Monday, November 11, 2013

FALLing Back in Love with Trail Running

The end of fall and the beginning of winter is typically our "off season". We'll still race here and there, and we never stop swimming, biking and running but we do take it a little easier.

This fall, trail running has become a staple to our training! As soon as the MDI marathon was done, I was happy because we could join our #trailsroc friends at their group runs again! Not that we completely stayed away from trail running in the spring and summer, but it was very sporadic because we were training intensely for both marathons and our first 70.3.

 Halloween night with the #trailsroc crew!

In the past two weeks, since we've rejoined the group, we have gone to four trail runs. This week we have three trail runs planned! On my personal Facebook I have a bunch of new friends, most of them are people we have met trail running, and I have about five or six trail running/racing events coming up over the next few months (and more that aren't official Facebook events).

Mike and I started trail running by ourselves the first few times. We picked "baby" trails (and not even really trail trails if I am being honest) and then we joined the #trailsroc crew for their group runs. They make anyone feel welcome and a lot of the people we have met through them have become some of our really good friends!

More fun!

Trail running is different from road running, but if you have the right group of people to do it with it is a lot of fun! It is challenging, a good workout and, with our crew at least, you can always expect some smiles and laughs along the way! You will get muddy, dirty, fall and have bruises on your legs, but it is all part of the trail running experience!

If you are in the Rochester area (and even if you aren't), you should check out their Trail Runner of the Year Series! Since we will be deep into Ironman training for most of these, we won't be able to participate at all of them, but we'll be at a few and volunteer!

Our second trail race, ever, is coming up in December and I'm excited! It's, of course, a TrailsRoc event!


  1. Hmmm, I wonder if we have any groups around here... it's always nicer to get lost in the woods with other people than alone! I mean, I know ONE gal who's always up for it, but maybe we can start a group!!! You guys look so happy!

    1. You should look into it, or start a group yourselves ;)

  2. Awesome :) Trail running is what made me fall back in love with running ! Now I'm just trying to accept the fact that I do need to do SOME of my longer runs on pavement, lol

  3. It sounds like you guys have been having a blast on the trails!

  4. I have a love/hate with trail running. Some of my favorite running friends are from trail running, but there's something quite more relaxing for me about pavement running. I guess love them for for very different reasons.

  5. Although I've only done pretty tame trail races, I do enjoy hitting the trails now and again. Trails were instrumental last summer when it was so hot during marathon training and just last week they were aglow with fall colors. Glad I got out because now it's snowing hard!

  6. I did two trail half marathons this year and am loving trail running more and more. I really prefer it over roads.

  7. I've done a handful of trail/off-road races, and it's much tougher (I think) than "normal" running. Any running is good running, though!

  8. I am so jealous of your trail running. I WISH we had more in my town. Ugh.

  9. I need your motivation. There is an awesome race series here in Chicago that sponosrs all trail runs but I always feel like I'm going to trip and fall, so I get nervous!

  10. I've been wanting to try trail running, but I am so nervous that I will break my face, hah! I am soooo clumsy, but everyone I know who tries it ends up loving it!