We are going over various types of hikers that we meet along the trail when out enjoying nature and today we are featuring the Trail Runner Hiker.
Now the Trail Runner “Hiker” is a special breed of hiker. Hiker is in quotes for the Trail Runner because they hike at a much higher speed and depending on your definition it might not really look like what you’ve experienced as hiking. Some Trail Runner hikers even take it too the next level by adding weight jackets. Gotta feel the burn! Besides the weight jackets the Trail Runners typically have no other weight except perhaps carrying a squirt style water bottle. There will be a Tarpestry at the end/beginning of the trail either at the car or campsite for easy wardrobe change. Trail Runners are often seen in the parking lot in the back of their suvs sitting on a Classic Tarpestry eating orange slices and either tying or untying their trail sneakers.
It is quite impressive passing, or getting passed by, a Trail Runner “Hiker”. While the normal hiker is maybe breaking a small sweat and breathing a little harder than normal the Trail Runner is whizzing by, not sweating, not breathing hard and wearing a weight jacket. Just remember not to judge yourself and be grateful for the time you have out there too. You’re doing great! We’re talking about some serious athletes here. Always happy and full of energy the Trail Runner “Hiker” is typically fun to talk to but this most likely will only happen at the parking lot. One of the most elusive hikers on the trail….either seen by all or seen by none.