Guest Blogger Alisyn Gularte
The leaves crackle under my feet. There is a slight breeze in the air as my lungs burn from the high elevation climbs. Whiffs of fresh pine and eucalyptus surround my senses. Inspiration is all around, as I stop briefly to take in everything mother nature has to offer. I might be running slower than my usual average pace, but it’s that challenge of trail running that makes it all worthwhile!
While I am a full time road runner, it’s the trails that I seem to continuously gravitate toward. I keep my focus ten feet in front of me to avoid obstacles on unpredictable terrain. I speed walk up steep hill climbs where my award is running down those mountains pretending I am on a roller coaster shouting WHEE…. excitedly all the way down. I fuel far more than I ever would on the roads snacking on peanut butter pretzels, or 18 Rabbits Granola Bars. I stop to take pictures of all the beauty that the trails bring.
Of course the trails aren’t always fresh pine smells and picturesque views. There have been several occasions where I have fallen, and eaten a good portion of dirt thus getting in my daily amount of minerals. It is frightening, and on some of these falls, I even drew a little blood. Because I seem to take spills often, I have learned to put my hands out in front of me to try and catch my fall. Also, while I suppose it is not ideal to fall on my behind, it is perhaps better than falling on my head when tumbling down. I almost always have a buddy when I am on the trails, but there […]