Western Time: great depiction of what trailrunning races are about

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.

About roger henke

Still figuring out the story line that would satisfy myself here. Listening to what my family and friends evoke, what the words I absorb, the images that move me, the movements that still me, point to.
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