Pining for the Lonesome Trail

Why do we trail run?

We run to challenge ourselves.

For camaraderie.

For exercise.

Because we can do it from our front door.

When we want to.

For as long, or as little, as we feel like.

To explore.

For headspace.

To be alone.

I think one thing unites trail runners, whichever boxes we tick-

We pine for the lonesome trail.

 

Laurel and Hardy

I love Laurel and Hardy, among other incredible comedians from the black-and-white era. They pre-date me officially, but I very much grew up watching them, and am passing them onto my children – post about that soon.

They could sing too – check them out singing ‘Trail of the Lonesome Pine’… and then my new lyrics below!

Pining for the lonesome trail

(My version of the above. Caveat that I have not – yet – been to Virginia!)

In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
How I pine for the lonesome Trail
In the pale moonshine our hearts entwine
Where you found your flow and I found mine
Oh, you – like the mountains are blue
Like the trail – I am lonesome for you
In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
How I pine for the lonesome Trail.
On a mountain in Virginia winds a lonesome Trail
Running there, winding up and down is my holy grail
I find my flow and soon, soon I feel this is what I need
For I know it’s all here for me – it’s easy to believe..

In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
How I pine for the lonesome Trail
In the pale moonshine our hearts entwine
Where you found your flow and I found mine


Thanks for reading. I’m a keen trail runner and for some reason I like trails in the mountains. I’m currently trying to train myself to run more of the ascents. Part of what I love about trail running is the variety, and, to be honest, the fact that I don’t feel obliged to just keep running, since with trail running it’s common to power hike (or sometimes just keep moving one foot and then the other) up the steep ascents. So for me it’s not just the variety of terrain and aspect, but the switching between gruelling hiking and sudden bliss of flat and the opposite challenge of technical downhill running.

I’m in the ‘Masters 1’ or ‘V1F’ age category. I’d love to connect with other female trail runners out there. Feel free to comment!

You might also enjoy this post – a poem I wrote about running.

I also write about living overseas (currently France), language learning and other things that pop into my mind. Do come again.

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