It’s just fun to come upon a rocky section in the trail, especially if I have to go up. The challenge is to see how fasts I can get through the rocky terrain and get to the top.
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Hopefully through this blog and the photos page, you’ve seen that Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, is a beautiful place to see. Runners with a lot of trail running experience will already know this advice, but often we have runners who have spent more time on the smooth roads. The advice: Watch the trail in front of you.
I will admit, I have tripped, luckily not fallen, because I gazed too long at a beautiful view while running the trails. (And yes, the view I’m talking about is the lake, volcanoes, etc. However, I’m sure I tripped a few times in college while running around campus.) So, if you want to enjoy the view while on the trails, just stop for a few seconds, we do it all the time.
Based on the fact that I’m blogging for a hiking and trail running adventure company, the answer to this question for me should be perfectly clear. But sometimes it is easy to forget how nice the dirt trail feels on the feet, joints, etc. Like everyone else, I don’t always have time everyday to head off into the mountains and run on beautiful trails for hours on end. Sometimes I need to just get out and back quickly and get the miles done. This means that I run from my house around town, on asphalt and cobblestone streets. (As a side note, cobblestone streets can be quite challenging.) I may do this for a few days in a row when I’m busy with other things. And then I set aside the time and hit the trails. Ahhhhh, much better! That trail run is easier and more enjoyable than those street runs. The time goes by faster and the body doesn’t get so much pounding. What would you rather do?
I love single track trail running! In fact I love any non-asphalt running surface, but there is something about single track. It’s like you’re running through the wild. You have to pay more attention to where you place each foot. It makes a run go by fast because of the extra mental effort of watching your footing carefully.
So many of the single track trails around Lake Atitlan will never be found in any guidebook. These trails are usually commuter trails. While running you will often cross paths with a Guatemalan going to or from work. Work may be their own corn field or a coffee plantation. The men carry machetes, their main tool used at work.
This is what makes trail running adventures so fun in Guatemala. You get to see beautiful scenery and beautiful culture in action. Come run some single track.
What do you do when you are running along a trail and come across a beautiful waterfall? If you’re this lucky trail runner, you get under the waterfall. He said the water was pretty cold. We ran across this waterfall on a trail above Panajachel and had to stop. This is what you get on a running vacation!
This is one of the wooden staircases that you have to climb on the trail to the top of Mayan Face. And trust me, those handrails are there for a reason. It gets real steep as you get closer to the top. It’s 2000′ in elevation gain in one and a half miles. Very fun.