When running can make a huge difference to your life for all the right reasons, this is something that can take the shine out of the bling. I’ve done all sorts of races—mostly fell or cross-country, with short, sharp hills, fast downhills, sprints here and there, to long mountainous endurance trails and multi-stage adventure races where there was no option to change my shorts—and I’ve yet to manage any of them without emptying a bladder that I had thought was already empty. I’ve often felt let down by my own body, and brain, for tricking me into a false sense of comfort!
I ran the downhills, most of the flats, walked the uphills. I captured views on my own doorstep that I’d never seen before. Heard new natural experiences, collected new memories. Can there really be any better way of discovering this planet than on foot? They should make this into a prescription; my mind was allowed space to subconsciously work through issues, and my body was allowed the freedom to move and breathe away from pollution.