One of the main aspects of Hashing that makes this more fun than traditional trail running is that you never really know what you are going to get. The trail could be flat and boring, it could be scenic and in the shade, or it could be a nightmarish series of hill climbs that never seem to go down. We got the last thing this past week.
Like a lot of Chiang Mai, Mae Jo has the opportunity to be a very hilly trek. Mostly, the Hares (the people who design the trails) take it a bit easy on us because the average age of the HHH here in Chiang Mai is something around 113, but not this week. This time the Hares were out for blood and we paid the price for their devious actions.
Naysayers will try to get involved with their knowledge of geography and general physics and say that it is impossible that a run that starts and ends at the same place can be uphill all the time but that is certainly how this past week's run felt. There were very few people running because I don't know if you have tried running uphill for long periods of time, but it is TOUGH.
Another complaint that we had was that this run rarely took us off the jungle farmer streets and therefore the circle checks were a little bit less than interesting.... or at least that is the grief that we give the Hares when we finally get back to the circle to put them on the ice.
Punishment was doled out in great numbers for their treachery and I can assure you, they will learn nothing from this abuse. It is also all meant in good fun because hills are expected when you live in a mountainous area. We just look for reasons to abuse one another when we get together for the berating at the end of it all.
Being a Hare isn't an easy task after all. It involves at least one and sometimes several days of planning on the part of the people who make the trails and since they are meant to be different every time we revisit certain areas, it can take a lot of planning on their part in order to make it interesting.
There is no doubt that Pussy Whisperer was definitely trying to get under our skin and I think I speak for all of us when I say that he definitely accomplished this mission.
"PW" is a bit of a legend in our circle, so he was and will always be immediately forgiven for trying to hurt us. This is just part and parcel of being part of this organization. Despite his advanced age he sets trails a lot more than most of us and we have nothing but admiration for the guy.
If you would like to join us you are more than welcome to do so. We are currently doing 3 runs per week and full details are available at our official website