Thursday, August 16, 2012

You know your a trail runner if...

Hi Everyone
After reading thru any of the below sounds appealing to you on some level. I would like to invite you to our Fall Kick off event Sept 10th. More details will be posted soon.
Some Highlights will include:

  • training for your first Short trail race (6k/15k) Xterra Trail Race
  • training for your first 50k (Leona Divide 2013)
  • training for your first 50 Miler (Leona Divide 2013)
OC Trail Tales can provide a methodical way to train and finish any of the above goals.
Our group runs are organized, the group members are friendly and welcoming too!
Send us a email should you have any questions. run@octrailtales.com




  1. Your wife tries to introduce you to your three children and you reply "Three?"
  2. You spend more time in the drug section than the food section of the local market.
  3. You wonder why they don't make all running socks a dusty brown color.
  4. You have more dirt on your shoes than in your garden.
  5. You think that flagel and ibutrophin belong on the breakfast table.
  6. You get more phone calls at 5:00 AM than at 5:00 PM.
  7. You don't recognize your friends with their clothes on.
  8. You have more buckles than belts.
  9. You postpone your wedding because it will interfere with your training.
  10. You keep mistaking your boss for Norm Klein.
  11. 6am is sleeping in.
  12. Your feet look better without toenails.
  13. Your idea of a fun date is a 30-mile training run.
  14. You're tempted to look for a bush when there's a long line for the public restroom.
  15. You don't think twice about eating food you've picked up off the floor.
  16. You can expound on the virtues of eating salt.
  17. You develop an unnatural fear of mountain lions.
  18. When you wake up without the alarm at 4AM, pop out of bed and think "lets hit the trails".
  19. When you can recite the protein grams by heart of each energy bar.
  20. You don't even LOOK for the Porto-sans anymore.
  21. Your ideal way to celebrate your birthday is to run at least your age in miles with some fellow crazies.
  22. Your ideal way to have fun is to run as far as you can afford to with some fellow crazies.
  23. You know the location of every 7-11, public restroom, and water fountain within a 25-mile radius of your house.
  24. You run marathons for speed work.
  25. You have more fanny packs and water bottles and flashlights than Imelda Marcos has shoes.
  26. You visit a national park with your family and notice a thirty-mile trail connecting where you are with the place your family wants to visit next, which is a 100-mile drive away, and you think "Hmmmm".
  27. Someone asks you how long your training run is going to be and you answer "seven or eight ... hours".
  28. People at work think you're in a whole lot better shape than you think you are.
  29. You actually are in a whole lot better shape than you think you are.
  30. Your weekend runs are limited by how much time you have, not by how far you can run.
  31. You always have at least one black toenail.
  32. You buy economy-sized jars of Vaseline on a regular basis.
  33. You tried hashing, but felt the trails were too short and easy.
  34. You think of pavement as a necessary evil that connects trails.
  35. You rotate your running shoes more often than you rotate your tires.
  36. Your friends recognize your better dressed in shorts than in long pants.
  37. You really envied Tom Hanks' long run as Forest Gump.
  38. You carry money around in a zip lock bag because store clerks complained that your money's usually too sweaty.
  39. Any time a plain old runner talks about her aches and pains, you can sympathize because you've already had that at least once.
  40. You put more miles on your feet than on your rental car over the weekend.
  41. You don't need to paint your toenails; they're already different colors.
  42. You start planning the family vacation around races, and vice-versa.
  43. When you start considering your next vacation location on the merits of its ultras only.
  44. You spend you entire paycheck on running gear, ultrabars, and entry fees.
  45. You miss a work deadline cause you just had to have that "one more minute" on-line writing to the list.
  46. You become a quasi-expert on different detergents so as to not "hurt" your tee shirts.
  47. You leave work early to hit the trails.
  48. You wear t-shirts based on if you've had good work outs when you've worn them before.
  49. Have a trail shoe collection that would make Imelda Marcos envious.
  50. You walk up the stairs and run down them.