I’ve been trying to run in windier conditions but today’s 25 mph wind was too much. Decided to run at the Y track with Scott before lunch. Experimented with tempo, running fast and slow. I can tell my legs are getting stronger; the run felt good.
Early on in the run, a group of preschoolers were on the track. Tethered together with a rope, they walked the perimeter of the track. They were led by two caregivers and (mostly) stayed out of the way as I ran by. Sometimes when I run around the track in the evening, I encounter little kids who want to race me. A small part of me wishes I appreciated this and that I could enjoy running beside them, but I don’t. I find it irritating and try to avoid it. Most of me is okay with my grumpy attitude.
After the run, went to library and picked up four more books that I requested for this run! project:
- Lore of Running
- RUNNING–the sacred art
- I want to show you more/stories by Jamie Quatro
- Running with the mind of meditation
So far, I’ve read a wide range of things about running.
what I’ve been reading, a list
- personal narratives about why runners run
- race reports
- training tips
- academic essays on running and philosophy/feminism/rhetoric
- dissertations on running and identity/feminism/narrative
- interviews about running habits
- memoirs about learning to love running
- popular books about running as sacred
- anthologies of running stories
- tweets and news reports about elite athletes
- fictional accounts of runners
- stories about pacing and/or coaching other runners
- accounts of suffering injuries; accounts of recovering from injuries
- essays about running and grieving.
These readings have come in many forms.
- books, almost all of which were checked out from my public library
- blog posts on online journals, running sites, individual runners’ sites
- newspaper and magazine articles
- online short stories in literary journals
- academic articles
- dissertation chapters
I’m trying to develop a reading/researching plan for myself, in the form of a syllabus. It includes weekly reading lists, assignments and running challenges. Not sure how well it’s working because I keep changing it up. I’m all over the place with my reading, but that’s what makes it fun and undisciplined.