85. Couple On The Run

By Andrew and Sue O’Brien.

– 8 Marathons, 8 Countries, 8 Weeks, One Couple- Every Step Together –

The extraordinary story of how running together helped a couple take their relationship to the next level.

Has been good to know more about marathon running. 42k is not daunting actually. It’s all about managing expectations and preconceived ideas.

83. Javatrekker

By Dean Cycon, Founder & Owner, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee.

– Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee –

I’m just thinking, what good is a thing if nobody knows? What good is a thing if it is only to you?

Coffee is something so awesome. All the history, all the people. So many times I choked and tears welled. Because the Ashaninkas, Arhuacos, the Gayos, the Ethiopians, the victims of the Death Train in Nicaragua, they yearn so much, they go through so much. And it’s all for this thing called life. To each his own lot. And what exactly is benchmark? If the strong women can carry water for 10miles, how impossible is my walking or running home? Too many detractors, too much comfort and ease over here. But I need to do things my way, the way that calls out to me.

A life of quiet desperation. I love the end of posting. I get to read so much and do so much that I truly enjoy. The things of my heart.

82. Amazon

By Bruce Parry.

– An extraordinary journey down the greatest river on Earth –

Off to learn more about Bruce Parry. Darn this tonsilitis ulcer horrific pain at the back right side of my throat. Reading all such things makes me think about how the world works and why does it work like it does now. Why are people just so darn bad to other people.

81. Giant Steps

By Karl Bushby.

– An American Odyssey from Punta Arenas to the edge of Alaska –

I persevered, thank God. Because what he has to say is so much more important than me dozing off midsentence. Like all journeys, I must carry on. Finishing.

80. Planetwalker

By John Francis, Ph.D

– 17 years of silence 22 years of walking –

I’m heavily inspired. I need, I desperately NEED books and people to kick me off my butt. And I get filled with such anticipation and dreams when I see what others can do. Ground zero for nonviolent action, crossing deserts, this is what I want to do. I want journey and journey upon journey. The downside is that now when I’m absorbing all of this, I think I may have compromised my studies. I know I cannot do this, 65% for paeds posting simply isn’t acceptable even if we should be accepting of our capabilities. But could I have done better, I’m not sure actually. But let’s not remove the shine of life with this. I so desperately want to GO.

78. Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth

By Martin Dugard.

Oh my gosh. I love reading such books. But it’s so sad that it’s like I’m living my dreams through them. So I will tell myself that I am bidding my time. My time now is to prepare for it, so that come The time, I will be ready. My body is adapting and learning, and my mind is pleased. Walked to Bishan today, then ran/walked in 2h15mins from Yishun home. two sessions in one day, no obvious aches, and managed to squeeze in vacuum/mop as well. All this is good. I am glad that in the big scheme of my life, my selftravel is working out. And for me, who values purpose, that’s good. I take more pleasure in accomplishing a travel home than managing the same distance nonstop running in circles.

76. Wanderlust

– A History of Walking –

By Rebecca Solnit.

The Disembodiment of Everyday Life.

From the elimination of the physical effort of walking to the sensorimotor loss induced by the first fast transport, we have finally achieved states bordering on sensory deprivation, writes Paul Virilio. The loss of the thrills of the old voyage is now compensated by the showing of a film on a central screen.
Bodies are not obsolete by any objective standard, but they increasingly are perceived as too slow, frail, and unreliable for our expecatations and desires- as parcels to be transported by mechanical means (though of course many steep, rough or narrow spaces can only be traversed on foot, and many remote parts of the world can’t be reached by any other means, it takes a built environment, with tracks, graded roads, landing strips and energy sources, to accomodate motor transport. A body regarded as adequate to cross continents, like John Muir’s or Wiliam Wordsworth’s or Peace Pilgrim’s, is experienced very differently than a body inadequate to go out for the evening under its own power.

It is the unaugmented body that is rare now, and that body has begun to atrophy as both a muscular and a sensory organism. The world is no longer on the scale of our bodies, but on that of our machines, ad many need – or think they need – the machines to navigate that space quickly enough. The decline of walking is about the lack of space in which to walk, but it is also about the lack of time- the disappearance of that musing, unstructured space in which so much thinking, courting, daydreaming and seeing has transpired.

The Treadmill.

It was the exertion, not the production, tht was the point of the treadmill. Throughout most of human history and outside the first world nowadays, food has been relatively scarce and physical exertion abundant; only when the status of these two things is reversed does “exercise” make sense. That muscles have become status symbols signifies that most jobs no longer call upon bodily strength: like tans, they are an aesthetic of the obsolete.

The gym is the interior space that compensates for the disappearance of outside and a stopgap measure in the erosion of bodies. The gym is a factory for the production of muscles or of fitness.

And whereas the industrial revolution’s bodies had to adapt to the machins, with terrible consequences of pain, injury and deformity, exercise machines are adapted to the body. While exertion for work is about how the body shapes the world, exertion for exercise is about how the body shapes the world. Bodily labor here happens the first time around as productive labor and the second as leisuretime consumption. The deepest sign of transformation is not merely that this activity is no longer productivem but that the straining of the muscles may not be useful or used for any practical purpose.

The body that used to have the status of a work animal now has the status of a pet: it does not provide real transport, instead, the body is exercised as one might walk a dog. Thus the body, a recreational rather than utilitarian entity, doesn’t work, but works out. On the treadmill, walking is no longer contemplating, courting or exploring. Walking is the alternate movement of the lower limbs.

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That was an awesome read.