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1085 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2012 6:29 AM by justamaniac
justamaniac Legend 240 posts since
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Oct 25, 2012 9:19 AM

How much different is a trail to a road marathon?

How much different is a trail marathon to a road marathon?  (aside from the obvious, ie. dirt & gravel vs cement and asphalt, single lane track vs 4 lanes of road....)

What would I have to do differently to train for a trail marathon?

Different type of shoes? 

Smaller crowd? 

Not as fast?

I'm working on my 2013 calendar and was considering a trail event.  All comments and wisdom are welcome.



6/17/2012      AA HM      2:09:01

6/3/2012       DexAA HM    2:00:31

3/11/2012          St Pat's 5K          0:25:42

11/10/2011          A2TT 10K          0:52:27

10/9/2011          Chicago Marathon        4:49:55

9/3/2011          Milford 30K      DNF  (cramped out at 14m)

6/25/2011          Solstice 10M     1:27:15

6/5/2011          DexAA HM      1:58:53

5/1/2011          BP10K       0:51:58

10/17/2010          Detroit HM  2:06:19

6/6/2010          Dex-AA HM    2:09:30

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
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    1. Oct 25, 2012 10:30 AM (in response to justamaniac)
    How much different is a trail to a road marathon?

    I have only done 3 on trails so I don't know that much.  You will need to get your ankle use to running on uneven surfaces, 1st couple of times a lot pf people have more pain, but after you get use to running trails you will get less.  When you get tired you had better keep picking your feet up or you will end up falling down a few times.  Shoes depends, some people will get trails shoes if it is a very technical trail it will help if not don't worry about it.  The people that run trail races are great, a tad different but great!  It's slower but all in all I would do one anytime over a road race if I could.

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