Several months ago, I ordered a shirt with my middle daughter's favorite Pre quote. The only one that I found that looked as though it was of decent quality shipped from the UK, so I ponied up the money via Paypal. Not long after, the shirt arrived, along with a hand-written note of thanks.
Hand-written. I was surprised and pleased. The card was crafted from one of the Like the Wind magazine covers - another surprise as I didn't realize that they were publishing a magazine, too. Junkie that I am, I ordered a slew of their back copies, which sat on my table begging me to clear time to read them.
Yesterday, my first day off in three weeks, I read Volume 3.
First, it's not a slick, glossy magazine along the lines of Running Times or Runner's World. Using sustainable materials, Like the Wind delivers a beautiful journal with original artwork and stunning photography. The pages have weight to them and each edition a sense of heft.
Where Like the Wind also diverges is that the articles inside are not written in the usual bombastic "5 Tips to Improve Your 5K" format so familiar to us. Instead, each is a thoughtful drop into the running experience, some from the perspectives of incredible runners like Jillian Kornet or Lizzy Hawker, but there are articles by more mortal types, charity runners explaining why they run in 'fancy dress' (British for costumes) or the pleasant surprise one runner encounters in a 15K she had planned as a time trial before discovering that it was an old-fashioned trail run with a couple of hundred runners and no marching bands to generate the excitement.
The range of voices are diverse, some of the articles written by professional scribes, while others rely on the emotion running, and their individual reasons for running, evoke on the page.
The magazine first published in 2014 and clearly stands as a work of devotion, not just to the running community as a whole, but to the idea that there is more to running than a PB. By approaching the sport as a way of life rather than simply a competition, they give credit to the vast majority of runners that seek a voice that talks to them.
If you would like to contribute to Like the Wind, here's the page to their information. If you want to subscribe, here that link. If you live nearby and would like to borrow a copy to read, let me know. I do want it back, however. These are keepers, to be kept on the shelf next to my favorite running books.