Straight lines and ovals are most definitely inferior when compared to the nonlinear topography of Terraining (or Runagading as I’ve come to call it), a nature-based relative of the more urban-focused Freerunning. Threading trees, charging up and down hills, coursing over variegated sections of grass and dirt is the ONLY way to run. Treating the park or preserve as an unbounded canvas with which to color and texture creates an aesthetic both inside and out.
Here’s the Kiwanis Loop from the corner soccer field at College & Guadalupe to the top of the single field off Baseline, down along the canal and back to the origin. This circuit offers 2.6 miles of diverse scenery from ballfields and bridges to a man-made lake and canal path on its western border.
I call this Slalom Skying- instead of skiing- because it feels quite uplifting as you rise over hills as they yield elevated perspectives and kinetic energy shifts… and there’s nothing better than hi-fiving a tree as you skirt around its trunk.
And here’s a YouTube rendering of the event:
And the data for the dorks (ME!):
Name: Kiwanis Slalom Skying
Activity type: running
Description: Kiwanis hill threading.
Total distance: 4.17 km (2.6 mi)
Total time: 19:35
Moving time: 19:35
Average speed: 12.78 km/h (7.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 12.78 km/h (7.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 22.50 km/h (14.0 mi/h)
Average pace: 4:42 min/km (7:33 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 4:42 min/km (7:33 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 2:40 min/km (4:17 min/mi)
Max elevation: 348 m (1142 ft)
Min elevation: 326 m (1071 ft)
Elevation gain: 56 m (185 ft)
Max grade: 8 %
Min grade: -10 %
Recorded: 11/12/2014 5:39 AM