There is a breed of people who benefit from getting into the outdoors. I think might be one of them. I don’t want to just be in the great outdoors, I want the thrill of moving through the great outdoors. There’s an element of risk obviously, but even that can be beneficial.
For the most part, it does me the world of good & here’s one of the reasons.
Take something as simple as hill running. As soon as you take your first step on the trail, you start to focus on feeling what the ground is like under your foot. With the next step you start evaluating where you want your next stride to take you. As you move forward you realise you need to start thinking two, three or more steps ahead.
While all this is happening, you are monitoring what is going on with your body. “Am I too warm, too cold, thirsty, chaffing, how’s the knee holding up, how’s this pace, can I maintain it?” And everything is moving, lungs, feet, elbows and quite a few wobbly bits are wobbling more than usual. Even the horizon is wobbling. As the ground steepens, even breathing becomes a conscious effort.
Your whole body is now having a heated and lively conversation with your onboard trip computer. Which is a necessary arrangement, unless you want to find yourself on your arse.
It’s like turning off the auto-pilot. Slightly uncomfortable at first, but then surprisingly good fun.