When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Anyhow, there is one great article on Trail vs road running in there, with Shayne Culpepper (wife of Alan, and very accomplish short distance runner herself) and Bernie Boettcher battle for "who's who". Bernie is 43, a superb trail runner from CO, last year he raced 60 times, winning most of them. The questions that are raised - about free spirits, speed, competitiveness, toughness, injuries, purest form, and even who is sexier:) I can sign my name under every bernie's statement!!! Shayne's sounded so lame! OK, I understand, to each their own. There are people, who's personalities are fit for racing on roads and track. There are some who just run for fitness and find getting on a near-by road is more convinient. I also admit, i ran/raced roads for the first year and half of my running "career", and even after I discovered trail running, I managed to squeeze in a few more marathons. But in general - NO WAY! Not ever anymore! I am not going to copy the whole story, but the feeling you get from running trails is not really descibed in words anyway. Though I'd like to bring one paragraph:
Trail running makes good life better. Dashing about in the wild brings forth cheerfulness abd confidence. Movement through fine landscapes expanding before us invigorates body and spirit. it feed the infinite desire for explorartion and soothes the soul with the sights, scents and sounds of nature's beauty.
And one more (I can't have a post without mentioning sex, can I?):
The romance of the trail soothes the soul and puts a smile on your face. And since most sexual liasions begin with a smile...well, you do the math.
And don't even try to bring up the stuff about how road runners put harder workouts or compete stronger! tell it to matt carpenter, Scott Jurek, Nikki Kimball, oh, heck, anybody who wants to see where the personal boundaries are! And yes, trail runners sometimes include track workouts and need roads to get to trails, but it's more out of need, and you CAN do any workout on trails! And if you're afraid that trails will slow you down on your daily outings, if you're scared you can't be called a runner because you walk the hills - worng! Throw it out the window and get to a trailhead! Feel the music of trees and soft dirt feeling you, rocks flying from under your feet, scream on the way down, praying you won't do a flip, hike up hard with your hands on your knees, spook a deer or a cougar, jump over a snake, go easy, go hard, live a little, no, LIVE A LOT!
I know there are circumstances of where we are, but I also know one thing for sure: whereever we move, we are never going to be more than 10 min ride from a trail. Screw good pay and nice house - is that what you'll remember when the life passes? Feeling one with nature, that opens you up to feeling one with people around is my priority over a paycheck and a new car, and if we can install it in our children, all of them, may be the world be a touch better.
p.s. oh, no, I wasn't finished! Another article they have is on Bend, OR running with pictures of our own Sean Meissner, Kami Semick and Kristin Jossi! This is the place to move to, check it out:)