The prices are unbelievable! <BR> <BR> Ewa Sun, 21 Jan 2007 12:15:40 EST New to the board I just realized I haven't introduced myself. My name is Ewa. I started running about a year ago after I lost 90 lbs. Road running accounts for most of my mileage since I don't have time to hit the trails during the week. Trail running is something I really love, I guess it is a perfect combination of my favorite activities, hiking and running. Hope to learn from all of you. I see some of you do ultras. I am so envious but maybe in a couple of years I'll be able to join you. <BR> Ewa <em>41<... Sat, 20 Jan 2007 10:24:16 EST Nike Free Trail I've been running on pavement (yes, I do that during the week) in Nike Free 5.0 and I love the shoes. They are light and flexible. Now I am tempted to try Nike Free Trail. Have any of you tried them? Thanks. Sat, 20 Jan 2007 09:58:58 EST Janurary Tales and Trails Thought I'd start a new thread for Janurary. <BR> <BR> Did the Resolution Run on New Year's Day. Ended up splattered with mud up to my knees. Lots of fun. LOL It poured rain for the entire run, but it was mild. Charlie and I ran towards the back of the pack since we were running with the dogs. Didn't want them to interfer with people who were taking the run more seriously than we were. So, a good start to the new year. <BR> <BR> Got in a good run this afternoon after work today. Nobody on ... Wed, 3 Jan 2007 23:21:41 EST Race or trail run goal? Hey all, it's been quiet but I'm new to the group so I thought I'd ask what/if we all are looking forward to new race or training goals? <BR> <BR> For me I've mostly been trying to regain my running and health after years of under treated thyroid disease. It has been very hard to train and race when I can't even stay awake let alone stop the weight gain. Now, I must be better as I've got hair growing back, brain fog is mostly gone and above all, I've dropped a few lbs. First time in eons... Thu, 19 Oct 2006 10:15:00 EST Trail Shoes What shoes do you guys use for trail running? I use my regular running shoes on groomed and easy trails, but on the technical trails, I like a trail shoe. <BR> <BR> I just bought a new pair this morning....they are Salomon XA-Pro. I've worn Salomons before...loved the Flagstaff till they discontinued it. Last pair was a different model of what I bought today. I'll give them a "test drive" tomorrow. Wed, 4 Oct 2006 21:52:17 EST Running with a cell phone Have any of you found a good way to carry your phone while you run. I just feel safer if I have my cell phone along. I even tried stuffing it in my sports bra but that didn't work very long. Right now I hold it in my hand. I've never been a fanny pack person because they flop around so much...unless maybe there's a secret to fanny packs that I don't know. <BR> Just looking for some tips. Sun, 17 Sep 2006 12:52:03 EST Spider, Spiders, everywhere!!! Hello fellow trail runners! I also do a fair amount of road running (not as much in the last few months as my current weight will reveal), but my passion is on the trails. Fall is one of my favorite times to be out there, with one drawback....Spider webs (especially the ones with BIG spiders in them.) I've noticed that the trails are already getting more spidery and it is keeping me away. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear input from any of you as to how you handle those middle of the trail spiders... Thu, 7 Sep 2006 11:22:19 EST My First Ultra Marathon. I ran my first 50K trail race a few years ago. It was an incredible experience. I wrote this essay for my running club newsletter to describe how I felt. <BR> <BR> Cle Elum 50K Ridge Run <BR> <BR> One of the first things I noticed at the starting area of the Cle Elum 50K (besides the fact that it was bloody cold!!) was the totally different atmosphere from the usual race crowd. These ultra people were a really laid back bunch! Definitely not the same feelings at the start of a marathon. ... Sun, 3 Sep 2006 22:19:27 EST Tales from the Trail Good runs this weekend. Did 2 3/4 hours with a friend and my 2 border collies up at Buntzen Lake. The other part of our group did the Diez Vistas Trail, but I'm still too scared to run that one. My knee still isn't healed totally from the fall and stitches 3 weeks ago. Anyway, lots of climbing and technical trails. No signs of bears which was a relief. <BR> <BR> Did 1 1/2 hours of easier trails on Sunday. My legs felt better than I thought they would. Tired today though, so easy day exc... Mon, 21 Aug 2006 22:33:08 EST Introductions I guess this is as good a place to start as any. I have been running for 20 of my 53 years. After running on the roads for many years, I became burned out and suffered from lots of nagging little injuries. I then discovered trail running. I was almost instantly transported back to my childhood of running through fields and playing in the mud. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I've found the trails are so much easier on the mind and the miles, even though slower, pass quickly. Unless the trail is ver... Sun, 2 Jul 2006 15:09:15 EST