Two weeks ago Alex Harris wrote about the amazing individuals that he has met through the trail running community. Although each has different reasons for turning to trails, he says a common lesson is that trail running is "a passion to do better, push further and overcome any pains or aliments in your life." The responses to the question he posed to his fellow trail runners, "why do you love running trails?", were so overwhelming that we posted the quotes in two installments. Enjoy reading all the reasons this community shares a passion for climbing rocks and crossing streams mid-run.
I have been running for the past 2.5 years, and most of my experience has been on the road. Completing 3 marathons, numerous half marathons, 10ks, 5ks, and even an obstacle race or 3, I never had any real experience with running trails. However, after completing my 2nd marathon, I found myself unmotivated and almost ready to leave running behind. That’s when I found ultramarathons and trail running.