I was asked yesterday a question that I found hard to answer. Why do I run on trails? It was very hard for me to pinpoint one specific reason why I run trails. For me, I really like the challenge and variety of trails. On the road, I just feel out of my element. I’m not a great trail runner, but I certainly feel more at home in the woods than on a city street.
The next question I was asked was why do I think trail runners race? It was another interesting question because I had to admit that I didn’t think it was a competitive sport like many others. It just doesn’t feel like trail racing is about beating the other person on the trail (now, for some that is certainly the case). It just feels more like a desire to share an experience with other similarly aligned people in an organized way - versus trying to bury the guy/girl lining up next to you.
Interested in other people’s thoughts on this.