Trail running is learning to get out of your head and into your body. Your body becomes your map directing you where to go, guiding you with feeling. Move faster, change direction, breathe deeply.
We listen and we engage all of our senses and physical form.
There is no time, no obligations you are just “being” with nature… Connecting.
The more we connect, the stronger we become. At first you may feel like your feet are dragging, like your diaphragm is stuck, this when I stop, when I close my eyes and become steady, I move with the wind, I move with my breath and allow it to release the tension and fear within. My muscles and then deeper, my fascia feels like an anchored boat in the ocean, I’m not restricting any motion, simply being steady and moving ever so gently with the breath. Find out more about standing meditation from my mentor The Movement Monk here.
After this I’m unitedÂ once again, I’m no longer labored, I can move with ease, I can move playfully. I run as though skipping or gliding through the trees, my senses are heightened after freeing my mind, I’m unplugged, unwired, the birds are my tune and the wind is my motivation, I am free. I can move faster anticipating the roots to launch from, the branches to duck or even jump onto and through testing their strength, I build my own, whilst releasing my back, wrists and shoulders, hanging from above.
The hills are not a threat but a waiting energy my body yearns, I can move to the side, stepping out from this linear habit, spreading my toes ready to grasp the ground beneath me, I push off igniting the sides of my legs, my glutes fire and my knees bend as the earth catches the energy back from me before returning it so I can fly once again. Up hill is the same, I lift my head, open my chest and I know where I need to be, driving forward I’m like a kangaroo leaping softly and strongly.
Trail running for me will never be an obligation it is a gift to my well-being, my mind and my body.
If you’re looking to feel as you move and learn to build a relationship with nature and the trails, then contact me for private guidance and training, find out more here
. If you would like to meet more like-minded trail runners of all levels and join the community then join our Meet Up page
to jump on to one of the running group workshops.
A snippet of my run Monday January 18, 7:30 pm.Â