Archive for 11/03/2011

A few more Human Gems…

It seems an age ago since our friends Mark and Tim were here, though in reality it was Monday when we dropped them at the airport in Girona, all of us more than a little sad. Sad, not because we’d had such an awful time together, but on the contrary – because we’d had such marvellous days together that we would have liked them to continue.

Together we made great progress with the preparations for the big challenge next year, and a mini one prior to that. When people understand each other, everything is achieved with so much more delight.

We had a great time at the marathon – at least I did, kilometrating some 22 kms with Mark. Tim and Mark suffered some, but then a marathon without some suffering is hardly a marathon at all.

But more than anything was what we shared as people, friends and humans that made the weekend so precious. This is what Siscu & I spoke about on our way back from Girona, and of how fortunate we are in knowing and sharing such amazing times with human gems like them.

Today Siscu & I had the best run that I’ve had in months, and that he’s had since his operation a year ago. Hills galore through beautiful mountains, adventure and great joy – and now raclette!

Celebrating Women

Today is International Women’s day, so despite being immersed in editing my book, I feel that I must write a few lines here dedicated to all of us.

Women have come an exceedingly long way, considering that for centuries we were punished, restricted, repressed and held back from even attempting to reach our potential. We’ve seen this in sports, and in running in particular. In the ancient Olympics women could be beheaded even for being caught as spectators at the games. In 1896 two Greek women ran the Olympic course, but were denied the opportunity to compete. Women were completely banned from track and field until 1928, and it wasn’t until 1984 in Los Angeles, that women were officially allowed to run the marathon. Katherine Switzer was one of the many women to fight this battle for equality in sports.

The freedom that many of us enjoy today (unfortunately in many places women are still being oppressed today), is due to the bravery and strength of character of many women who have come before us, and it is up to us not to let their efforts go to waste.

We may have come a long way, but we still have far to go. We haven’t even begun to approach our full potential, not only in sports, but also in every aspect of our lives. We must aim to achieve the best we can today and every day…It’s never too late to start striving for personal excellence.

Looking forward to writing again…

I know that I’ve been very silent here – but this isn’t to say that I don’t want to write, or that I have nothing I want to say. The truth is that I’m really looking forward to writing again, I’m overflowing with topics to discuss, ideas and thoughts that I want to share, but I’m under huge pressure to finish with editing the books. My workdays still star at 5 or 6am, and they continue being as intense as during the last 4 months.
Our break in France for my birthday was marvelous, giving us the energy we needed to continue at this pace.

This morning we had the pleasure of breakfasting with Vilaprat here (after 3 hours of solid work), following which, we walked him along with the dogs – he’s injured so he can’t run. It’s always wonderful spending a few hours with him. Once a week we treat ourselves to a breakfast – the rest of the days, breakfast is spent stuck to the keyboards – not the best for physical or mental health…but there are only a few more weeks as intense as this.
This afternoon I’ll kilometrate with Oz – double joy in one day!

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