In her nature: meet Anna Frost
June 14, 2018
Words & Photos: Icebreaker
Anna Frost is an international and professional mountain, trail and ultra runner from New Zealand. She’s a proud ambassador of Sisu girls, an empowerment project to get girls outside reaching their potential and she's co-founder of Trail Run Adventures, a blog platform about her passion for travel, adventure, personal growth and cultural immersion. Her vision is to support others in reaching their own summits (whatever they may be), while having a positive impact on local communities and living life to the full.
Coming back to New Zealand is coming back to my roots, coming back to the basics, coming back to the simplicity that I love and thrive off. It's memories: of family and friends, the touch of my feet on the trails I know so well, the smell of the native trees, and of where I'm from. I feel a huge connection when I go back. It feels good.How do you feel when you're in nature?
I grew up in nature, so for me nature is real. It's what we as humans get our energy from. Nature is the purest part, the simplest part. Without it, it would just be a synthetic world. Nature is a person's character. Nature is a place where I can grow, think big and dream wide. It gives me a sense of freedom, of light, of space from the 'hype'. And it gives me a real sense of achievement, when I'm up a mountain and it's so much bigger than me. In fact, I'm a tiny dot on the planet. But I have an impact.
“Nature is a place where I can grow, think big and dream wide. It gives me a sense of freedom, of light, of space from the 'hype'.”
As a kid, I wanted to do every single sport so I could just get out of the classroom and play. The schools I went to had amazing opportunities to try everything. When I found running, it was through falling in love with the whole package: the mountains, the culture, the travel, the running. It's never been about the racing or winning. It's always been about exploring, seeing what's around the next corner, wondering where that trail will end up, meeting new people. I run to explore, to travel, to see new places.As a runner, how does that influence your identity? How do you see yourself?
I see myself as a person - and I happen to run. I learned that the hard way. I went through a big phase of depression because I was injured and I couldn't run. Who was I if I couldn't run? I kept fighting through injuries and fatigue. I was running because I was creating myself out of it. I had stopped running for the love of it. When I finally learned that I was enough as I was, running just became a thing I did. Enjoying it for what it was created a better character and a better person.
“It's never been about winning. I run to explore, to travel, to see new places.”
“It gives me a real sense of achievement, when I'm up a mountain and it's so much bigger than me. In fact, I'm a tiny dot on the planet. But I can have an impact.”
With my future I’ve always had a lot of dreamy space. I’ve never had a bucket list, or a five-year plan and that seems to have worked for me, to live life in the present and fully. It's just accepting that something might change tomorrow or even in the next five minutes. Feeling happy with what I have right now is important.
I’m still dreaming of being a runner, being a mother one day, learning to cook, but I understand that if they don’t come or they do come, that’s ok. Running will always remain a big part of my life and so will travel.How are you different to other people?
I think I’m definitely wired differently than other people, but I think everyone is wired in a different way. I know I’m not living a simple life where I have a normal job, but I know that I’m living a life that’s balanced(ish) and one that still provides me with everything. There are the hard times, the tiring times, but also the super highs – traveling to new places, meeting new people, things that just blow me away. I feel like everyone can tap into that bit of ‘difference’, they just need to grab it and be empowered by it. It’s just taking the leap to do it – because it’s scary to do it.
And maybe it won’t be perfect, but you’ll learn from it.
“I’ve never had a bucket list, or a five-year plan and that seems to have worked for me, to live life in the present and fully.”
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