Having just completed the Superheroes 5K Trail Race, I thought I would do a post about the differences between road races and trail races.
Road Races vs Trail Races
- Typically on paved roads, greenways, or even highways
- Pace for runners and walkers tends from 5 minutes per mile (the super speedy) to 20 minutes per mile (the walkers)
- Easy to run/walk with a cell phone, water bottle, etc.
- Typical distances are 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon
- Training can be done anywhere – outside, inside on a treadmill, indoor track, etc.
- It is totally appropriate to wear tutus
- There is a good possibility you can go from the race out to run errands or grab a bite to eat
- Typically off-road on gravel and mud – think hiking
- Add 3+ minutes per mile to your typical pace – the harder the trail, the more to add
- Go hands free – you never know when you might fall or need both hands to help you stay upright
- Typical distances can be anything – although this is the first 5K trail race I have ever seen (usually they are longer than 5 miles)
- Best way to train is hiking – so that your feet get used to balancing on the different terrains (mud, dirt, gravel, etc.)
- Again – totally appropriate to wear tutus, but they may get snagged/ruined on all the branches
- Most likely you will need to go home and shower the mud off first
Both are fun in their own way. it just depends on what you are looking for and what works for you. I am pretty sure I am a road race kind of girl. One thing I learned is that I need to strengthen my feet and my ankles.
Which type of races do you prefer? Do you have a favorite distance?