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An introduction to trail running

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A couple of years ago, while walking through lower Sage Hills, I made a discovery.

Sun setting to the west, the trails meandered beautifully, like veins. Birds were singing, beetles crawling and flowers gratuitously blossomed. Then, silently, a man ran up behind me and passed on the left. I watched as he disappeared slowly over the crest of the next hill.

The first thing I remember thinking was, “Wait, you can run up this?” It had never occurred to me…

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