Adventures in Running with Maurine

Crazy Comparisons

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OK – I have to admit that sometimes when you are running or walking for long distances – the silliest things run through your mind. Maybe its a form of self-amusement – but if it helps deal with pain and/or boredom – I will take it.

For instance, today I was running with a group of women from the Fast Running Blog. Except – I am the slowest person there – so I was actually running alone ‘far behind’ a group of women from the Fast Running Blog. Another woman I passed earlier on my run turned around before the actual end of the trail and, for some silly reason, this annoyed me, so I made a game out of trying to catch her before we got back on the old section of the trail (I was about 1/2 mile behind and had 2 miles to catch her in). She was running on the paved trail, I was making my own trail in the dirt fields beside the trail. I was actually pretending I was a vampire chasing down my food and loved when I came out from behind a long stretch of mounds of dirt and had actually caught up to her.

Another thing that crossed my mind today was a comparison table between asphalt and trail running. I’m sure it was more fascinating to me than it will be to anyone else, but here it is:

Criteria Considered Asphalt Trails
Running Speed Faster Slower
Effect on leg joints Harder Easier
Can left mind drift Most of the time Rarely – need to watch trail
Chances of a face plant Low Moderate to Medium
Proprioception benefits Low Medium
Abiliity to get away from traffic Low Medium to high
Percentage of leg and core muscles used Average – you tend to develop the same ones Higher than average – terrain uses all muscles

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