bike: 5.2 miles
torchlight 5k packet pick-up and back
Biked on the river road, over the ford bridge, up the hills in highland park to the packet pick-up for the july tradition: torchlight 5k. So hilly in St. Paul! Biking over the ford bridge is always beautiful–after the rain, the river was a calm, steel blue and the air was much cooler. Still not shifting into different gears when climbing. Speaking of climbing, thought about today’s stage of le tour de france and the brutal final climb while Scott and I biked. Those bikers are such bad asses.
run: 3 miles
trestle turn around
dew point: 59
Thunderstorms this morning, so I ran in the afternoon. Listened to my birthday playlist from last year and tried to stay relaxed. Ran all 3 miles without stopping, which was harder towards the end–my legs were sore, but I think it was more mental. Too easy to stop and walk. I didn’t today. Maybe it was because I got so mad at the two walkers that were hogging the entire path, cluelessly spreading out over the entire thing instead of sticking to one side? Felt pretty good. Ran each mile faster than the last. Kept running, but payed attention as I ran by the part of the tunnel of trees that I’m writing about. I’ve been thinking about it as a wide open, spacious room, but it’s more of just a break in the trees. A pause. I recorded some thoughts into my phone when I was done:
Only, just a brief pause. No room for rumination. Only breathing and being before the leaves lock? the leaves thatch? the leaves lattice? the vines envelop the forest again.
Found this great poem via twitter the other day:
Sixteen Theses on Walking and Poetry
by Mátyás Dunajcsik
translated by Timea Balogh1.
- Walking is the poetry of the urban space.
- Just as a poet uses the same language as everyone else, only for other things and in other ways, a walker walks the same city as other pedestrians, only with a different purpose and perspective.
- Walks, much like poems, are composed via selection and arrangement.
- Just as a poet sometimes uses strange, obsolete words, a walker often comes across seldom visited places.
- Just as poetry can sometimes cleanse trite words, calling them back to their original meanings, a walker can only really see a city if he keeps in mind the original purpose of the places and buildings in it, even if they serve new purposes now.
- Just as the poet has the power to give entirely new meanings to certain words, the walker sometimes also uses certain places for things other than they were originally designed for.
- The poet is always ambivalent about the grammatical rules of her native language. A good walk is always a little illegal.
- Important poems change the language in which they are written. A truly important walk leaves lasting marks on a city.
- Both walking and poetry are forms of catastrophe tourism: just as poetry begins where everyday conversation ends, likewise the walker looks for those places where the fabric of the city unravels.
- The empty spaces left behind by buildings demolished or never built are as sweet to the walker as the unsaid and the indescribable are to the poet.
- Poetry is a language’s living memory and conscience, just as walking is to a city.
- A reader most enjoys poems written in his native language. The most exciting walks are always the ones we take in our hometowns.
- But actually, all poems speak in their own mother tongues, just as every walk reveals a new city.
- The foundation of both walking and poetry is the breath. Its rhythm is determined either by words or by steps.
- Just as there are one-word poems, so can one step be considered a walk.
- Poets and walkers look up more often than other people.
Love all of this, especially the idea of poets using language differently, walkers walking differently; walking and poetry as forms of catastrophe tourism–looking for places where the city unravels; breath as the foundation for poetry and walking; poets and walkers looking up more than other people. Cool. I’m really interested in the connections between writing and movement, especially in terms of walking, running, swimming and biking.