4247Re: Gabor and the New record
- Jun 7, 2004OK, let me start my message with a "nice" poem by Sri Chinmoy with
the word "steep":
Although the path
Is stony and steep,
At the end of the path
Our Lord Beloved Supreme
Is eagerly waiting for our arrival.
I can fully understand your opinion about steep hills; I felt the
same way a few years ago. I don't remember when and why I started
enjoying running on (steep) hills, but somehow it happened.
I think in my case the reason is not just "oh, it's a good training
for my legs and lungs"; it has more to do with spending more time
with nature, and enjoying it's beauty. And mountains are definitely
a good place for this. I always try to spend at least a few tranquil
minutes sitting on a comfortable rock and looking at a lovely
Here are some examples why "steep" is at the same time "nice" for
There is a steep mountain not far away, and many times I ran up to
the top early in the morning just to enjoy the sunrise from there.
True, it's not easy to run up there, but the scenery is rewarding.
The steep mountain M.Latinova wrote about is one of my favourite
places. Only up, up, up, not even 1 meter is flat! But it is so
unique and beautiful...there are boulders everywhere on the way to
the top, and when I have time, I can never resist climbing a couple
of them. It gives me so much joy!
I visited a particular national park a few times to climb boulders
and just to catch flies. Once I was there I wanted to go to the top
of a high mountain I read about. Well, the trail happened to be a
steep one. I didn't have too much time, so what could I do? I had to
run. But it's unimportant. The view on the top (and also on the way
to the top) was just breath-taking. The vegetation completely
changed on the way; sometimes there was also snow in the shady
areas. It was definitely worth it to run; the amazing landscape gave
me a lot of energy.
I also ran two hilly trail races; one of them is a 50K (see Atulya's
message #3366). There were some very steep hills, which were very
trying but at the same time the view was beautiful. I liked these
races and the "stony and steep" hills a lot.
Anyway, as you see I associate steep hills with nice places and nice
experiences. My vocabulary does not reach far enough to give a
proper description, but I hope I've given an impression of what I
I am sure we have here others too with "nice and steep" hill running
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