Defining the whys and hows of running is an integral part for many who run and those who don't. The striking similarities of trail runners and mountain goats as depicted by Matthew Inman a.k.a. The Oatmeal made me wonder if I qualify as a trail runner.
By his definition I still have a long way to go:
- Eating is a big one. In my case because I don't eat enough: Neither prior nor during running. I have experienced the mind numbing effect of bonking on various outings both on the trail and on the road. My melting point seems to be somewhere around the 4 hour mark. And while I can't say that I find pleasure in bonking it does make a run all the more memorable.
- YES. This is especially true coming from flatland Berlin.
- Awesome beards? Nope, just some grey stubbles. The same goes for my hairdo: mostly shaved, going bald here and there (which I'm told women find sexy).
- I prefer the term riddance for its connotation of a liberating effect both physically and mentally. Plus minimizing weight is crucial in all running. In any case, you gotta do what you gotta do …
As I honestly don't care about classifications of running I will continue to run where I please to. I do look forward to experimenting with palatable foods which will enable me to do what I enjoy the most: Being out there.
Are you a trail runner? By what definition?
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Cover photo courtesy Rudi Zeilhofer