Over the last few days I have arrived at the conclusion that trails are great! I’ve always had an inkling that this was the case, but this weekend it has finally been confirmed.
And here’s why I think trails are great.
1. Not only is trail-side scenery beautiful and fascinating, it is constantly changing, and change is good.
2. Trails are peaceful and serene, for the most part – birds and rushing winds only add to the atmosphere.
3. Trails usually place us outside our normal comfort zone – they are challenging, require a certain level of concentration, but most of all are incredibly stimulating.
Ok – so the case that trails are great is based on the following evidence.
Source A from the American Hiking Society:
“Trails take us to good physical and mental health by providing us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses.”
Source B from a Na Ala Hele volunteer trail maintenance crew member/ ultra trail runner:
“A chance to do some voluntary work and outdoor physical labour – on the side of a mountain – is an opportunity not to be missed! It also means I can check the route I’ll be racing in a few weeks time, and get to know the trails even more…”
Source C from the American Trail Running Association:
“…all who run certainly share the “trail experience.” Perhaps then, a trail run can be best defined through the experience one realizes during the activity. After a race… (e.g. Mango Madness), participant comments range from discussing the breath taking scenery which includes the awe-inspiring vistas…, to the gnarly terrain and unpredictable weather.”
I think the case is made: trails are great ! Which ever trail you run, hike, walk or even do yoga on (now that sounds like a good idea…) simply enjoy.
This post is dedicated to my brother Simon who, along with three hardy friends, is attempting to join the Bob Graham 24hr Club in the UK this weekend. Wishing them fair weather, strong legs and minds, and lots of aloha – have a great run guys!