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<b>A Quiz... Are You a Trail Runner?</b><br><br>
By: Blake Wood, Mary Fuka, Skip Eastman, and Tracey ChmielewskiThe following quiz "Are you a trail runner?" first appeared in the RRCA Footnotes, Fall 1995.<br><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Which would you prefer to run:
<ul><li>The Boston Marathon in under 3 hours (-1)</li>
<li>The Pike's Peak Marathon in under 5 hours (+1)</li>
<li>The Hardrock Hundred, and you don't care about the time (+2)</li>
<li>A 50k with no T-shirt - it's just a training run (+3)</li>
<li>It doesn't have a name, you don't have a number, you hope you'll be back by next week, but you're not particular (+3)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Your condition when you return from your regular run:
<ul><li>Sweating (-1)</li>
<li>Bleeding (+1)</li>
<li>Your blood has thickened from extended exposure to altitude (+2)</li>
<li>Blood? Like you have any left? (+3)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Running attire:
<ul><li>You don't need bleach to keep your socks and T-shirts white (-1)</li>
<li>All your running socks are tobacco brown (+1)</li>
<li>Your children empty your socks and pan for gold (+2)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Conditions on the run:
<ul><li>You've fallen and scraped your knee on the sidwalk (-1)</li>
<li>You've gotten dirt in your mouth or up your nose (+1)</li>
<li>You don't fall. If you did, you'd be dead (+2)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Distance:
<ul><li>Three miles a day is enough for anybody (-1)</li>
<li>You've detoured in a race to top a peak or see what's over the next ridge (+1)</li>
<li>You've detoured to see what's over the next mountain range (+2)</li>
<li>You've crossed three or more county lines during one run (+3)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Timing your runs:
<ul><li>You time your workouts (-1)</li>
<li>You record your times (-1)</li>
<li>You don't. The extra weight of the calendar is a nuisance (+2)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Running vs. work:
<ul><li>You can get in your run at lunch (-1)</li>
<li>You have missed a meeting at work because that loop was a little longer than you thought (+1)</li>
<li>You have missed more than a day at work because that loop was a little longer than you thought (+2)</li>
<li>You use your sick time for those mid-week mountain runs (+3)</li>
<li>You use all your vacation time to travel to trail races (+4)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Running through hazards:
<ul><li>You stubbed your toe once on a curb (-1)</li>
<li>You have had to pull cactus thorns from your shoe or a yucca spine from your shin (+1)</li>
<li>You don't bother pulling thorns or spines out unless they've still got a cactus or bush attached (+2)</li>
<li>You don't bother to detach the rattlesnake from your body unless it's impeding your progress (+3)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>How long it takes a pair of shoes to lose that "new" look:
<ul><li>Two weeks (-1)</li>
<li>Three days (0)</li>
<li>One day (+1)</li>
<li>When you take them out of the store for a test run (+2)</li>
<li>You can't tell the color of your shoes after the test run (+3)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Directions:
<ul><li>You have all four of your routes memorized (-1)</li>
<li>You carry a topo map (+2)</li>
<li>Who needs a map - you're prepared to bivouac (+3)</li>
<li>You can live for a week on the contents of your fanny pack (+4)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Run duration:
<ul><li>You rarely run more than 30 minutes (-1)</li>
<li>You have gotten so lost that someone had to come looking for you (+1)</li>
<li>No one really expects you back until next month (+2)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Weather and your favorite run:
<ul><li>When it's raining, you run on your treadmill (-1)</li>
<li>There are times you can't do your favorite run because of mud or high water (+1)</li>
<li>There are times you can't do your favorite run because of falling rocks, wildfire, avalanche danger, or flash flood warnings (+2)</li>
<li>There are times you go on your favorite run despite falling rocks, wildfire, avalanche danger, or flash flood warnings (+3)</li>
<li>There are times you go on your favorite run because of falling rocks, wildfire, avalanche danger, or flash flood warnings (+4)</li>
</ul></li>
<li>Peeing on the run:
<ul><li>You look around for a gas station restroom (-1)</li>
<li>You can pee anywhere you want on the run (+1)</li>
<li>You can pee anywhere you want, and in fact must do so to mark and defend your territory from other trail animals (+2)</li>
</ul></li>
</ol><b>Score Yourself</b>:<br><b>(< 5)</b> A true road runner - may your PRs ever decrease.<br><b>(5-10)</b> Time to buy a trail pack and head uphill.<br><b>(11-15)</b> Good potential - keep trying.<br><b>(16-20)</b> Hardcore trail runner.<br><b>(21-25)</b> You run with wolves.<br><b>(26-30)</b> You're a wolf.<br><b>(30><img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"></b> Sasquatch speaks of you with awe.
 

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hehe. i run with wolves <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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meri and i both run with wolves (admittedly, i initially thought meri had said she was a wolf, and then i was going to say i run with meri)...
 
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