Date: Sat, 28 Jan 95 16:49:05 MST From: email@example.com (Blake P. Wood) To: ultra@DARTCMS1.DARTMOUTH.EDU Subject: Trail Runner's Test A while ago (alright, it was a long time ago), someone on this listserver asked the difference between a trail runner and a road runner. Here is an easy to administer self-test to help you answer this question for yourself. Simply add the points indicated in parens for each ``yes" answer, and score yourself at the end. I'm afraid my own biases as a reformed road racer show through, however I do not intend to belittle road racers. I, myself, still occasionally race a 5k on the roads, just to prove to myself that I still have what it takes. Additions to the questionaire are welcome. That said, you may now turn over your exams and begin. Blake P. Wood Physics Div., Plasma Physics Group P-24, MS-E526, Los Alamos Nat'l Lab, Los Alamos NM 87545 (505) 665-6524 Fax: (505) 665-3552 firstname.lastname@example.org http://harry.lanl.gov/bpw/bpwplan.html 1. Which would you rather run: (a) the Boston Marathon in under 3 hours (0), (b) the Pike's Peak Marathon in under 5 hours (+1), the Hardrock 100, who cares about the time? (+2) 2. Do you regularly return from runs bleeding? (+1) 3. Do you regularly encounter animals which could maim or kill you (i.e., elk, bear, cougar, or rattlesnake)? (dogs don't count. Cows count, but only if you've actually been threatened by one.) (+1) 4. Are all your running socks brown? (+1) 5. Have you ever gotten dirt in your mouth or up your nose from a fall? (+1) 6. Have you ever taken a detour in a race to top a peak or ``see what's over the next ridge"? (+1) 7. Do you time your workouts? (-1) Do you record the times? (-1) 8. Which do you fear more on runs, getting shot by hunters (+1), or getting shot up by thugs (-1)? 9. Do you keep a written PR list? (-1) Is it publicly accessible (i.e., pinned to the wall of your office, or posted on a WWW home page)? (-1) 10. Have you ever missed a meeting at work because that loop was ``a little longer than you thought"? (+1) 11. Have you ever had to pull cactus thorns out of your shoe, or a yucca spine out of your shin? (+1) 12. On most of your runs, do you often have to decide whether to cross against the red light? (-1) 13. How long does it take a fresh pair of shoes to lose that ``new" look: two weeks (-1), one week (0), three days (+1), one day (+2)? 14. Have you ever torn your shirt, shorts, or flesh on a barbed wire fence? (+1) 15. Do you regularly carry a street map on runs? (+1) A topo map? (+2) 16. Do you regularly wear gaiters or dump large amounts of dirt from your shoes? (+1) 17. Have you ever gotten lost enough on a run that someone had to come looking for you? (+1) 18. Are there times you can't go on your favorite run because of mud or high water? (+1) 19. Can you pee anywhere you want on runs? (+1) Score: <7: A true road runner - may your PRs forever quicken. 7-12: A trail runner in spirit. Now get the hell out of the city and move to where there ARE some trails! >12: A hardcore trail runner - I can almost see your bloody knees from here!