Dang y’all. I had plans of posting a review of Older, Faster, Stronger: What Women Runners Can Teach Us All About Living Younger, Longer (Shop your local indie bookstore) by Margaret Webb. I finished reading the Kindle version of the book a few months ago, and a lot of life has happened since then!, so I needed to get back into it to see my notes and thoughts. When I tried to re-open my Kindle copy, I kept getting an error message that I had maxed out my license for the book! That’s when I discovered that Amazon Kindle decided I had too many registered devices. And once I found the list of devices in my account settings, I agreed. Unbeknownst to me, some phones and computers I gave up long ago were still registered as my Kindle devices. But before the Amazon “chat” guy and I figured that out, he refunded the money for my book purchase and stripped it from my collections. So my notes and highlights are gone. I can remember this much: Margaret Webb’s book is a fun and informative read about devoting her 50th year to getting into the best running shape of her life. She documents the journey, weaving in research on aging and sports physiology, nutrition, and interviews with other middle-aged and older athletes. For a bit of inspiration, information, and entertainment, it’s worth a few bucks!
I haven’t been able to do much non-work-related reading lately, but I’m looking forward to receiving my copy of Catra Corbett’s memoir, Reborn on the Run: My Journey from Addiction to Ultramarathons (Shop your local indie bookstore). I’ve been a fan of her now-defunct blog, Dirt Diva, since I resumed trail running in 2008ish. These days I follow her on Instagram, though admittedly mostly for the pictures of TruMan, the ultra-cool Dirt Doxie who accompanies her on most runs. (See here, here, and here for some priceless examples of TruMan’s awesomeness)… although the DirtDiva’s “trail dance parties” occasionally enliven a slow afternoon in the office. At 53, she has already run over 250 ultra-marathons, and is one of only a handful of people to have run more than 100 100+ mile ultras. I think this makes her a #thisis50plus #rolemodel!
It’s been a tough couple of months from a calendar perspective. Too much to do, and too few hours in each day. Sunday afternoon marked the end of a particularly over-committed stretch of weeks, and I literally collapsed in a shaky heap on the bed for the afternoon – surrounded by unread magazines and newsletters I’ve been accumulating, sipping a beer and nibbling vegan pizza, and watching some “inspirational” trail running videos that actually just depressed me. I’ve been able to work out on my indoor bike, but the knee still isn’t tolerating running. The doc said it would be 4-8 weeks before I’d know if the gel injections are going to work. I’m at 4 weeks, now. Going to strap on that monstrosity of a knee brace and give it a shot on trails this week. Here’s hoping!