|Sharing again...because this pic says everything I'm about to write here, and more....PC: Sarah Seads|
Trail running. Mountain running. Dancing.
But it wasn't until I stopped pushing, and started working WITH the mountain that I fell in love with it. When I read back over things I've written about my best days running, dance metaphor keeps popping up over and over. From a woman's perspective, a great dance partner leads you confidently. You can relax and flow with the dance as you match your partner step for step, perfectly in sync. When you and your partner apply just the right pressure against each other, you move as one to create a beautiful picture of human movement (which is much easier said than done.)
I'd like to suggest that trail and/or mountain running well executed is the exact same thing. The mountain is your partner, and you need to work together. As I talk with my running friends and the athletes that I coach, often hill training is met with dread, and races with lots of elevation create anxiety.
|Learning to climb in Squamish, BC:|
A perfect example of needing to work with the mountain rather than against it
|One of my favourite joy runs of the year - Cumberland Community Forest|
Now go out and find somewhere to dance.