This quote by Patrick Jaouen pretty much sums up how I feel about trail running.
“I love running. I’ve found that no drug, no drink or substance can offer me the same feeling. When I’m running, especially on a trail, I feel alive. I love the feeling of my heart pounding. I love the heaviness of my breath. I love feeling like an animal. I don’t know what it is but the further and harder I run, the better I feel and the more I want to do it. I have tried meditation, yoga, and various other types of activities to attempt to replicate this but all have failed. I want to run and run and run and run and run until I collapse exhausted and happy. I don’t know why but I do. I love running.”