For this group of Bay Area runners, trail running is a way of life. They draw motivation, inspiration, and tranquility from running these beautiful trails every week.
Kateri McLucas does some city running during the week, but every weekend she makes it a priority to get out to the trails. It feels like a breath of fresh air every time. She says it's a great time to process all the thoughts that come up throughout the day. It's like a form of therapy.
Larisa Dannis says that trail running is more about the experience and the connection you feel with nature than achieving an athletic goal. That connection is much harder to find on a city street, and nearly impossible to find on a treadmill. Other members of their group, Nick Schwanz and Mike Abell agree. Trail running is about getting away from all of life's distractions and being totally absorbed in nature.
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Running in the Bay Area is a particularly unique experience. You can come across multiple different landscapes - ocean views, mountains, forests, and meadows, in less than a five mile run. Trail running in particular is an easy sport to do spontaneously, whenever the mood happens to strike. You don't need any equipment, just your legs and a pair of running shoes.
Running trails has become a ritual for this group. They love running together because it gives them time to catch up and socialize, and within that same run they also have time to meditate and mentally reset after a busy work week. They all agree that nothing compares to running in nature. You get into a flow and it takes you out of life's regular chaos to a place of total serenity.
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