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First Trail Race :) (Read 181 times)


dork.major dork.

    Hi all, I'm doing my first trail race on the 8th of September. The Montrail Run Like A Girl 8k in the Boston area. The event link is below. Most of my training has been on roads (some dirt country roads -- a lot in city streets and bikepaths) and so I'm wondering how to adjust my pace expectations. Any thoughts? I don't think this trail is going to be very technical (forest roads, fields, along beaver ponds) but since I've never done this before I'm not sure how to adjust my pace expectations. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and if you're going to be there, let me know that too!! Big grin http://www.active.com/page/Event_Details.htm?event_id=1594184%20&assetId=5f1909f8-69e6-492c-862f-116151bd0d64

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      Hi all, I'm doing my first trail race on the 8th of September. The Montrail Run Like A Girl 8k in the Boston area. The event link is below. Most of my training has been on roads (some dirt country roads -- a lot in city streets and bikepaths) and so I'm wondering how to adjust my pace expectations. Any thoughts? I don't think this trail is going to be very technical (forest roads, fields, along beaver ponds) but since I've never done this before I'm not sure how to adjust my pace expectations. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and if you're going to be there, let me know that too!! Big grin http://www.active.com/page/Event_Details.htm?event_id=1594184%20&assetId=5f1909f8-69e6-492c-862f-116151bd0d64
      Often what you will find in a trail race is varied terrain throughout a course. I think the general consensus is that your pace will be a little slower on a trail because you have to constantly adjust your stride to avoid holes, roots, rocks, and the inevitable misstep. And depending on your shoes, you may have more 'slippage' in your stride. The terrain you mentioned may not have goodies such as tree roots. Still, it will likely not be flat, in the sense that a road or paved path is 'flat.' There will likely be little adjustments that the foot and stride have to make that will affect pace, though not necessarily in a major way. (I saw a technical term for this but I can't remember it now.) I have found that if I have two similar days, one on trail and one on road, with similar elevation change, my pace may change 30-40 seconds on average. And the more technical, the more of an impact. Hope that helps a little. Good luck!
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        Great explanation, SprTb. Couldn't have said it better. Smile Good luck, Imogene. Welcome to the "dark side." Big grin You're gonna love it on the trails!

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        dork.major dork.

          Thanks for the replies!! It's this Sunday, will probably be raining and slippery (afteraffects of Hanna), but I'm excited to get nice and muddy Big grin I'll let you all know how it goes!

          Reaching 1,243 in 2008 -- one day, one week, one mile at a time.