I have recently written a lot about the inner-directed experiential emphasis of most trailrunning narratives and my questions about that. Although I tried to be explicit about questions not being the same as criticism, focus is always going to suggest what is more/most important, matters more/most, or even should matter most. That is just how language works.
So I happily use the opportunity offered by this thoughtful and emotionally gripping film about Sally Mcrae‘s 2014 Western States experience to further counter-balance any thoughts about the importance of connecting with the landscape. The film is a great celebration of the inner-directedness of an inspiring woman (note: Meghan Hicks enthusiastic review of the film is a very worthwhile accompaniment). The film convincingly and sympathetically conveys the inner-directed focus of Sally – and all those who share that within the trailrunning community, which is many – and the rewards it brings her. Although I am way less competitive, and haven’t got the drive, mental tenacity and/or need to explore my inner landscape the way this woman does, I still recognize a lot and am inspired by it. Many kudos to Billy Yang for making this film.