Most people never run far enough…

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” – William James

The one hobby I have undertaken since moving to California is trail running. Practically, it combines two passions of mine — being outside and exercising — during a life stage when I have very little free time. Two times a week, I lose myself in the beautiful scenery of Northern California. My thoughts drift between big dreams for the future and convincing myself that I can make it up the next hill. Each run completed is a personal victory that leaves me with a smile.


Last month, I was able to observe the completion of The Western States 100-mile race in Auburn. There were no distinguishing physical features of the 24-hour finishers as they came in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, genders and ages. This confirmed my personal experience that trail running is more mental than physical. For me it is about a belief in a goal, enjoying the accomplishments along the way and a commitment to finishing.