When you hear the phrase ‘trail running’ I think it’s common to immediately picture some technical, singletrack trail that carves its way up a mountain. And that is trail running. But trail running is a lot more than that, too.
The definition of trail running can be pretty subjective. But these are my thoughts on the matter. A trail is any non-paved running surface. That can mean dirt, grass, gravel, and even sand.
In my mind, I became a trail runner in the winter in 2013. I had just finished my first marathon, and I was ready for some unstructured running and a change of scenery. However, I’ve been a trail runner longer than that. I’ve pretty much been a trail runner since Barry and I moved in 2012. It was then that my running buddy, Kim, and I started running on a trail that is primarily crushed gravel. By my definition, that’s a trail. I wonder if Kim realizes she’s a trail runner, too. 🙂
What’s your definition of a trail?