Friday, February 29, 2008
Saturday: Snow during the morning will give way to lingering snow showers during the afternoon. High 36F. SE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches.
DO THE WEATHER GODS AND GODDESS NOT RECOGNIZE IT IS NOW MARCH!!
Enough of the lion, let the lamb make its way into our lives SOON!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Half Marathon: 1:37
Full Marathon: 3: 23
And for women in the Masters Divison:
Half Marathon: 1:44
Full Marathon: 3:38
My 2007 NYC marathon time was 3:12, so I have until May 1 to decide if this will be my fall marathon. I've participated in 5 NYC marathons and at one level I would like to spread out and try something new, but NYC is a very special race and it's hard to pass up the great time I typically have during the NYC marathon weekend. It's also fairly easy and affordable coming from Boston.
Now, if money and parental responsibilities weren't an issue, I would LOVE to run a marathon in Italy!! The Florence Marathon is Nov. 30 but I don't think leaving on a flight to Italy on Thanksgiving would go over well with my family! Of course we ALL could celebrate family togetherness over pasta if we travelled together, but that ain't gonna happen. (And after seeing my American Exrpess bill from Paris I have to limit the European travel conversations with my husband).
The other Italian marathon that intrigues me is the Assisi Marathon, the home of one of my favorite saints! The date of that race is Dec. 31 (what a way to celebrate the beginning of a new year!) and the event was promoted as a "Millennium for Peace" project in 2001. "The project, which brings together groups such as the International Centre for Peace between Peoples, is campaigning the United Nations to declare the new millennium as the Millennium for Peace and wipe out war and hunger for ever. Quite a tall order considering present times. . . "
Perhaps I could mask my selfish desire to travel to Tuscany by presenting myself as some sort of running peace ambassador from the Bay State. Yes honey, it is my moral and spiritual duty to run in Assisi considering the goal is to wipe our war and hunger! The other problem is I'm not exactly sure that the Assisi Marathon takes place ever year...it might have been a one shot deal at the end of the millennium in which case I've missed the boat on this experience. Oh well...at least I've got a copies of Frances Mayes Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany on my shelves.
Monday, February 25, 2008
The small number of runners yesterday allowed me to get to meet some of our newer and younger DFMC teamates, including Abby, who refers to herself as a "neurotic reader". My kind of woman!! So we chatted about some of our favorite books while munching on buffalo wings after the run. We're both Jane Eyre fans and she recommended The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (the first novel in his Thursday Next detective series). The premise is very unusual and involves "literary time travel" . I love the idea of travelling though a "Prose Portal" to Bronte's world of Thornfield. Masterpiece Theater meets James Bond!!
(Oh yes - and for another twist to the Jane Eyre story, check out Wide Sargasso Sea which tells the story from Bertha's point of view. Bertha (Antoinette) is the crazy wife in the attic, but in Wide Sargasso Sea you learn a bit more about that Victorian oppressive patriarchial society that might drive any woman nuts!)
Considering Abby is a "neurotic reader" I thought she might be a good candidate to recommend the Norwegian classic, Kristin Lavransdatter, by the great Sigrid Undset (translated by Tiina Nunnally). I often find that there aren't many people interested in reading about Medieval Norway, but I'm guessing that Abby may be one of my best bets. I LOVE this trilogy!! Penguin has a Classic Deluxe Edition containing all 3 of the novels in the Kristin Lasvransdatter trilogy, but the size of that particular volume can be overwhelming as it is over 1,000 pages. I recommend experiencing Kristin through 3 individual texts beginning with her early life and romance with the dashing, yet irresponsible, Erlend in The Wreath (only 336 pages). The cover of the Wreath is horrible and reminds me of some trashy Harlequin romance, but inside is powerful and rich writing.
A trip to Lillehammer to visit Sigrid Undset's home (I've already been there once) and run in the Birkebeiner Lopet (21 K race) is another one of my literary running/reading tour dreams. If only I could get Thom at Marathon Tours to buy into this Babes Bookin' It International vision of mine....
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
- 2:30 PM - Drive to Logan Airport with Susie (one of my favorite people) and her daughter, Dana (one of Kallie's best buds)
- 5:45 PM - Flight from Boston to Paris
Monday, February 18
- 6:20 AM - Arrive in Paris
- Check In - Hotel du Louvre
- NAP (no more than 3 hours)
- Sunset jog along the Seine
- Dinner at Altitude 95 in the Eiffel Tower
Tuesday, February 19
- Morning run along the Seine
- Historic Tour of Paris
Wednesday, February 20 (Kallie's 16th Birthday!)
- Morning run along the Seine
- Lunch with Baroness Goudie at La Mediterranee
- 8:00 Performance of Le Roi Lion ("Lion King")
- Champagne at the Ritz
Thursday, February 21
- Morning run along the Seine
- Trip to Versailles
Friday, February 22
- Short run along the Seine
- 1:15 Flight from Paris to Boston
- BACK TO REALITY
Saturday, February 22
- 20 mile run in Waltham
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
What I discovered is Jogging Bloggers seem to be active, nature-loving people. God seems to play a major role in their lives too. And I was VERY pleased to see a majority of runners list "reading" or "books" as one of their interests.
"Regular reading not only boosts the likelihood of an individual's academic and economic success- facts that are not especially suprising - but is also seems to awaken a person's social and civic sense. Reading correlates with almost every measurement of positive personal and social behavior surveyed. It is reassuring, though hardly amazing, that readers attend more concerts and theater than non-readers, but it is suprising that they exercise more and play more sports - no matter what their educational level. The cold statistics confirm something that most readers know but have mostly been reluctant to declare as fact - books change lives for the better."
(I often wonder does running make us smart(see Does Exercise make us smarter and sharper article)? Or do smart people choose to run?)
(cue Star Stangled Banner song here!)
Monday, February 11, 2008
While I can provide the basic tools ( 5k training schedule, series of stretching exercises, training logs, etc.) that have worked for me in my 6 years of developing and coaching Fit Girls here in Medfield, I think it is important to allow room for adjusting and adapting in order for each coach to add their personal touch and flair and create a program that works best for them and the girls they serve. Because of Judith’s background in personal training, she added strength training to her program as she had the girls doing sit-ups and lunges. Yoga gurus might include Sun Salutations and the more literature loving coaches may arrange a group run to the local library. And adding elements that are personally meaningful will increase the fun factor for both the coach and their team of girls.
So Lindsey and Whitney, Welcome to the Fit Girls Family! I look forward to logging miles, recommending great book titles and sharing thoughts on health and fitness with you and your team of girls.
On the right is a picture of one of my favorite Fit Girls - my youngest daughter, Hannah!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Anyways, the 9 on the 9th Sweetheart Shuffle event is for runners with blogs, and the idea is for individuals to run a designated distance (this month it is 9 miles on the 9th of February) and then post "race results". Well, that's one way to add some spice to a regular weekend training run.
So here is my official Sweetheart Shuffle race report:
Friday, February 8, 2008
This is why I highly recommend including regular pedicure appointments in your training. Yesterday I took the time to treat my feet to a Spa Pedicure at Natural Nails (and learned quite a bit about the Vietnam New Year traditions and the Year of the Rat)
The great thing about the spa pedicure is that is includes lots of foot massage which improves circulation, promotes tissue regeneration, relaxes overused muscles and feels really, really good!
Spa pedicure has both physical and mental benefits…what a joy and pleasure it is to sit down for almost 40 minutes in a world where I am usually running around in 50 different directions. Today all those layers of gross dead skin have been rubbed off, I’m relaxed and at peace, and I have shiny red toe nails…a little treat before the abuse of running 18 miles tomorrow.
Pablo Neruda (my favorite sensual South American poet) expresses his appreciation of feet (or rather the feet of his lover) in the following poem:
"When I cannot look at your face
I look at your feet.
Your feet of arched bone, your hard little feet.
I know that they support you,
and that your sweet weight rises upon them…
But I love your feet
only because they walked upon the earth
and upon the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me. "
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
This goes along with my 2008 DFMC fundraising theme, "How Can We Lose When We're So Sincere."
Way to Go, Charlie Brown!!!! You are my inspiration...
Monday, February 4, 2008
So over the next couple days I need to choose some Paris-related literature in anticipation of the trip. I already have Heminghway's A Moveable Feast and Adam Gopnik Paris to the Moon. For Kallie I picked up the fluffy, yet entertaining, Weekend in Paris by Robin Sisman. I was considering purchasing a novel about the Medieval tragic romance between Heloise and Abelard, however the castration aspect of that story is a bit gorey - quite the price to pay for a bit of passion!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
The past two days of skiing, eating, knitting, wine and lots of laughs seriously cut into my training. Hannah and I returned home around noon and what I'd really love to do right now is curl up for a long nap. However, I'm going to resist that temptation and instead head out the door for an easy 5 miles to stretch out from skiing. This should also burn off at least a few of the unhealthy calories to be consumed tonight at the Super Bowl celebration (followed by Miss Austen Regrets). The party goes on with Tom and Jane...
Friday, February 1, 2008
Jane Austen Today, and Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.