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Tuesday April 5th, 2011 in Audio books, Sport | No Comments »

I’m listening to The Road by Catherine Jinks read by Kate Oliver, described as a “chilling thriller”. I borrowed it because I love Catherine Jinks.

I am highly affected by scary things (I find Midsomer Murders gritty and disturbing). The Road is becoming quite tense and that is causing problems. Yesterday before work I became over-engaged in the story and just sat on the edge of the bed for 15 minutes listening instead of putting on socks.

I should have known this would happen after the whole Murder on the Orient Express debacle. Unfortunately I am not a very good learner by experiencer.

Yesterday I also went to a session to learn about sports nutrition. It was all about a frightening one kilogram tub of protein. The fact that I found the product’s catch phrase, “train harder, more often” vastly unappealing and would have preferred “train less hard, less often” suggests I’m not really in the target market.

However, I did learn something useful about nutrition yesterday after all. Don’t eat a chicken and mayonnaise roll at 5.15 and then go for an energetic run at 6.30. Lesson learned. Although, I did previously learn a very similar lesson involving yogurt and a big piece of oat slice.

Running

Sunday February 13th, 2011 in Audio books, Cooking, Sport | No Comments »

Today I went on my weekend long run. I usually try to run for between 60 and 90 minutes. I meet up with a group when I can, but often I end up going by myself.

I run pretty slowly so it’s physically fairly easy, but I find it psychologically challenging. At the start it seems impossibly long and far.

I would almost certainly enjoy listening to a story tape while running, but I’ve always resisted this. It feels like cheating because facing the boredom and loneliness is part of the challenge for me.

It’s also true that I do some valuable thinking when I’m running. I’ll start the run feeling confused and stressed about something, but by the time I’m really tired at the end, I’ve generally distilled the issue down to it’s fundamental core.

For example, at the start of the run I might wonder, “Are face cloths really a good idea? Or are you just wiping germs onto your face?” But by the end of the run I’ll have got to the heart of the matter, “I really need to do a load of towels this afternoon.”

So maybe I use the running time to work out the issues in my life. And I couldn’t do that while listening to a story tape.

On the other hand, I always listen to a story tape when I’m cooking on my own. I would never make muffins in silence. Perhaps this is weakness though, and I could use that lonely sifting time to resolve my feelings towards my father. Dunno.

Sporting Glory and Rabbit Proof Fence

Sunday January 23rd, 2011 in Audio books, Memoir, Sport, Travel | No Comments »

We headed to Inverloch this weekend for some sport. I participated in a very windy ten kilometre beach run and my partner did an ocean swim. We are a sports mad fitness couple like Grant Kenny and Lisa Curry ex Curry-Kenny nee Curry, except not divorced yet.

(In case you’re wondering just how glorious our sporting achievements were, let’s just say that we both saw a bit of the podium. From the crowd during the presentations. Not to worry. We are friends with the girl who came third – reflected glory!)

Needing a cassette based story tape for the car (one that wouldn’t shit my partner to tears) I borrowed Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington and Nugi Garimara, read by Rachael Maza.

This was top story tape selection. Not only is the story itself gripping but I felt like I was learning something. And something important too. Listening to the tape I realised that I haven’t engaged with many stories about the stolen generations in Australia, and I should.