Running long distances on the trails gives you ample time to think and ponder on the wonders of life. As I was running one day I was reflecting on why I like running now. 4 years ago I hated it. Only really did it to be able to do triathlons. Never over trained that part of my training. I always had to listen to music to keep my mind occupied from running and days my IPod was dead I didn’t run or only ran a shorter distance. The difference is running in nature.
I have always been fascinated in zodiac signs and their meanings. I think the information has merit and the relationship to your sign and your presence/place on this Earth says a lot. There are 12 astrological signs. I am a Taurus. Some key characteristics of a Taurus are:
(you can read more info here- http://zodiac-signs-astrology.com/zodiac-signs/taurus.htm )
Taurus Strength Keywords:
Taurus Weakness Keywords:
If you know me I would think you would see these and say oh yeah that is you. (-: So the point of this post. Running in nature! “The element of Earth is attached to the signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, and it also rules the Second, Sixth and Seventh Houses. All the earthy metaphors are appropriate here: salt of the Earth, feet firmly planted on the ground and so forth. Those graced by an Earth sign in their horoscope are practical, grounded and dependable. These folks don’t take big risks; rather, they much prefer a sure thing.” Again, I enjoy trail running because I can be one with nature. I do not like being closed up in a house or building, open the windows and let the breeze through. I love the beach, mountains, sun and snow. I can feel it, smell it and anything about nature I feel connected with. I love flowers, all flowers. I love to look at them and smell them. However, I don’t really have a “green thumb” and struggle to maintain their beauty in my own yard. (remember the laziness keyword above)
Our DNA is built from the dirt, water and plants we eat. I am most at ease and happiest when I am in nature. Running in nature is so much more enjoyable than on a treadmill or on the pavement for me. When I run at Paris Mountain ( http://southcarolinaparks.com/parismountain/introduction.aspx ) there is a trail called Kanuga. It’s a fun downhill but challenging up hill. At the bottom before you get to the North Lake there are 2 trees that are exactly side by side with the trail running between them. (note to self, stop one day and take a picture of these trees) Every time I run through those trees I put my hands out and brush them along the trees. Basically giving the trees a high five. I get to feel the strength of the trees and connection they have to the earth by touching them. It’s hard to explain this but it does give me some insight as to my love for trail running now.
Trail running in pictures… Enjoy!