Today I’m coming at you with five thoughts!
1. I’m Toast!
Last night I got in a nice and toasty run at my favorite place!
I have no idea why but my skin is looking ROUGH so I am sparing your eyeballs and giving you a black and white photo of me coolin’ off post-run.
2. More Adnan!
This run went by SO QUICKLY because I started listening to Undisclosed – the new podcast about the Adnan Syed case! If you were a fan of the first season of Serial I cannot recommend this podcast more!
(Meg, the lawyer from The View from LL2 is one of the hosts!)
3. Please Join!
I created the marathoner Facebook group I promised that I would, and while I would LOVE to talk about running, I would also love to talk about the Adnan case!!!
Seriously guys, join this group and let’s talk about all the new info from Undisclosed that we learned while listening to the podcast while running (because I know you’re doing that too!). I need to talk about the Hae’s Day episode with you all!
We can also discuss McFarland USA! I just watched it over the weekend!
4. Go McFarland!
* Walt Disney Studios kindly sent me this awesome DVD! Wow, I must be a big time blogger now! 😀
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I seriously encourage you to grab a running buddy and watch it asap! It’s such a great, uplifting story about a coach who puts together an unlikely latino cross country team that goes on to win a state title. Even better than winning states, all of the guys got accepted into college, something that likely wouldn’t have happened if not for track.
The movie is based on a true story and there are quite a few interviews on YouTube where you can learn what the real life people the characters were based upon are up to today. (I also found original photos of the beach scene from the movie here and track photos here!)
The cool thing is that quite a few of the team members are still living in McFarland and involved with the school and the track team!
One of the track members who went on to become a writer, wrote this poem while he was part of the team:
We fly like blackbirds
through the orange groves
floating on a warm wind
When we run we own the earth
the land is ours
We speak the birds language
not immigrants no more
not stupid Mexicans
when we run our spirits fly;
we speak to the gods
when we run, we are the gods.
So powerful – every time I read or hear it I tear up!
Go watch this movie!
5. Meow Meow
And finally I leave you with a picture of the laziest sack of potatoes I have ever met. If he’s not sleeping … he’s thinking about sleep! 😀
In my next life I want to come back as a pampered house cat!
Have you seen McFarland USA yet? If not, it’s a great movie to watch with your kids, your students or your friends!
Will you join my Facebook group for running/marathoning/podcast listening/life chat?