http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201107 ... nning.aspx
Silent running is a short blog that looks at one persons evolution into a trail runner. I found some interesting analogies to how different people perceive the forest - whether they watch the small details, sit and enjoy the quietness and observe, measure trees, or hurry through as if on a mission to check off another trail hiked.
A stroll through the woods can inspire, but to experience nature as your fleet-footed ancestors did, lose the clunky shoes
By Daniel Duane | Photos by Martin Sundberg
Moving fast in the wilderness, you miss a lot. This became obvious to me during a 100-mile backpacking trip in the High Sierra many years ago. I took the occasional rest day, lying around for hours and napping in the shade of a meadow's edge. Everything came alive to me in my stillness. I saw the tiny wildflowers I hadn't noticed while pounding down the trail. I saw high-altitude butterflies and two does and three fawns also waiting out the midday heat, unaware that I was watching...
I enjoy walking, and of course I see more and think more at a slower pace--count more flower petals, as it were. But I feel vital and alive when I run. Not that it's easy, or easy on the body.