Things I’m obsessing about right now:
1. My feet. Warning: this entry contains a completely disgusting image of my feet (but you are on a running blog, so what did you expect?). Please ignore this post if you are easily grossed out or are simply tired of looking at photos of my feet.
I am now 10 days post Western States Training Camp (17 days post Born to Run 100k), and my feet are still a mess.
My left foot is still markedly swollen and painful. I’m starting to freak out a bit. Hubz’ joke about Trench Foot may have been right on the money. Whatever it is, I can’t run, and the race is less than 3 weeks away. Time for a doc, I guess. Frustrating.
2. US 24 Hour National Team. Presently, I occupy what they call the “Bump Spot” – the last spot on the 6 person team heading to Poland in September. The final two 24 Hour qualifier events, FANS 24 Hour and Black Mountain Monster 24 Hour, were held this past weekend. I can’t find any results, so I have no idea if anyone “bumped” me from the Team. Finger nails are bitten. Nerve-wracking.
3. The Next Food Network Star. I get so attached to the people in these reality competition shows (Top Chef, Project Runway, Next Food Network Star) that I hate to see anyone get kicked off, but I love the competition/passion aspect. There are so many of these shows that just bite, but this one has a lot of substance – great cooking AND a glimpse of what it takes to go from chef to TV chef. Fascinating.
4. Stephen King. I am listening to his memoir/writing book, On Writing, and I have fallen in love with this guy. Never a Stephen King fan (although I did love Shawshank Redemption and the Green Mile), I have a whole new respect for him. He is clever, funny, and a straight-shooter – a genuinely likable guy. And while some people have criticized his reading style in this audiobook, I think that has been one of the best parts. So many of his eccentricities come to life just through his own voice delivering a sentence. Brilliant.
5. Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Always a fan, I bought her new “memoir,” Against Wind and Tide – a compilation of her journal entries and letters from 1947-1986 – and I am loving it. If you’ve never read any of her other published works, you are missing out. She was a fascinating woman – a mother, writer, pilot, world traveler – who was very open and frank about her life and marriage to Charles Lindbergh. I’ve just started it, but I can hardly put it down. In fact, I had to tear myself away from it to finish this post, as I had picked it up to make sure I had the title correct, and just started reading. A good book is the best kind of obsession. Magic.
What are you obsessing about right now?