Just got back from a run on a section of trail I had not been on before. The many road crossings got me to thinking.
I hate running on pavement. It just hurts. But the trails are just as hard sometimes.
What makes the difference?
My theory is the lack of friction on the trail allows more give. The sticky shoe to road grip jars to body and doesnt allow for as much give and absorption.
What are your thoughts?
Related topic. Was talking to some AT through hikers the other day. They were rattling off the friends who had gotten hurt on the road sections. Knees, ankles, trips, bruises, stress fractures. They were saying that the PA trail is better than the road sections, even with all of its rocks and ruts. For those not initiated, PA is notorious for it's rugged trail conditions. Notably the rocks. Hikers have been known to go through a pair of boots in PA alone.