Trail running for me is?

“TRAIL RUNNING, FOR ME, IS NOT ABOUT RUNNING.”

Kilian Jornet very kindly signed a copy of his photo book, “TRAIL RUNNING, FOR ME, IS NOT ABOUT RUNNING.” I realised that this would be something that many listeners to Talk Ultra and followers of my website would like, so, with that in mind, I asked the question, “What is trail running?”

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The winner will be selected and the signed book by Kilian Jornet will be posted to you. This is the last chance to add to this list. The winner will be announced on Friday August 9th.

Here are the responses:

  • Michael Roberts Trail running is living and everything else is just waiting.
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Kevin McFaul Trail Running is peacefully, a way to escape the every day.
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Bazimus Dunn Infinite horizons and broken limitations.
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John Gaivin Trail running for me is a release…a time to just let go and zip through the trees and rocks and fell without a worry in the world!
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La cave à Jaife Trail running is my way to discover the beauty of nature!
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Benj Lance Trail running is freedom and pure bliss. Trail running is hard lessons and suffering that makes the rest of life seem much easier. Trail running is exploring the world and tapping into your primal self to move quickly through the mountains and woods. Trail running is an attitude and a lifestyle.
  • Kevin O’Rourke Trail running for me is about kissing goodbye to asphalt and saying hello to nature
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Andrew Morley Trail running is getting away from burks in cars!
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Christopher Wiley Trail running for me is the opportunity to experience God’s creation and have an adventure!
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Sarah Lo trail running is breathing
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Iain Wallace Trail running is moving through nature, swiftly, lovingly, and peacefully.
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Torsten Stuart Norgate Trail running is using your physical body, your strength, your sweat, your ability to push yourself, to take your spirit into new landscapes and adventures.
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Henrik Modin It’s my escape from health-issues and work-related stress. A valve through which I can release tension. A way to get closer to nature. And my legs look great!
  • Robert Nelson for me it’s all about the fun of jumping in muddy puddles.
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Franz Dill A reconnection to true origins, primordial places, to distill to basics, and appreciate the simplicities in life.
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David Monge Garcia Lol Simon Edwards, funnily enough we see trail running as opposites (forgetting / finding.
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Nate Blouin it’s about seeing what I’m made out of physically and mentally. It started as a way to see more of the mountains I’m used to skiing and has become so much more.
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Simon Dick Trail running is nuts, bonkers, and crazy. So I stick to pub-crawls…
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Steven Stainthorpe Trail running has become my new adventure!
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Marco Balsarini Trail running for me is a way to experience nature in total freedom!!!
  • Santiago Fernandez Indefinable 
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Chris Valenti 1. To do what should not be possible, to be free, to explore an unknown, forbidden place. It is about using one’s physical body to transcend its own existence. The first thing that happens as you deplete yourself is that you find you have another self in there, trying to control you. Then, as you further your relationship with your dual self, and if you are lucky, you transcend both selves and become a…fleetingly…another consciousness.
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Nicola’s Holy Trail running is nowhere, with everybody
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Graeme Waterworth Peace.
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Shannon Koch Simplicity
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Charlie Hunsberger Trail running is my commune with nature, the very necessary nourishment my soul demands to remain sane.
  • Sabrina Moscatelli Trail running brings me back to the origin of human move on earth
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Adam Briggs Trail running to me is about finding myself, testing my limits, and hopefully making my heart donor proud, as I thank him on every run.
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Cait Morgan It is my release, my liberation
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Dan Ripple For me, the trails are simply an analogy for life. Along those paths, whether it be high in the mountains of Chamonix or at the start of Badwater, I, along with others, come to find and connect with ourselves, with others, and with life itself. I can either be in a race with 2000 other runners or be completely alone in the mountains; I am, with each step, with each breath, and with each heartbeat, humbled and forever grateful to be given such an opportunity.
  • Darren Hutchings Friends for life
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David Eastham Trail running is a means to stay in touch with Mother Nature and help me remember what’s important
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Transvulcania, isla De La Palma Uff…difficult to say and to answer…. It’s everything for us!
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Mikey Pm Trails are my temple and running is my religion together I’m practicing my religion in my temple as much as possible.
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Jordi Nunez Freedom. Disconnection.
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Tony Branam For me, trail running is The Way – If you are in The Way, you are of The Way and not in the way but are one with The Way. If you are not of The Way, you are in the way, and must be moved out of the way and toward The Way. We who are in The Way know The Way and follow therein. Those in the way know not The Way and must be shown The Way lest they remain in the way. Some seek The Way and need guidance. Some seek The Way and need no help to find their own way to The Way. Some seek not The Way and need guidance to see their need lest they remain in the way. We of The Way must seek our way to guide those poor wayward souls not in The Way to The Way so that they may become one with The Way the way we of The Way are now.
  • Kate Newman Freedom, peace, breathing.
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Marlon Voorn Trailrunning is for my freedom and are one with the nature!!!
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Pablo Aznar It’s a place without time where you can meet yourself. At the same time that you enjoy all around and get worried on the basics: breathing, eating, and drinking.
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Ronan Hickey It’s about leaving the crowds behind. We all start in the same place, but trail runners reach heights no one else can.
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Gavin Markey Trail time is dreamtime. Everything that a dream can hold is within reach while on the trail/mountain.
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Amanda Hyatt Trail running is the runner’s mirage; always calling, forever a little further away; filled with dreams and possibilities and maybe, just maybe, if you take just one more step, there’s a runner’s oasis on the other side.
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Jp Syverud Trail running is my religion. There is no place I feel more alive and happy as when I am outdoors exploring nature and running. Most people go to church on Sunday mornings. I hit the trail.
  • Emanuel Simoes trail running is a way out of myself, a way to forget the world’s problems and merging with Mother Nature. I feel as small as an ant when I run in the mountain, and that feels so good.
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Daniel Henderson Trail running is about the adrenaline fuelled terrifying descents.
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John Eden Getting away from point A.
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Ewa Crazychick it’s a desire. With you every minute.
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Eje Carlos Navarro Trail running is another way to stay in the mountains…
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Phil Beeston Trail running is an escape. An escape from the urban jungle and cluttered life that man has created that takes us back to the ‘real world’. A world where we can take a moment to breathe, to see, and where our soul is stripped bare.
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Antonio Moreno Trail running is going back to the roots, to a time when being fast on your feet meant the difference between life and death, between progress and decay. If we are here today it’s only because our ancestors ran… in nature. It’s only natural that we crave to follow in their footsteps!
  • Reece Ingram Trail running is about being at one with yourself & nature!
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John Bryant Trail running is always a “get to know you” session with myself. I rediscover who I am, gain perspectives that probably wouldn’t be gained anywhere else, and simplify my life to it’s barest essentials. It allows me to strip away the fluff of the world and emerge free and satisfied, yet yearning for more.
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Claire Akin-smith Being out on the trail: Space to think, feel & move at the same time.
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Shirley Treasure Trail running clears my mind; quality time on some single track makes me ready to take on the FWY’s of life.
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Bernhard Rohrbacher Trail running is about freedom. Yes, you can follow a trail but the beauty is making a trail of your own.
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Keith Crook Trail running is the air I breathe
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Pablo Cascante Barahona Trail running is the beginning of the rest of my life…
  • Craig Calderwood Trail running is pain, sweating, sore quads; lost toenails, skin knees, blisters and chafing. Fun though.
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Gabriel Drilea Trail running gives you the opportunity to be with yourself away from the life low-level distractions. It brings you closer to God and humanity.
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Mark Johnston a good reason to exist!
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Kerstin Grupinski Trail running is the heart of my life.
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Rute Roque It’s being one with the earth accepting the final union
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Dewayne Tim Stephens To Trail Run = To Be.
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Lior Sion Trail running for me is freedom in a busy world
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Amanda Hyatt Trail running … Comfort food for the sole(s)
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Justin Rea Road running exercises the body. Trail running exercises mind and body
  • Mark McGinn It’s about the five foot of trail ahead of you and constantly scanning it to decide where your foot will land in 3 steps time. Until you lift your head and discover you 15 miles from where you started. People who admire the views when trail running have too much free time on their hands!!
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Paul Hart Trail running is simply escaping from the man made and trying to reconnect with nature and our inner-selves
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Tammy Clauser Wuerth I wrote this several years ago… When I run the trails. I feel alive. I feel and believe I can conquer anything life throws at me… I am a free spirit who can soar to the highest mountains… endure distances unlike any other, and I can just “be” me…. w/o judgment, as I just flow and go deep into my soul… and, run… run. And run… through it all… conquer my deepest fears. And, just be…. and that my friends… is a beautiful thing…. to have found in this lifetime…. ahh. Yes. The “essence of trail running”
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Simon Edwards Trail running is finding myself among the chaos, and learning to like what I find
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David Monge Garcia Trail running is forgetting myself.
  • Amanda Crozier Trail running for me is my peace, my link with nature.
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Albert Franklin Miller Jr Trail running, pure bliss powered by “PRE”!
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Nico Meunier Trail running is feeling like a superhero.
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Larry Lobb Trail running is my silence. When I get to check my thoughts at the trailhead and just exist. It allows me to lose myself, settle myself, and find myself. A return to innocence. Trail running is my moment of Zen.
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Sanja Jugovic Burns One of the greatest ironies. An insane sanity…
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Amanda Shumway Grimes for me trail running allows my soul to grow.
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Miriam Riba Rossy It’s about being ourselves. It’s the way of mountain lovers. Trail Running are all days of our lives when rain, snow, thunder and lightning get together to test us, to feel what we love with our soul and what we are. What I am. It’s a beginning of my new life. Regards Catalonia, Miriam Riba-14 years old
  • Radu Milea Trail running for me is a way of life!
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Mike Saporito Trail running for me is a return to the basics of what life should be about – nature, simplicity – one with the world. It is at the same time very physical and very mental – it exhausts me and it rejuvenates me.
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Ana Čufer Trail running is a gift, given to few. Every step brings us closer to becoming worthy of it, yet we never quite reach it. The trick is to never stop running. 
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Eric Ahern Trail running is what I do to work on becoming the best possible version of myself. (All respect to Rich Roll.)
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Katie Simpson Trail running is perfect clarity
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Thomas Lelu Trail running is enjoy the life in all of its aspect
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  • Suzanne F. Stroeer Trail running is the freedom, the ability to choose. Trail running is running fast to be completely still.
  • Paul Weir Trail running run for me is the ability to explore nature, to escape the trappings of human beings and become one with nature, the sights and smells and not to see a single sole for miles and hours
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Sabine Heiland Trail running is loosing myself in nature.
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Ben Brindley Trail running is letting go!
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Mark Warner I call it “trail meditation” Tune in, free your mind and the body will follow….
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Mark McGoldrick Felling of been free, & clearing the mind, sense of adventure, meeting new friends & exploring new places
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Jono Mervis Trail running to me is the ability to leave the day-to-day world behind. It allows me to experience the numinous. To wonder at the incredible world & universe that we call our home. To feel true freedom. To feel the wind on my face and blood flow through my veins. To feel at one with myself, with the world and the people around me. It allows me to experience the joy of movement, the joy of health, the joy of nature and, more than anything before it, the joy of life. Every step, every breath and every meter out on the trails are the best of the day.
  • Ally Speirs The freedom to go where few can go, the silence at the top, and the peace within
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Mario Perez Bautista Trail running is all about free your mind and move your soul according with nature
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Richard Hurdle Trail running for me is about finding new amazing places, sometimes far away, sometimes on your doorstep, always in your soul
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Ian Campbell Running the way you feel. Taking a familiar route or exploring the options of new trails. I love running the same trails throughout the year, spring, summer, autumn or winter, day or night. They are all different and you experience everything that nature and this earth has to provide and it creates a love of this earth much more so than in the cities on Tarmac.
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Abhishek Sengupta Trail running for me is about searching for those pockets of silence where I can root and grow.
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Chris Schultheiss Trail running fro me is about the community of runners, I love the people!
  • Martin Pether Trail running is ‘special’, simple as
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Picos Xtreme Trail running is a lifestyle and a way of live that we love!!
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Emanuel Simoes trail running is a way out of myself, a way to forget the world’s problems and merging with Mother Nature. I feel as small as an ant when I run in the mountain, and that feels so good.
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Michael Roberts if you’re trail running, you’re living and everything else is just waiting.
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Andrew Titus trail running for me is knowing that I am the part of the forest that is breathing.
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David Eastham Trail running for me is about finding my ‘self’…. Who I am.
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Marlon Voorn Trail running is for my…. freedom and are one with the nature!!!
  • Asmina Piškulić Being I.
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Nicola’s Holy It’s like explore myself everywhere
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Ellie Mackin Trail running is different things on different days: a chance to escape, a chance to push myself, a chance to meditate, a chance to sweat it out. Trail running is what you need it to be on the day.
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Trailrunning Osttirol trail running isn´t a lifestyle. It´s life!
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Wlodec Da Lukas This is my way.
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Martin Pether Trail running is ‘special’, simple as
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Picos Xtreme Trail running is a lifestyle and a way of live that we love!!
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Emanuel Simoes trail running is a way out of myself, a way to forget the world’s problems and merging with Mother Nature. I feel as small as an ant when I run in the mountain, and that feels so good.
  • Alessandro Vigano’ exploring the world!!
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Angie Zee quiet
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Curt Krieger Hitting the trails each day is like hitting the reboot button and getting that fresh start!
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Jill Buckenham Trail running teaches me to open my mind… to listen… to see… to be patient… to find peace and energy.
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Geoff Smyth Being in the midst of beauty finding my inner self-losing the hectic world around us. If I were fit enough I would stay on the trails day and night.
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Charlie Hunsberger Trail running for me is about re-convening with nature, and nurturing my soul!
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Kristin Jossi Zosel Trail running is about freedom and celebrating life!
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Ron Castillo Finding my peace.
  • d’Jo Vander Linden Trail running is one of the millions of ways to find sensations you are looking for, find yourself, freedom, escape from stress, break routine, get stronger and fitter…. But most of all, a motivation to live life, there’s always a new track for tomorrow
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Dave Deason Trail running is about the clean air, the freedom and the feel of a mountaintop as we summit
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Steven Stainthorpe trail is my way of meeting new people and new runs; it’s my new adventure
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Chris Tack is about not having to answer questions about what things are about!
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John Dayton Trail running is pushing beyond your comfort zone and testing your limits all while being surrounded by nature. And sometimes she’s a mother.
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David Monge Garcia What about ‘trail running is increasing the flavor of a beer x5’??? Everything smells and tastes of heaven after a trail LR!!!
  • Rannelle McCoy Trail running is harmony of mind, body and spirit, in the nurturing embrace of Mother Nature.
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Holly Miller It’s my moving meditation.
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Stephan Roos Trail running for me is about freedom and connecting with nature and friends.
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Brian Watson Trail running …feel alive were all signs of man disappear. (Somewhere in the Australian bush).
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Rubén Quesada López Trail running is MOUNTAIN LIVE
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Tefal Trailrunner T – Trepidation, taking the first steps in to the wilderness – Rejoicing in what Nature can offer us. A – Adventure, going where you want, when you want. I – Inspiration, from all the scenery and experiences you run through. L – Laughing out loud during a fast descent or when on your own in the middle of nowhere.
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Jorge Laustalet Trail running is returning to nature
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Les Hall Trail running is my ALIVE time.
  • Richard Lendon Trail running quieting the voice inside
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John Meijberg Trail running is living your life and leave the trails.
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Omar Rodríguez Rodríguez Trail Running brings you freedom when you’re running through the mountains and trees, while you’re breathing fresh air in the morning or in the evening. It doesn’t matter where you do it, always it feels the same. This is because Trail Running is a life way. Everyone can touch the sky, there’s no limit.
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Mayte Pach Trail running for me is a mix of inside peace, mental relax and love the nature.
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Pablo Cascante Barahona For me trail running is the beginning of the rest of my life.
  • Phillip Gibb Freedom
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Sophia Tam Trail running is a way to know myself and enjoy the moment in the nature.
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Andrew Bowen In a word Therapy! A path to leave the world behind, think clearly and to do more than you ever thought you could.
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Alain Riedacker Exploration of our environment and own limits in peaceful settings
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Richard Ferron is about getting out of the city for real pleasure, not artificial.
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Joeri Van den Brande being completely free as a person and completely connected to nature as a being.
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Josep M. Vileu Freedom.
  • Martin Stacy Escape.
  • Darren Gillman It’s the part of my life that I love, and that keeps me just about sane enough to survive those parts of my life that I have to do.
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Marcelo Jiménez Roqhuett Trail Running is about exploring my life thru that experience, and finding more inspiration around every corner I turn.
  • Gemma Carter Trail running is where I experience a deeper sense of myself- its the opportunity to dig down deeper. Under the layers that our superficial life can build around me that cause me stress and worry. It’s where I feel simply most me. Pure. Calm and free…

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71 thoughts on “Trail running for me is?

  1. Trail running for me is a chance to loose myself on the trail, in the forest and on the hills, In doing so I’m starting to find my true self.

  2. Trail running isnt just about running. It’s freedom and a chance for me to bond with my dog in an atmosphere and ‘playground’ that we both love. He loves being back and running through the woods and I love feeling the exhilaration of the different terrain and feeling like we should all feel: free.

  3. Trail Running is all about exploration of land and self. My mind is never more clear and free as it is when running in the mountains.

  4. Trail running is about exploration of lands and mind. I am freee of distraction and achieve clarity while running if the mind is not free then running is no longer fun.

  5. @kimwrinkle
    Trail running for me is freedom, plain and simple! Freedom from time, space, distance, urban madness, rules, schedules…freedom to explore and express, freedom to appreciate and enjoy nature!

  6. Trail running is sensual; earth aromas penetrating deep into your lungs, flora brushing against your epidermis, buttercups smiling, and feeling alive from the sting of a misplaced step.

  7. Trail running is being one with the nature and oneself.
    When I was 6, people told me that I may spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Today, I am 48 and I enjoy each second I can spend running on the trails in Chamonix or Whitehorse (Yukon Territory, Canada). Trail running helped me a lot in better knowing who I am and finding the right balance in my life.

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