In the Fall of 2016 , Hollywood released the first movie based on the bombing that took place at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The movie’s star (Mark Wahlberg) and director (Peter Berg) stated that their intent in making the film was to tell the story of the bombing in a way that honored the city and citizens of Boston and those who were affected by the bombing. The movie, Patriots Day, received mostly positive reviews from critics, however, the film failed to attract a large audience.
As a marathon runner that has run the Boston Marathon and as movie buff, I personally thought that Patriot’s Day was decent movie that adequately paid tribute to the amazing citizens of Boston and their strength. With that being said, I walked away from the film deflated. Yes, the terrorists behind the attack had been caught, but the stories of those left dead and injured were left untold. The review I wrote for Patriots Day in January was titled “A Missed Opportunity“.
My review gave credit to the team behind Patriot’s Day for achieving their goal of making a movie that honored the citizens of Boston, but, in the end, stated that Patriots Day was not the movie I wanted to see about the bombing. I wanted to see the story of the people who had the strength to fight their way back from the brink of death. The people who learned how to live without their loved ones or their legs that were lost in the bombing. The people who carried on so the rest of us who were terrified by the events of that April afternoon could see their example of courage. The example that so clearly states to the terrorists who commit these dastardly acts that we will not live in fear of them and the human spirit cannot be killed by their bombs.
I have tried a to find the perfect cross training activity many times over the years, but the activity that I keep trying over and over with the hopes of making it a habit is yoga. Not just yoga, hot yoga. I have been craving a new adventure in cross training recently, so I decided to give hot yoga another try.
Frank Shorter famously said… “You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” I believe the same principle should be applied to overweight runners attempting to do hot yoga with hardly any yoga experience as well. You have to forget your last hot yoga experience before trying another. Your mind (and body) can’t know what’s coming. About 15 minutes into my 60 minute class this afternoon, the only thing going through my mind was…
A few of my accomplishments from today’s adventure in cross training are below…
- Heaviest person in the class
- Wearing more clothes than anyone else in the 105 degree / 40 % humidity climate controlled room
- Most inflexible body in the room
- Only class member singled out by the instructor to be shown how to modify poses to make them easier
- Asked by yogi with zero body fat if it was my first class after
I think it is safe to say that a lot of people take up running so they can eat more of the foods they love. Naturally, some crazy runners out there have decided to combine their love of running and food. A good number of races have popped up across the nation over the years. In fact, Runner’s World has compiled a Bucket List of 10 Wacky Food Races.
By far, the most popular type of food / beverage race is The Beer Mile. The world record for the beer mile currently stands at 4 minutes and 34 seconds! Serious kudos to that guy!
Over the last couple of years, the Taco Mile has been rising in popularity. The editor’s of Runner’s World even staged their own taco mile on Cinco De Mayo this year. I know that this opinion won’t be popular, but I believe that tacos are hardly worthy of having their own speed mile event.
As a runner, and as a food lover, I have been getting the itch to participate in a food race. That being said, I have some issues with participating in the two most popular types of food races. The beer mile is out because I don’t drink alcohol or carbonation. I don’t think my Mormon bishop would be too pleased to see a member of his flock throwing back a can of beer in between each lap of a 4 lap race (just a hunch).
Why not participate in or stage a taco mile? Tacos are a fine food, but I don’t find them worth risking serious gastro intestinal distress for.
What food do I consider worthy of risking possible gastro intestinal distress and regurgitation for? Yep! You guessed it. PIZZA!!!