We beginners at running all grasp onto the hope that maybe on this run, on this day, it will happen and we’ll have pushed through long enough to get to the point where running stops hurting and becomes almost like a meditation.
So on Saturday morning I set off from Breaston on the NoMad50 Ultra and to my mild astonishment, I bloody loved it.
In this short film Maroon Belles members Michelle Smith and Yitka Winn, show us that when a community of women come together, they become inspired to tap into that voice that tells them to go for it and accomplish something that they wouldn’t on their own.
The Tararua forest park has the most elusive track in my family history – the Southern crossing over Mt Hector. My father and uncle attempted this in their 20s only to turn back, and the curse appears to be continuing.
Scott Snair is an urban farmer from Portland who works for Grove making bamboo iPhone cases. He also commutes by running up to 12 miles a day, every day. A part of the upcoming film, What Moves You, which explores the reasons people run.
Over the last five years, I crossed the chasm from being a casual runner who ran 5 kilometers one time a week to a serious runner who routinely runs 70 miles a week while holding down a full-time job.
Soon enough the corners of my mouth start to curl up, often one at a time. The smile relaxes me even more, the tension is all gone now. It’s hard not to be happy when you are so thankful for the people around you, for the world that you live in, and for my body that can do amazing things, and carry me amazing places.
Yeah that’s right, I’m a fun runner. I love shorter runs where I can explore, get away from the ‘grind’ and get a good work out without breaking my body. I even like to walk for a while if I get to tired. My new ‘gping large’ is a half, and i’m OK with that, but it has not always been the case.
The question of ‘why’ comes to the surface every time that I meet people keen to join the GPR project. Well for me it’s pretty simple, I love the notion of working for my experiences and ‘moments’ that matter in my life. Running is a vessel for me to explore what I cherish and seek in this life of routine and material trappings. Good People Run is the catalyst for me to explore and connect with my photography.
For me, I get f the post-event-glow for a few days, I reflect on success, critique what could have gone better, then justify the experience as learning and feel really good about it.. But if I’ve got nothing in the event calendar I’m left wondering what to do with my life.
Over the Summer I had the pleasure of following two guys, Chris and Sindre who set their own goals to run the full length of the 75KM Hillary Trail in a day for the love of running and to push their limits. With no real prior long distance experience, they had their eyes on the unsupported trail record at the time, which was 9.09hrs
When I heard about Good People Run I was instantly attracted to the notion of reciprocity. I was excited that GPR would “Give Back” to the community, specifically by donating a proportion of money earned through it’s creative endeavours to charity. I was also attracted to the notion that GPR is a grassroots collective, started by enthusiastic people who have (in some cases) disparate backgrounds.
Is this really the case as runners? Are we ever happy with our physical achievements? Looking at most of our performances objectively, there is in all honesty not much more we can do on the day.
Our goal was to have fun, hand out spot prizes, stoke people with our artwork, inspire people, and share portraits of people taking part in the Dual event. This sporting event is staged on one of the most scenic landscapes in New Zealand – the Hauraki Gulf islands of Motutapu and Rangitoto. The Partners Life DUAL offers trail run and walk, off-road triathlon and mountain bike options by sports event management company Total Sport.
On the weekend Ethan, Carolyn, and I (Paul) headed over to the Motutapu & Rangitoto Islands for the Dual. Just off the Auckland City Coast we camped out and shared our project with athletes, supporters and anyone else that was interested in our story.