An Ordinary Trail Runner: Ed’s Letter 01

Here we go…a sneak preview of TRM#1 Winter: the AU Ed’s letter…plenty more where this came from.

TRM editor running off steam

What kind of trail runner are you?

Tonight, as I write this, I am the Angry Trail Runner.

Not very Zen of me. Not very appropriate, either, for the first editorial of what we hope will be an inspirational magazine.

I’m angry about the TV program I just watched that introduced me to a theatre director who was shot in cold blood in Jenin, Palestine. Shot for trying to make a difference by encouraging Palestinians to revolt on stage, through art, rather than on the battlefield with guns.

I’m angry at myself, that I even turned the damn TV on.

I’m angry that my local river has been (allegedly) polluted by the upstream power plant – fish dead – and I’m angry that it’s obvious they are at fault but I still have to use the word allegedly.

I’m angry that one of my dearest friends has just been diagnosed with lymphoma.

I’m angry that I can’t pay my electricity bill.

I’m angry about big things, tonight, and about small things.

Things that matter and things that don’t.

Why’s there no bloody milk in the fridge?!!

You were expecting light and breezy, right? At the very least I should be writing about trail running by now. Perhaps some yarn about the way I love the weave and waft of the trails? (I do)

A yarn about how I grew up in the bush (I did) where the mountains (hills to you Kiwis) were my back yard (they were) and how cross country running in primary school instilled in me, perhaps, my current love of trail running (it did).

Hang on. Stop. Turn the damn TV off.

Go for a run. There’s a trail on my back doorstep, goddam it.

A quick ten kays. Singletrack loop ‘round the back of town, running too low in the Eucalypt to see that powerstation yonder. Down to the wetlands, up the river causeway (still looks the postcard even if it is poisoned), down onto a wild beach, climb up the headland, along the cliffs and a final surge uphill along some more singletrack scouting through wooded national parkland.

The world stank when I trotted off. I can’t remember why but I’m sure I solved all its problems out there, on the trail.

Still no milk in the fridge, but do I care? There’s water in the tap.

Trail runners. I reckon on the whole, they’re – you’re – a hearty bunch. You know the solace of a bush crackling with all manner of life other than another human being. You energise at the smells of composting leaves and rich dirt underfoot. Some of us even love the feel of it on our bare feet.

I believe the trendies call it ‘Mindfulness’. That sense of being in the moment, aware. Of the big things, the little things.

I love the fact that we run for a cause; it may be our own, perhaps, or others’ – vis a vie our NZ editor’s brilliant 7in7 runs (and the many others like it).

I love the fact that trail running can make a difference like that on a large scale – or simply to an individual. Every so often, that change to a solitary soul is on just a grand a scale.

Someone needs to organize a trail run for peace in the Middle East. Or to raise money for lymphoma research. Potentially, but not for a pint of milk in my fridge.

I love the fact that Mal, bless him, takes on his editorship having never met me – he doesn’t even know what I look like – yet he knows we’ll share something beyond a fourth beer in the planning.

We’ll share talk of trail. We’ll share love of trail. We’d love to share it with you.

Because trail can change the way you feel about the world. I reckon it can change your world.

The world? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Let’s start with you shall we?

Your editor, The Happy Trail Runner
trailrunmag@gmail.com

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We're a dirty little mag. A dirty, dirty, filthy mag...About running. Off road, on trail, off piste, on earth. Trail Run Magazine is Australasia's only magazine entirely devoted to the dirty art of trail running. Through forests, up mountains, across deserts...as long as it's wild and dirty and there's scant hint of boring bitumen, we'll cover it. You want to know who's running up what mountain, who's winning which extreme event, what's the best short trail run just outside your town, what supplement will see you through that 100 kay killer, how to set up a training plan for the 4 Deserts you reckon you'll conquer next year, and what's the best pair of runners to tackle the TNF100? You'll want to subscribe to Trail Run magazine then... Go on, get dirty.

Posted on June 29, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Nice one Happy! Can’t wait to see what you guys have for us in Issue #1…..let the trail tales begin!

  2. I haven’t met you either (or mal for that matter) but I feel part of the community already. I totally believe trail running can change the world – we just need to share the love of running and encourage more mates to get into it.

    • G’day Terry – community – that’s what we hope to create; all of us hunched around the metaphorical campfire (the zine) burning bright with trail tales, our dirty running shoes steaming as they feed off the warmth…

      Thanks for your support – we do hope that our readers are as much a part of the creation, rather than simply onlookers, and we welcome you and all your trail buddies aboard the good ship Trail Run Mag.

      If you’re super keen on what we’ve produced in Ed#1, fling an email through to trailrunmag@gmail.com (put Confirm Hardcopy in the subject line) and pre order an copy of the planned Collectors Edition, best of Eds 1&2 :).

      Cheers for your support Terry!

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