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WanderingEng  ·  2044 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Madison Mini Marathon race report

Thanks! I'm really happy with how my race went.

That trail marathon looks tough. That hill starting about 30 km must punish many runners. There's a trail run here at a great park, and I'm thinking of trying the half marathon next year. Do you prefer trail runs or road runs? I mostly do roads, but trails intrigue me.

    Are you more or a summer or winter runner?

I prefer spring and fall. Cool but not cold weather is perfect for me. I run through the winter as much as I can, and I may try to keep up my long weekend runs. What I do prefer in winter is hiking. There's no mud, no bugs, and the crowds are much smaller. I like to say running season is March through November, and hiking season is August through April. They keep me busy.

Cumol  ·  2044 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That hill at 30km is very intense, specially because part of it is a stone stairway with 850 steps (see picture) that is called "Himmelsleiter" (Stairway to Heaven/Sky)

Walking it up by foot is already pretty hard, running it up is insane.

ButterflyEffect  ·  2044 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Also interested in Cumol's thoughts. Trail running is such a different, and, in my mind, even more amazing experience than road running.

There's an association with nature that's largely lost when you're running on pavement. Trail running is taking over road running for me.

Cumol  ·  2044 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And again, we seem to have a similar view on things :D

Trail running is more fun and very different than running on roads. Running on roads is like meditation, first my mind wanders around being busy thinking for about 20-30 minutes. Then, it "declutters" (no idea how to explain that) and my feet are just doing their thing and my head feels clear. Beautiful experience and necessary to balance my days in the lab.

Trail running is very different. I am hyper-aware, jumping around, adapting to ever changing terrain, changing speeds, constantly going up and down. For some reason it feels more natural to me than road running. It taps into a similar place like rock climbing does, to me. As if it is rooted in a place deeper in my brain and it feels "right" doing it.