Alex Honnold climbs rocks - really, really big rocks. Recently he climbed the 2000 ft. face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park WITHOUT A ROPE. He truly is a world class climber and is changing the perception of climbing with the general public.
So what does he do when he needs to blow off steam and reset? He runs trails. "Sometimes it's just nice to run," he continues. "Like a kid."
He explained that this spring he took some time off from climbing and needed to reset. He spent a lot of time running trails in Yosemite to experience things not only for fitness but also to explore as a tourist would.
Alex normally enjoys hiking more than running, but most of the hikes in Yosemite can take a full day to complete. He figures that by running the trails instead, he can cut that time in half.
His longest runs are around 5 hours, but that includes plenty of time to ascend the large elevation gains as well as time to stop and take in the beauty of his surroundings. Trail running certainly has that inherent benefit - making you forget the hard parts of running because you are surrounded by all the beauty nature has to offer.
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