Saturday, March 21, 2009
DFMC and The Great Gatsby
What began as a "tickle" in the back of my throat on Thursday turned into a hacking cough and sore throat late Friday night. I chose to sleep in this morning and pass on the 7:00 wake up call to get to Waltham by 8:00 for the DFMC group run. Jack has us running a relatively short "long" run (12-15) as our top priority is to feel strong and healthy for the BIG 21 mile run out on the course next week. At some point today I'll get outside and shuffle along for 12 miles or so.
In the meantime, I'm sitting here with a nice cup of Hazlenut coffee after reading through DFMC teammate, Meredith's, college senior thesis - In Pursuit of Fulfillment: Gardens and F. Scott Fitzgerld's The Great Gatsby. I had the pleasure of meeting Meredith on Thursday night as she shared some of her wonderful experiences, both in and out of the classroom, at Bates College (she is a recent graduate). We started talking about some of her English classes, and I was intruiged when she starting describing her senior thesis. She was a bit suprised when I emailed her the next day asking if she wouldn't mind sharing her thesis with me, but I really do care and enjoy these types of papers. Her thesis was a real literary treat for me this morning. Gotta reread the Great Gatsby this summer!
My oldest daughter, Kallie, is in the midst of the college search and Bates seems to be at the top of her list; at least for this month! One of the many great things about running for DFMC is the range of people you meet over the course of your training. And there are many smart, interesting and fun "young ones", like Meredith, each year. Not only has it been super helpful to hear their perseptive on college (i.e. Betsy and Katie from Bowdoin, Meredith and Sarah from Bates), but these gals are super fun and a challenge to keep up with out on the roads! And one day I hope they will show Kallie the ropes when she signs up for her first DFMC Boston Marathon Run!
So Sarah, what was YOUR thesis at Bates????