A few days ago I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Kay from Twistheadcats.com about Trailrunning which made me think properly about the reason why I fell in love with this sport.
The struggles of a beginner with multiple interests
As I said to Kay, I’ve only just started at the end of last year and I am still at the starting line of becoming a serious trail runner. There isn’t as much time for training as I wished there would be. Due to the fact that my man and I have multiple interests and don’t really want to focus on only one thing. We love hiking and mountain biking as well and if you have a full-time job, a house and a social life there is only a certain amount of time for sport left, especially if said sport is dependent on the weather. You don’t really want to be in the mountains (or outside that is) during a thunderstorm.
Anyway, we are lucky enough to live in an area where the next trails aren’t far away and we can go for a trail run after work at least once a week. But once a week is not enough for getting better in running uphill in a few months. So we are aiming for more now.
Trail Running at the Schneeberg
Only yesterday we were out for a run at the Schneeberg, the highest mountain of Lower Austria. There are two competitions at the Schneeberg in Trail Running every year: The Fadensteiglauf up to Fischerhütte and the Schneeberglauf. Last one is a race man against machine. The runners are competing against the old tram up to the peak. The route is 10 kilometres long and 1.200 metres of altitude. We were curious about the course and my man is playing with the thought of taking part at the competition next year. So, yesterday we ran the first course section which is about five kilometres and over 400 metres of altitude. For me, it was enough. My man is in better shape than me, but still struggled with the time. If you want to take part at the race, you should be able to run this course section in about 20 minutes. Believe me, we did not manage to reach the Hengsthütte in 20 minutes. It took me 49 minutes. *shameoneme*
Anyway, I’m proud, because I did it. We reached our goal for the day, I reached my personal goal. There’s nothing more I could have asked for. Moreover, now I’m even more into trail running. I set up new goals for me to reach until the end of the season. Even if those goals may be laughable for better runners, those are my personal goals and I’m the only one I have to compete with.
Why I love running in the mountains
So what is it about trail running? In the interview I already said it: I love the mountains and I love hiking. A few years ago I was wholeheartedly into running too, but I lost my joy for it because running in and around the city got boring. Trail running is the perfect match for me: It combines my love for the mountains with my now newfound love for running. I am very glad that I can really enjoy running again, because I missed it.
Running in the mountains and offside paved roads is a great way to relax after a hard day at work. It is perfect to lose yourself in the beauty of the nature and the sound of your steps on the trail ahead. In the past I always listened to music while running. Nowadays I prefer running without music because I like the tranquillity. And because I’m mostly running with my man and we like to chat, at least on the way downhill (uphill I am not that talky…what a suprise. 😉 ).
Perfect on more than two accounts
For me, trail running is the perfect way for enjoying great nature while exercising. Besides, it is a good training for your coordination and concentration abilities. You only need the right running shoes for you and proper clothes, I highly recommend a running vest for your essentials and water, because when the runs are getting longer, you need enough to drink with you. Apart from that, you only need yourself and joy for running. Trail running is the perfect way for staying fit and for escaping the stress for a few hours. Nothing is more rewarding than a breath-taking view after a challenging ascent. At least then, at the moment of reaching the peak every effort is worth it. Nothing else matters. You just achieved something great.