Trail running friends lie.
It’s not that they mean to, it’s just that trail miles seem shorter than they really are and the memory of mountain climbs get easier as days pass. Be prepared for a 10 mile run to be 10ish which means it could be 12 or even 13 but most likely not 8 or 9.
If a hill climb has a name like Uncle Effer, it’s bound to be a harder climb than your friends tell you.
This goes back to number one. It’s best to look up the names of all hills and mountain climbs ahead of time and make judgements based on that and not what you hear from trail running partners.
Trail runners have a higher capacity to handle pain than the general population.
Okay, it might just be my theory. I have a trail running friend who finished the last 7 miles of a race with torn ligaments in her foot and another who runs ultras with rheumatoid arthritis even though she is in pain the whole time. I know several trail running cancer survivors and some who battle mental illness. The occurring theme with all of them is that trail running helps them appreciate life despite the pain.
Fashion is for road runners.
Trail runners aren’t afraid to wear crazy looking clothing and gear as long is it keeps us warm, comfortable and dry. We want to look as crazy as we feel.
Trail runners give and take gear advice.
I bought my current La Sportiva trail shoes based on the on trail review of my running friend and had another friend buy Kahtoola Microspikes within days of us telling her how great they are for icy trails. In fact, I’m dismayed at brands who fail to target men and women in my age group as I’ve found that we are at the point in life where we have more money than we did in our twenties and can finally spend it on ourselves. Outdoor brand marketers should take note.
Trail running has no age limit.
I belong to a great group of over 50 and fabulous but have friends of all ages.
Running solo or in packs doesn’t matter to a trail runner.
I know a lot of introverted trail runners, myself included. The introverts know running with a friend makes for safer running and expands the window of running from daylight to night hours but still will do solo runs to recharge. As for the extroverts, it’s a good thing we always have someone to organize the group runs. Count on an extrovert to make running fun.
Trail running is the best way to catch sunrises and sunsets. I’m willing to get up before the sun rises and I’m willing to run after work with a head lamp. This means I’m bound to catch a sunrise or sunset. I also climb mountains which means I get an even better view of the sunsets from above.
The most important thing I’ve learned.
It’s about the journey, not the destination.
I’ve seen some awesome destinations but the most amazing part of the journey is spending it with family and friends. I love to stop along the way, have some fun and soak in what I see. The majesty of a moose along the trail or the song of a bird reminds me to live life to its fullest.