The past three weeks have been both good and bad. We have had friends visiting from Switzerland and Italy these past 2 weeks, and they have passed in a whirl of dinners, trips, outings and shopping. This has been the great part. The challenging part has been trying to keep up with my programme. I have not managed it at all.
What has been even more difficult was catching up on the news....illness, divorce, children.....all the small, meaningful dimensions of our friends lives that we are no longer actively part of anymore. Even though there is a fleeting sadness, what remains behind is a sense of disconnection. And so it continues, the exquisite agony of lives being lived in parallel, but never quite meeting. However, the ray of hope on the horizon must surely lie in the scientific proof that even parallel lines do meet at some point, at infinity - or does infinity begin where parallel lines meet? Anyway, enough of that.
I had a great time with my friends from Italy. It was wonderful to show them Boston, and the culinary delights of Cambridge! They were amazed, and fell in love with Boston. In fact, they have promised to be back soon.
My running programme is totally topsy-turvy now, and I have been wondering if I could even think about doing the marathon in November. Well, Sunday I did an 18 mile run, and whilst it was not pretty, I finished it, and I know I could do more. That pretty much decided it: I have set myself a goal, and come hell or high water, I will see it through. I know if I went for the half I would do rather well. In fact I am fairly convinced I could do a 2:10. But I said I would do 26.2 miles and I am not going to back out now!
Just a quick reminder that this coming Sunday, 7 November is World Run Day, and here is the honour roll of participants in this run:
* Fran - undefined distance
* Johann - recovery run after 32K
* Stefano: 10K
* Mary - undefined distance after marathon in Greece
* Wendy - 8K
* Christina - half marathon
* Erika - undefined distance
* Natalia - 20 miles
Thank you again everyone for being so game in participating in this event - and don't forget to make a donation to a charity of your choice. I will be catching up on reading all your blogs too.