Monday, August 23, 2010

It's Trail Running Season and You Should Be Running Trails... not reading this blog!

I would say (and most of you seasoned runner's probably would too) that trail running is the fastest growing area of running. Trails seem more crowded with runners. Every running brand seems to be releasing AT LEAST one trail shoe model/year.  Trail "challenges" and/or races are popping up all over the place as well. Although many runners (myself included) love running trails year round, it seems like summer and fall are the most popular months to run trails in a race or not. Nothing like a good muddy or snowy one in the winter though, right!? Anyway, here's some info and links to get you psyched up!

The PIKES PEAK MARATHON took place yesterday. This marathon is gnarly just check out the race results page HERE to get an idea of the ass kicking that this marathon hands out. The LEADVILLE 100 also took place on Saturday. The ULTRA TRAIL DU MONT BLANC is Europe's answer to the WESTERN STATES 100. The Ultra Trail Mont Blanc is starts this week in France. Also, for all the details about the race here's a exceptional UTMB ARTICLE from TrailRunningSoul.com. Check out this course map!
Here's a link to Geoff Roes' (the 2010 Western States Champ) BLOG POST about getting ready for the UTMB. If you live on or near the West Coast of the USA then here's a great link, PACIFIC COAST TRAIL RUNS.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Running Against the Grain

Counter Cultures are a funny thing. So are perceptions. What is dorky and what is cool? When I was younger, I used to skateboard around San Francisco with my friends and remember telling them that if I ever became a "jogger" to shoot me. Part of what I love(d) about skateboarding was that we were moving through the streets against the grain. Most people looked down upon skateboarding. We were different than these people. They were safe in their cars, taking the bus, walking or on bicycles.
We were pushing our and society's limits, albeit maybe it was more dangerous but it was fulfilling (isn't that part of what life is about?). I have a similar, going against the grain feeling (and almost more intense) when i am running through the streets of San Francisco (or any other city). There are just not many people who run compared to the general population. It is a strange but motivating feeling when you're running through a heavily populated city but still feel alone.
There are whispers of judgments being passed but you cannot hear them and pay no attention because you're deep in your own consciousness which is leading you along your path. There are no laws for runners (well, except for j-walking i guess)... after all, pedestrians have the right of way. Cars, buses, and bicyclists have to stop at stop signs and yield to you. You're pushing your limits while someone in the car you just passed is driving 10 blocks to the movie theatre while snacking on McDonald's. To the rest of the city, you are "working out" but this couldn't be farther from what you're doing. You are traveling, covering ground, lots of it and you are simply using your own two feet. No gears, no gas, no oil, no wheels, just your body, nature's perfectly designed human foot and your endurance.
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