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Sore Feet in Sydney

Sore Feet in Sydney

Day two in Sydney.

No run, but took a trip to Bondi Beach in the morning – we walked the beachside train from Bondi to Bronte and back. Then the boys took a dip in the amazing ocean pool.

In the afternoon, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. I definitely recommend doing this – we saw the sunset over Sydney as we were descending and it was spectacular.

It’s Monday in Australia. I have completely lost track of what day and time it is in California. Just in time for my vacation to be over.

Happy Sunday or Monday or whatever day you may be enjoying.

We are off to the Blue Mountains.

Jacqueline

 

 

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April 9, 2012
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April 1, 2012

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

~Kahlil Gibran, from “The Prophet”

Runner Micah True, also know as Caballo Blanco, was found dead in a remote area of the New Mexico wilderness. There are a lot of news pieces about this like this one in the Boulder Daily Camera, so I won’t repeat.

I am far from an ultrarunner, but True’s story – a central part of Christopher McDougall‘s book, Born to Run – is an inspiration that will live on without him forever. I read this book just as I was starting my journey into running in the summer of 2011. For me, part of what I have been hoping to find in running myself is that sense of pure joy that so many experienced runners report as the thing that holds them captive to the art. McDougall expresses this beautifully on behalf of True and all the runners in his book. I am sure that many will write dedications to Micah True this week – but the one that will endure will be the legend created in this book.

I will count myself as one of many left inspired.

Thank you Micah. You ran in places few would dare to tread. I am not cut of that cloth, but here is where I run:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings to All on this Sunday.

Jacqueline

 

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March 31, 2012

Playing With Canadians

Playing with Canadians

Ok, I was working with them too.

I have sort of been off the map for a couple of days in beautiful Lake Louise Alberta speaking at and attending the International School for Obesity Research and Management (ISORAM). This amazing course brings together a group of researchers and clinicians – mostly from Canada and Germany – to educate each other on very complex topics related to the disease of obesity. I felt truly honored that course director Dr Arya Sharma asked me to be part of the faculty.

So you might ask, in addition to talking to a remarkable and very smart group of international experts, what about the running?

We have been very active here this week – a foot and a half of snow fell in the first 24 hours – but that has meant once again that things like skiing have take the place of a run. And I am not complaining. Since I started running 9 months ago, I have had a lot of people tell me that I simply have to intersperse it with other things.

One thing I can tell you for sure, my body tolerates sports like skiing much better after all the conditioning I have put it through in the past year. It’s really a lot more enjoyable to ski or hike in the snow when my body enjoys it as much as my spirit does. It’s not that my thighs don’t hurt today – because they do! – but it’s really just that it takes a certain amount of physical fitness to even get to the place where my thighs hurt, and I sort of have a new appreciation of that.

Anyway, it’s 6 AM here in Canada and I am sitting by the shuttle door at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and my ride will be here in just a moment to take me back to Calgary to catch a plane.

So I thought I might leave you with a couple of images of the non-academic activities of the past few days.

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Have a wonderful Saturday, wherever you are.

Jacqueline

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March 17, 2012

Cobblestones, Canals and Mountains

 Cobblestones, Canals and Mountains

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

~ Sir Isaac Newton, The Third Law of Motion

I have had quite a week, but it has not involved running or blogging and I am waking this morning trying to figure out how to write about that. What it feels like is this:

I had months of things really going very well. I had no real pain, other than my asthma my body was really improving with running, I was running farther and faster and…I was even starting to enjoy the ride.

But I have written here more than once about the general chaos of my life with kids and career and travel and I guess it was going to happen eventually. I think maybe the universe like balance. Things can only go well for so long and then maybe you just have to have a spectacular failure to remind you that that’s not how things always go. Now don’t think that I am wallowing in self pity and pain over here – this failure did involve Venice, Salzburg and an excursion in the Austrian Alps (for work naturally…).

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