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Humble Pie And Bloglift

trail-running-apple-pieroad running fitness ≠ trail running fitness

This is one of those truths that most road runners learn the hard way after their first experience in the dirt.

Last weekend, I decided to play in the dirt for a nice 10-14 mile run on a local trail and enjoyed seeing all the green, the chatter of birds in passing trees, mountain bikers enjoying the morning, hikers, other trail runners, and the rhythmic crunch of the dirt and grass on every stride.

There were also a few other experiences granted to me:

  • consistent heart rate increase after a couple miles as though this was a tempo workout – it was not!
  • legs were feeling a bit fatigued and wobbly after a few miles
  • tasted a bit of dirt after taking a look behind me as a mountain biker approached
  • toe-jammed a root when my legs/feet became lazy

I was pretty well cooked after about 8 miles and the well-this-sucks dead legs were here to stay. So I shuffled my way back to the car and decided 9+ miles was all this body was willing to endure today.

Why such a tough run?

I think all the little stabilizer muscles become quite comfortable in the work they do while road running but the trail provided a bit of a shock for the entire body. And shock it was. 

So now the body will adapt to this new stimulus and the muscles will become more acquainted with the demands of trail running. (Hopefully) As this occurs; efficiency will improve, heart rate will go down, legs/body will strengthen, and I should taste less dirt. As a wise master once said, “Patience, young grasshopper”.

So yes, I ate a big piece of Humble pie but tried to explore and appreciate the subtle flavors of each bite. What will this weekend serve?

What has been your experience when heading back out on the trails after a period of consistent road running?

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Other news: EnduranceBuzz is going through a Bloglift.

I am in the process of redirecting the blog a bit and have decided to focus on trail running, ultrarunning, and healthy living. This is a segment of the running spectrum that I have been exploring for the last couple of years and have really enjoyed many aspects of it and want to explore further so why not do it through this blog.

I still enjoy the road marathon scene but it just won’t be one of the focuses of this blog anymore. Many of the ideas and concepts discussed will be applicable to all runners but there will be a lot of dirt and crazy ultra stuff.

I also will provide special attention to the south midwest (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana) area of the country since this is my stomping grounds. Seems like a good place to start.

The blog will be a bit of work-in-progress as I work to develop cool stuff you will enjoy and find useful. If you have any suggestions of things you would like, just send an email through my contact page and I will see what I can do to make it happen.

The journey continues…

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “Humble Pie And Bloglift”

  1. on 15 Jul 2009 at 4:17 pm David P

    Looking forward to the new format!

  2. on 17 Jul 2009 at 11:14 am David Hanenburg

    Thanks David. I hope for it to be fun and useful.