September 2017 Miles & Pages
FINALLY! I've been anxiously awaiting the return of the "miles" part of these monthly posts! I am happy to say that I am making a slow (emphasis on the slow) return to running, while also logging miles of another sort on the roads. September was a great reading month, as well...until it wasn't. As I type this, I have hit a bit of a slump and am struggling to decide what to read next. I'm headed out of town for some fun at the end of this week, so I'm hopeful I'll find something that strikes my fancy, between now and then.
76.97 running miles for the month - woo hoo!
783.25 miles for 2017
3 barre classes
Approximately 37,000 bridge exercises
234 cycling miles for the month
906 miles for 2017
Big Dam Bridge 100 Cycling Tour - longest ride to date, at 51.5 miles
1 knee scab
George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl - Written by one of my favorite book nerds (Nancy is a regular NPR books commentator and all-around book recommending phenom), this debut reminds readers to embrace what we have right in front of us, our current source of happiness, rather than romanticizing what could have been. In addition, the story (and its delightful, quirky characters) highlights the disconnection that results from growing up with a family that is devoid of outward expressions of emotion, something to which I readily relate.
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane - This is where my reading month really took off! Recommended by Sarah's Book Shelves, I could hardly put this one down; check out her review here, as well as her review for the next one on this list!
Beartown by Fredrik Backman - Wow, this was such a great read; full of passion, regardless of whether you care anything about hockey (I really don't, but I enjoy a great underdog story full of fire and perseverance!), and I absolutely fell in love with this small town and all of the characters. This is definitely a departure from Backman's previous work, so beware; for me, it was a pleasant, welcome surprise.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan - Having thoroughly enjoyed A Visit from the Goon Squad, I was eager to read Egan's latest work; the history student in me says, "Bravo!" while the reader in me was ready for this one to be finished about 100 pages before it ended. With intelligent, painstakingly descriptive writing, it is obvious that Egan put her heart and soul into this novel; I would have loved to have been involved with the research process for this story because I love this time period. Nevertheless, I struggled to stick with it until the end which, thankfully, is redemptive.
Favorite Book of the Month
This was a tough decision, thanks to Beartown, but I decided to go with...
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - If you're already of fan of Ng's writing, then I'm preaching to the choir; if not, pick up a copy of this one and also check out Everything I Never Told You. You can thank me later! The characters are beautifully flawed (my favorite!) and complex, but this story flows along such a lovely path; I'll be thinking of this one for months to come, as I did with her debut. My friend Susie at Novel Visits also had good things to say about the audio book version, for those of you who prefer to listen.
I've started, but just barely, the audio version of What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton; I love hearing her voice as she describes the events leading up to (and after) last year's election.
Now that I'm back running again, I can catch up on some television programs (via my Kindle) on the days that I choose the treadmill; why is The Handmaid's Tale so much more frightening on screen, even though I've read the book twice and know what's coming?
I have another opportunity to participate in a smaller cycling tour in October; the season is winding down, so I have to take advantage of the time I have left!
I'll be traveling to Chicago this weekend to cheer on friends and teammates during the Chicago Marathon; I am SUPER EXCITED!! Cheering at marathons is much more fun than running them, I have to admit.
Less than six weeks until my first running event back from injury - the Richmond Half Marathon!