Runners are number-obsessed. From how many miles we ran to how fast we ran them, we are always looking at the data and finding ways to make those numbers “better”. That’s not always a bad thing. Most of us aim to be faster, fitter, stronger runners and seeing those numbers change helps validate our improvements. But numbers don’t tell the whole story, especially when it comes to trail running.
Trail Sisters Journal
I’ve always been a goal obsessive. Having a target to focus on keeps me moving and sees me through rough patches, whether it’s general ennui or something more soul-rending like a break-up or questioning my life choices. No time to ruminate when there are miles to be run! Having races canceled is rough, but one of the silver linings is the possibility of being able to shift the fitness gained to pursue other goals.
How do you feel when you think about trying something outside of your comfort zone? Something you have never tried before, or something you are not particularly good at? Do you feel excited like — bring it on! Or do you start to get the cold sweats and think of all the reasons why it sounds like a bad, bad idea?
I’m a hike-with-a-Jansport-layer-with-a-five-year-old-Costco-flannel-shirt kind of outdoor lover. Sometimes, I even wear my gym shoes out there because the only pair of hiking boots I own feels like it might be too much for whatever trail I choose.
It’s a way to give back to the running community at large. Runners seldom operate completely solo. Even if you run alone most of the time, you’ve probably had help along the way. Or you’ve gleaned the benefit of others who have volunteered for races you’ve run.
The winter pants we are about to review are all about providing warmth as well as protection from the elements. There are a few things we’re paying attention to — warmth provided, protection against the elements, and overall fit/feel.
Being injured has been incredibly challenging, but I have realized that reading about some of the amazing things that badass women have done in the outdoors and the impossible challenges that they have overcome, somehow allows a tiny voice in my mind to tell me that maybe, I can do badass things too.
Each time you run the trails, you question your worth there. What value can your presence bring to the trails? You understand the value that trails bring to you. Yet you feel that you are an outsider. You feel you do not belong there.