By Mathias Eichler
Winter, trails, darkness, and all the weather.
One last hurrah before the end of the year. Runners, get ready for a fun and festive holiday treat along the trails of Squaxin Park.
Zach Miller for iRunFar:
Even if all the races ceased to exist, we’d still have running. We’d have the power in our legs and the breath in our lungs. We’d have the mountains to climb and canyons to cross. We’d have sunrises, sunsets, and starry skies. We’d have the ability to wonder how far and how fast we could go and the means to find out. We’d have joy, awe, and wonder. We’d have tired legs and overflowing hearts.
I don’t disagree here at all. This is what it’s all about, and this is why we run. After a busy summer season of racing the pendulum swings the other way. One looks for the essence, and even peace in our daily movement. But I also see this as a natural swing toward the other end of the spectrum of our sport. Summer is far away, and I bet once racing season upon us the runners who aren’t just born to run, but love to race will find themselves on some of the most competitive starting lines. And come end of August most elites will toe the line in Chamonix.