Like the Wind | Number 30
A serious commitment to rediscover the joy of running
When you're in the middle of a training block or looking to hit a new performance goal, running is - and rightly so - a serious endeavor. As athletes around the world strive for ever longer runs or more challenging landscapes - and following fatal incidents in China and elsewhere - in issue 30 of Like the Wind, we investigate whether the Modern ultra-distance running is becoming dangerous, especially for non-professional competitors.
We also spoke with Stephanie Case, Canadian human rights activist, whose Free to Run program - which has brought so many Afghan women to the world of running, outdoor exercise and experiences that give them confidence - has been inevitably suppressed since the Taliban regained political control of Afghanistan. Stephanie, along with former Free to Run participants now living outside Afghanistan, explain the benefits of the program and the challenges Afghan women face today.
However, for the thirtieth issue of Like the Wind, we also wanted to take a look at the absolute pleasure that running can provide. After all, we wouldn't be so passionate about sharing running stories and images if we didn't like it. Editor-in-chief Simon Freeman researched the reasons we get it right by lacing laces and putting one foot in front of the other - positive vibes of pushing one's body toward a new goal in the shameless pursuit of happiness.
Fell running, arguably North West England's best kept secret, is a form of running that always seems to make people happy, whether they've just hit a scree slope as fast as possible or 'they then enjoy a pie and a pint. We take a closer look at downhill running and discover an amazing community around the sport, which extends (exceptionally) to all age groups. (Oh, and we're not ignoring areas outside of North West England where mountain running is popular ... in fact, our collaborator Colin Kirk-Potter makes a great advocacy for mountain running at Dartmoor).
One thing we take very seriously at Like the Wind is collecting and curating stories and images from around the world. In issue # 30, you can discover words and opinions from Kenya, Canada, Belgium, USA, Australia ... and even a fantasy land where an epic fictional adventure follows a couple of running messengers.
We hope you find happiness and inspiration in this issue. This is the case for us.