Trail running is, without doubt, one of the greatest influences on my life. It makes me happy. The simplicity of putting one foot in front of the other and moving at a quicker than walking pace is so basic, yet so liberating. Even when I don’t really even feel like heading out on the trails, I come back feeling just a bit more positive about everything.
Due to our physiology, many argue we humans are the ultimate long-distance running animals, and I tend to agree. Theories of our ancestors ‘outrunning’ animal predators and prey in order to survive are legend. Such theories have given birth to some great reading, such as Born to Run.
However, for me it’s something even more basic than that, that inside all of us there is the capacity to run and it comes from our wild ancient heritage.
Perhaps therein lies two key reasons I trail run, because I believe we humans were designed to run therefore we should and, more so, doing it brings me the closest I can ever get to my ancestral past. It connects me not just with my ancestors but also with nature. Something that is explained in the ‘Run the Wild – Spirit of Trail Running’ mini film