Friday, October 8, 2010
The past 2 weeks
I will not bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that these past 2 weeks have been......hectic. During all this sturm und drang, I read a lot, watched quite a few movies, and chopped off my hair. The result can be seen above, after my interval run tonight.
I am just about half way through with a very interesting book of short stories which I got in South Africa a few months ago. Duiwelsbrood is a stunning collection of "short and long" stories. I am struggling with the language, as it is written in Afrikaans, and since I have very little opportunity to speak this, let alone read it, I am having to read very, very slowly! Still, it does force you to savour the words, which is exactly what this writer manages to get the reader to do. I will write more about this book when I have finished reading it.
Five fabulous films to see are: Europa Europa (Germany 1994) which sees a Jewish boy joining the Hitler Youth League; Mother of Mine (Finland 2005) which sees a Finish boy removed from his family and sent to neutral Sweden during the war; Caramel (Lebanon 2007) tells the stories of 4 women who work in a beauty salon, Dennis (Denmark 2008) is a short, which sees a body builder out on a date, and finally Open Your Eyes (Spain 1997) dichotomizes love and good looks.
I cycled twice, and was quite surprised that I managed to get up to 17 miles per hour, considering that I have not cycled since last summer. I am definitely going to practice more! Finally, I girded my loins and went for a run yesterday. I did 8 miles, and it was not too shabby. Actually I had a decent time (for me) of 10:32. Today I did some intervals, and I have 16 miles on Sunday.
This past week and a half has been very difficult. Sometimes it is hard to see a reason to do things, and my tendency is to be quite nihilistic. I am trying to change this (well for a long time now!) but as with all tendencies, this is quite deeply rooted. Running helps a lot because it has the power to generate a sense of purpose. Anyway, this seems to be the challenge I am facing during my marathon training. Well, a day off tomorrow and I will catch up on all your blogs....so long!