You snore? You’ll be pushed, kicked and punched and eventually exiled on the sofa. Strict no snoring policy enforced. No exceptions.
I will still love you. But you will sleep in the other bedroom, the one on the different floor…you’ll better have a big house.
S is seeping with things I don’t tolerate: slavery, social injustice, starving children, sex trafficking
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
I can’t be honest about this one. I had become quite distracted by the fact that there is a dead child in this book. It would not normally happen but when we picked this book, I couldn’t know that someone close to me will lose their child. It wasn’t possible for me to continue reading this book and not see the parallels with the real world and that is despite the fact the circumstances were completely different. A family lost a child. That is a profound and changing experience and I was heavily affected by it, albeit indirectly.
I finished The Shock after I got over the shock of this tragedy but I found it quite hard to get into Matthew’s head after the break. It was hard to swim in the whirlpool of thoughts and very confusing to figure out what is going on. That is not a bad thing in this case. The writing is brilliant and the scattered mind of the main character is speaking in many voices to us. We know we can’t trust the narrator but we believe him.
I think this book deserves my full attention so I will read it again.
Originally I planned this post to be against refurbished establishments that keep the same smell as the old ones but then I went for a run and ended up with a runny nose and the closest thing resembling a tissue I had on me was my sleeve. Yes, I confess to wiping snots into my garments. I am so very mature.
I am also very much against racism.
I have truly tried to pick a different topic as I have already covered queues twice. I guess I really have issues with them.
I have also zero tolerance to questionable science and research. As if there wasn’t enough lies and deceiving already.
Oranges are not the only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
This is a cute little book. Truthfully, I don’t really get the hype around it. I think I’m from the wrong generation. It is interesting that some things from the past resonate with you more than others. I understand that homosexuality especially put in contrast with religion back in the 60s was a completely different matter than it is now (or is it?) but I think we are so exposed to conflicts on a much larger scale that we have become numb and I think I might be desensitised to the individual struggles of Jeanette in this story.
The Fear Index by Robert Harris
Hmmm, mixed feelings on this one again. I liked the idea of artificial intelligence running a hedge fund and in the process evolving into a control freak without anyone realising what is happening – the ‘shot down plane’ and the ‘lift doors’ worked well in the book. But I thought the personal attacks on the A.I.’s creator a.k.a cannibal subplot was just weird.
I wish the story was explored in a wider environment and reduced around Dr Hoffman who I found to be very unlikable character. The potential was there but it stayed mostly untouched. I liked the conclusion though.
Well, this was fun. I really enjoyed writing these running posts and I hope you have enjoyed reading them. Most of them were scheduled in advance and I apologise for my lack of interaction during the challenge mostly due to the fact that big chunk of my free time was dedicated to the training for the London marathon. In next couple of weeks I will try to read and enjoy as many blogs as I will be able to digest as I know how hard all the participants have been working on them.
I appreciate every visit, like, follow or a comment received during this month and I hope to see you around.
Thank you. This was a pleasure.
I admit that I could not think of anything else relevant to running starting with Y. (Except maybe a why?) But as I have very recently started attending yoga classes it kind of fits. I used to do yoga few years back and they were always a nice relaxing sessions with lots of meditation and breathing. I remember leaving the studio floating above the ground, high on oxygen. But I moved so that was the end of it. The classes I attend now are completely different. They are hard. Very technical and sometime I even forget how to breathe. But I keep going back anyway. I can’t explain it. I want to achieve that light feeling after leaving the class again. I should probably find a yoga session more suitable but I like the challenge to perfect the poses.
There are endless lists of reasons why is yoga good for runners, mostly to do with posture and strength. I agree. But I think it also benefits my mind, it is calming in a different way that running is. I like that.
As with everything in our lives, no matter how well we have things planned out, there are sometimes surprises that may cause this well thought plan to be derailed. The same goes for running. No matter how detailed your training schedule is and how dedicated you are to follow it, there will be circumstances and occasions where you will have to adapt and change it. It is ok. It also doesn’t mean it will be a negative influence or an unhappy event. Though most probably it will be perceived that way if you don’t allow yourself a bit of flexibility. Training for a marathon is not an easy task. I don’t think I have actually mentioned that yet! It takes lot of dedication, time, restrain and hard work. It is totally worth it but it is important to know why you are doing it. Because your heart and head need to be in it. Not just your legs and lungs.
Well done to all London marathon runners! I have to admit that it was harder that I would like and the few missed weeks of training did matter but I was also prepared for it so I was not stressing out when I had to take a walking break.
Overall I really enjoyed the race, the weather was runner-friendly, spectators were amazing and my head stayed in the right place throughout. My time was 4:53:45 so definitely nothing record breaking and a far cry from my marathon PB but very happy that I managed to finish without pain and blisters. I am already looking forward to the next race! Though I will give myself a week of complete rest before I take the body for a gentle jog again.
I’m not a fan of the finisher t-shirt or the medal though….and I was given a gender based deodorant in the goodie-bag again 😦