2018 week ten

Book Read:
10. Mad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives of Violent Men — Daemon Fairless

Kilometres Ran:
week ten — 25.6

To date: 350 KM

And so concludes the accidental trilogy encompassing how we got here, long view (Astrophysics for People in a Hurry), why things are shite (because Sapiens), and who’s to blame (hint: it’s men). Accidental because I had no idea how well these three actually fit together, and I totally lucked out choosing the correct order to read them. And, not unlike Sapiens, Mad Blood Stirring starts out strong and then falters, devolving into an autobiography with heavy focus on the Fairless’s mother and their relationship. There are five chapters. The first three are very good. The fourth could have been good, but goes sideways. The fifth attempts to tie into the book’s intended theme, but it’s a stretch such that by the end I wasn’t quite sure what the theme is. The title is a line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, spoken by Benvolio — the guy that tries to play the play’s peacemaker. Throughout the intro and chapter one Fairless has a bit of a Benvolio-complex (I just made that up), but that disappears by chapter five (along with the editor, apparently). The intro and first three chapters are really very good, worth reading, and could easily stand on their own serialized elsewhere. Fairless’s style is to present a main focus then intersperse asides throughout the chapter. Sometimes it works very well. Other times not so much. The fourth chapter is good in the parts that he focuses on the chapter’s main theme and “the killer”. In the fifth our narrator loses the plot. Or maybe I do. Regardless, my thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the review copy.

I went to physiotherapy on Wednesday and it seems that I really am on the mend because she doesn’t want to see me for a few weeks as long as I behave and as long as there are no disasters during my attempts to behave. So I’ve been behaving, which is evident by the paltry 25 KM I ran this week. I’m currently 37 KM behind pace to reach 2,018 KM in 2018. I’m trying to behave, and by behave I mean to follow the advice of my physiotherapist to slowly add back distance and maintain rest time between runs. But I’m also trying to decide what I’m going to do with the BMO in May as I keep going back and forth between thinking I should just run the half or maybe just run the full without a full training session leading up to it and see what happens. I think regardless of what I run on May 6 I’m going to run the Victoria full in the fall. So while I’m mulling over what to do what I’m keeping forefront in mind is that I just want to stay healthy.

2018 week two

Book Read:
2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry — Neil Degrasse Tyson

Kilometres Ran:
week two — 52.7

To date: 114 KM

Two weeks into 2018 and I am way ahead on my reading, which allows me to mix things up a bit. Such as, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry isn’t the second book I read this year, I don’t want to write about the others right now. I suppose if the two of you reading this are into spoilers you could go over to my Goodreads page and see where I’m at and what I’m up to, but there’s really no fun in that. I don’t have much to say about Astrophysics. It was fine and interesting and I’m a fan of Neil Degrasse Tyson and I liked that I could hear him when I read the book, but there’s a lot in the book and while he keeps it as light as astrophysics can be, I suppose, it’s still pretty heavy. There are a few recent discoveries and progress within the field that are interesting. There was also a lot of stuff that I already knew from reading A Brief History of Time and from taking an astronomy course back in undergrad because I needed science credits for my humanities degree so that I would graduate a well rounded individual. Jury’s out.

I decided mostly consciously that this year I would not make resolution but rather I would set goals and in spite of that I resolved to try to be a little bit more social with my running, beyond a head nod or flashing the victory at passing Seawallers. So this morning I woke up earlier than a typical Sunday and jogged down to Vancouver Running Co for The Nation Run — a 5, 10, or 15 K social run. And I remembered why I don’t really like social runs. It was set to start at 9:30 a.m. and I timed my 2.5 K transit badly, arriving a bit too early (about 9:20), then stood around for about 20 minutes waiting for it to start. The hundred or so of us set off back over the Burrard Bridge for a photo opp at the inuksuk between Sunset Beach and English Bay. Then wait for everyone to arrive, then take some photos, then the 5s 10s and 15s set off for the remainder of our respective runs. I went with the 15s — off around Second Beach Pool then the Seawall around Science World and back to Vancouver Running Co and I was with the lead group up until the Seawall detour just past the south end of the Cambie Bridge and then I started to gas and lost them around Granville. I paused in the fog at the corner of West 1st and Creekside, looked left and decided to go to right. The route went left. I went under Burrard and through Vanier Park past the Vancouver Museum and up Whyte back to the store. My 15 K that was actually mapped as 14.7 ended up being 16.9 and then another 2.5 to get back home, which turned my day into a surprise 22 K. I wasn’t planning on that. But it was fun. I even talked to a couple people. No wonder I’m so tired.