When I walked a marathon in 2017, I met Edward Chapman, aka The Trail Running Man. The walk took more than 9 hours, so we had a long time to chat. At one point during that walk, we started talking about magazines we like to read. Edward mentioned a running magazine called Like the Wind. He said it was a magazine full of running stories. Because I also told stories about running on my blog, he thought I might like it.
He was right. And I didn’t just like it. I loved it!
This beautiful magazine is an absolute joy to read. When it arrives in the mail, I literally squeal with excitement. Each edition of the magazine is a collection of running stories from different contributors. There are personal anecdotes, poems, race recaps, photojournalism and inspirational stories, each one beautifully illustrated by a different artist.
The latest edition – Issue #19 – is extra special because one of those beautifully illustrated stories is mine.
Several months ago, I reached out to the founders and suggested a couple story ideas. I work in PR and reach out to magazines and newspapers all the time with story ideas, so I know how this works. It’s hard to get an editor’s attention so I was fully prepared to be completely ignored.
Much to my amazement, I received a reply saying they liked my idea, and asked me to write the article for the next edition! I was thrilled!
By total coincidence, Issue 19 also happened to be their five-year anniversary edition so to celebrate, they held contributor party in London last week.
As a brand-new contributor, I felt really honoured to be there among all the wonderful writers, artists and story-tellers that contribute to this beautiful publication.
In addition to hearing from some of the contributors, we also got to screen a brand-new film about the Barkley Marathons by Alexis Bergs.
And there was cake.
My article was illustrated by the talented Matthew Brazier. It perfectly brings my story to life (even though the girl is a brunette!)
The story is about my obsession with running kit and how hard it is to get rid of it. It’s a bit of a silly story, but I think it is a something that many runners can relate to. No spoilers. If you’re interested, I would love for you to support this amazing magazine by buying a copy here.
Like the Wind?
Speaking of wind… I was supposed to do my first race of the season today. It was a duathlon at the Velopark consisting of a 2-mile run, 10-mile bike and 1-mile run. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to Storm Gareth, which brought weather warnings including 65mph gales across the country today! I’ve done this duathlon twice before and the Velopark tends to be windy even on seemingly calm days so it was probably a good thing that they cancelled it. However, I was pretty bummed about it. We hadn’t seen the email so we spent the morning getting ready. Right before we went to leave, we saw the email telling us not to come.
Like the Wind!
We spent about 60 seconds moping, feeling a bit forlorn and purposeless. We were all dressed up with nowhere to go! We saw there was an Orangetheory class starting in about 15 minutes, so we raced out the door and ran to the gym!
It wasn’t a duathlon, but it was an OK substitute. I even managed to run my fastest pace ever on the treadmill – 11mph!
Not exactly the day I had planned, but we salvaged it!