The Art of Endurance.

Words by; Robin Leilani Vieira Most of us runners are considered “crazy people” by the rest of the population, regardless of the distance, terrain, or pace we run. Running IS hard- hard on the body and mind. So, why do we do it?  My running journey began not in the mountains or the trails, but with my sister, Kelsey, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. As a little girl, I found…

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The Human Spirit | Found On The Trails Around Chamonix

Words and images by: Simon Freeman Drifting off to sleep, gazing up at deep black, cloudless sky full of stars and the vast, sweeping brush-stroke of the Milky Way, I thought that the sunrise would wake me. After all, there was no way to cover the windows. It was mid-summer in the higher reaches of the French Alps, during one of the hottest June weeks on record. And the sun would be up early. Like…

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Basketball Was Life

Words by: Kimberly Hyacinthe Illustrations: Sarah Cotton Basketball was my first love. I played it during most of my high school. So when one of my friends asked me to join her in entering a regional track and field school race, I refused. I thought it was something like the cross-country races we had to do in the fall for gym class. I was good at it, but I wasn’t a fan, because lungs and…

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Stories | The Thing Most Likely to Kill Me, is Me

Words by Justin Reid-Simms (@houseofcardinal) Photos by Peigh Asante (@Peigh) The thing most likely to kill me, is me. That sentence, that short sentence, is echoing around my head right now. It’s taken directly from a video that CALM produced last week that, for me, encapsulated everything we need to be doing right now to better understand mental health issues and normalize conversation around them.  Narrated by the words of actual men going through depression…

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Breathe In. Breathe Out.

Words by: Sierra Asplundh Images by: Geoffrey Knott & Sierra Asplundh Breathe in. Breathe out. Alarm goes off. It’s a summer morning back in 2008. I reach for the water glass by my bed and slowly sip, awaking my metabolism along with those other bodily functions. My training plan calls for 30 minutes of cardio as I begin my summer training, heading into my first year of playing collegiate field hockey. I’m able to train…

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STRINGBEAN – The Appalachian Trail in Record Time

Words by Joe McConnaughy aka Stringbean Documentary by: Joe McConnaughy and Pilot Field The Appalachian Trail was a huge undertaking – probably the biggest, gnarliest adventure that I will ever do in the rest of my life. And I am okay with that. After finishing the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2014, I told myself I would never do something like that again. But I had a voice in the back of my mind. IF I…

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Thank you.

Words by: Joshua Parker Pictures by: Greg Snyder I just wanted to say thank you Angus. Thank you for eagerly waking me up every morning before the sun rises to make sure I get the miles in. Thank you for being excited no matter how painfully cold, terribly rainy or ridiculously snowy it is outside. Thank you for pushing me to keep going with uninhibited exuberance and abandon, no matter how exhausted I may be.…

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Pain, Adversity, and Triumph: The Patagonia Expedition Race

Words by: Chelsey Magness Images by: Bend Racing “So, do you want to do this thing next weekend?  I think you would really like it, we are going to run around the desert and use all of our gear for a few hours.” “Yes! Of course!” In all truthfulness, I would’ve done anything, as long as it included him. A few days later, I stepped on to the start line with a group of other athletes.…

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Uprooted, yet grounded

I have been uprooted. My roots are dangling in the air. Trying to find a stable home.   For the last 7 months, the longest consecutive period I have spent in a country is 21 days. The next longest period is 12 days. I have to admit, there are positives to this situation. I have a job I love, and I have been able to travel to some great cities. For this I am thankful.…

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Running in Tao.

Words by Hakim Tafari,  images by Sarah Cotton Every time you run, you create the quality Of your own experience. Runners often speak of pain and of course, if you want that You can have all you want merely by pushing yourself beyond your limits Every time you run. It’s your choice of whether to run to punish yourself Or to experience yourself. If you choose, with me, the latter, Then every run can be…

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The Leadville 100 and attending your own funeral.

words and images by Eric Lipuma Leading up to the Leadville 100 I was in the best shape of my life. I had some early season success with winning my first National title and was very excited to test myself on one of the countries more well-known trail races. During winter I had focused exclusively on road ultras and was pretty confident that the relatively flat Leadville course would be a great place to combine…

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Unicorns, Weight Loss and Social Media

By Marc Schultz In spite of arguing unsuccessfully with my running app on the accuracy of the distances we cover, it has none the less been a part of my recent success in taking back my health. That, and my daughter’s newly found appreciation for make believe animals. While slouched uncomfortably on the couch, she says to me “Dad, you should run like a unicorn.” I ask what that means, expecting I will get a…

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A Grand Gesture of Goodbye

Words by: Jeanne Mack Illustrations by: Sarah Cotton A week had passed, and I still couldn’t go down stairs. Shuffling my feet as I creaked into an about-face at the top of a staircase to descend backwards made it a bit easier. But not much. Any bodily motion I made left me feeling like a colony of tiny, irate gremlins had settled into my lower body in order to work their anger out by using…

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Wild Bruce Chase – Ganaraska Trail

Photos and words by Sydney Allen-Ash This is my third year capturing the all-woman Wild Bruce Chase team in their completion of an end to end trail in the fastest known time (FKT). In 2016 they completed the Bruce Trail in the Bruce Peninsula, in 2017 they took on the Rideau Trail in Ottawa and this year it was the Ganaraska Trail that spanned approximately 600km from Port Hope to Devil’s Glen. While in contrast…
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Not Just a Race

– This story excerpt is one of our favourites from the archives of  Like the Wind , a beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine for runners, by runners. We all do it: book races because they sound great. Friends extol the virtues of this or that race and you go: “Ooh! I might try that.” I’m partly the “ooh” brigade and partly inner self-challenger. Let’s face it: we don’t choose easy races. Come to think of it, which races are…

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TSP4.0 — THE EXCHANGE

words and images by Jody Bailey. It typically has an RV or support vehicle present, is completely different for everyone involved every time, and will happen — on average — over one hundred and thirty times for a team of six. The exchange. Photos for the Take The Bridge team from The Speed Project racing from LA to Las Vegas. The Speed Project is a relay race from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles…
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Dick Beardsley: The Dating Game

– This story excerpt is one of our favourites from the archives of  Like the Wind , a beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine for runners, by runners. I’ve been running for 40-plus years now and have logged more than 150,000 miles, yet when I go to bed at night I can hardly wait to get up in the morning for my run. I’ve been very fortunate in my running, but when I look back on how I got started, it…

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Stories | They Can and They Do | The Rideau Trail FKT

The thing about this thing I have described as a race is that it isn’t one. On July 1st at 7:00AM eleven women and a support crew began a 328km relay across the Rideau Trail from Ottawa to Kingston. The relay would extend through the night and well into the following afternoon for the next 35 hours (34:40 if I’m being specific, I should be specific). I was corrected very early on by one of…

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Ciele Athletics - Jeggi Training Log

Stories | Mind and Meditation, Breath and Body | The Training Logs, November 15, 2016

Words by Jeggi Elinzano (@paavozatopek) I love racing. I grew up around a father that built racing cars, actually started racing cars myself, fell in love with biomechanics and the human body’s ability to adapt to methods of training in a consistent pursuit of speed, and, ultimately, became obsessed with the idea of trying to cover the length of any course in the shortest time possible. It has immense meaning for me since I oft…

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The Naked Walk

Stories | The Naked Walk

By Huyen Minh (@goldtogreen) As a girl and now as a woman, we are constantly thinking about and confronted with our bodies. There were always people around me, taking the right to say something about how I looked. From my parents, to kids from school, to magazines and advertising all over the place, it was too skinny, too brown, too tall, too flat – yes, flat chested – too this and that, 24/7. Growing up you…

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Stories | Training Logs | October 18th, 2016

Words by Jeggi Elinzano (@paavozatopek) Illustration by Swathi Ghanta (@swafflesnyc) While preparing for the Lehigh Valley Marathon in 2013, I was running in Bowdoin Park–a park in Wappingers Falls, New York in Dutchess County, home of the Nike Cross Nationals New York and Northeast Regionals, and most notably home to one of the grittiest and most challenging 5 km cross country courses on the East Coast. We were doing 3 times the 5k course, a…

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