Trail Running

My first introduction to trail running was about a year ago, when a local running shoe store, Fleet Feet, sponsored a group 5 mile trail run on some local trails. While it was a lot of fun, I found it grueling and difficult and opted to go back to the roads.

A second introduction to the trails occurred at the top of the new year when I ran in the Frozen Toe 10k. A fun diversion, but I decided that it wasn’t something that I wanted to do on a regular basis. Plus, I was focused on training for a half marathon and didn’t want get injured.

When Fleet Feet started up their sponsored trail runs again this summer, I felt the call again. But this time, ~D~ & ~K~, who were bored with their neighborhood running route, jumped at the chance to come along and try something new.

The Fleet Feet team has offered 2 routes:

A 2.5 mile route with a grueling climb for the last half mile:

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And a longer 5 mile route with the very same grueling climb for the last half mile:

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You get to choose how much pain you want to be in.

So we’ve made it a regular, every other Tuesday event to go to the trail runs.

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They have drawings for prizes and we’ve actually won a couple of things in the drawings:

  • A Montrail T-shirt
  • Compression socks
  • A chance to demo a pair of running sun glasses

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It has been a lot of fun going with the boys. They definitely run a lot faster than I do, especially on the shorter distances.

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They are continually kicking my butt on these runs. I’ve yet to make it up the last hill without walking, and they both do the hill pretty consistently.

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But best of all, it has been a great time hanging out with ~D~ and ~K~ doing something that we enjoy. We’ve been inspired to all race in a 4 mile night trail race in October.

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