After my epic trail run in Australia, I have a few questions for those of you who run trails regularly. Since I was both in a different country and racing a different type of race, I was wondering if the differences were related to trail running itself, or to cultural differences. Probably a mix of both, but, here are my questions:
• I noticed that nobody talked much out there. I don’t talk a whole lot myself when I’m racing at a hard effort, but at the slow pace we were taking, I would have expected/enjoyed a bit more banter. Is this trail running in general?
• If I saw someone fall (which I did several times), I’d slow down ask if they were ok, but never got much more than a gruff “yes” in response. I realize that some of this may just have been that the person was a bit annoyed at falling, but I was curious—are trail runners just a bit tougher and used to falling and therefore don’t expect any offers of help? I think in road races, if someone goes down, most of us stop to make sure they are ok and they’re probably glad for the help.
• I saw a decided lack of Garmins and ipods, which is something I can appreciate (I do like running’s simplicity). A trail running thing or an Australian thing?
• Is it typical that folks walk the ascents and run the descents? I noticed a lot of that happening and am wondering if that’s just the best way to approach trail running?
I’ll be interested to hear what you experienced trail runners have to say. I was a fish out of water in this race and my inquiring mind wants to know…