The woodland trails make me feel free, but the mountains invigorate me! Never once have I regretted a day out in the hills, especially when I was running. No matter how hard a training day in the hills was, even if it was a complete “sufferfest” I always feel better for it, my most memorable training days in the mountains are the ones which were the toughest, or even the ones where I had an epic!
Being up high and looking down at everyday life in the surrounding towns makes you feel like you’ve left everything negative behind, it’s just you and the elements and that is natures therapy! Anyway, how can you get stressed out about work when you’re too busy desperatly trying to get some oxygen into your lungs on a big ascent!?
Although he wasn’t a mountain man, Bruce Lee said a great quote that I always think about when I’m in the hills:
“To refuse to be cast down, that is the lesson. Walk on and see a new view. Walk on and see birds fly. Walk on and leave behind all things that dam up the inlet of experience”
The Brecon Beacons National Park is fantastic for training too, it provides long ridges, steep ascents and open fells making it the perfect choice for any trail or fell runner, don’t think that it’s only good for a “little jolly” though, they are regularly used by our Armed Forces for training and in 2013 played host to the notoriously challenging Original Mountain Marathon, which I had the pleasure of competing in. This year the Brecon Beacons will be like a second home to me as I prep for 2014’s endurance adventures, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! So enough writing and sat in front of the laptop, it’s time to hit the hills!