Are there any Big Little Lies fans out there? The series? If so you might remember this song. Either way you definitely want to add this amazing track to your playlist:
Mondays are always a full rest day for me unless I need to swap with another workout day. As soon as I got home from work, the boys were ready to ride bikes. Jon took the day off because of schools being closed today, so I wanted to give him a little break since it looks like they had a marathon day from these beauties that showed up on my photo feed.
We grabbed the bikes and hit the road!
We didn't stay long because the air quality was pretty bad from all the fires in Napa. Prayers go out to everyone affected by them...
Then I came home and got reunited with a bowl of spaghetti and my fluffy purple robe. So soft.
I don't know about you, but I look for running motivation anywhere I can get it. Social media, magazines, blogs, books, and especially movies! I'm sure you've seen running movie roundups before and you can probably predict a lot of the movies that first went through my head when I sat down to write this. I decided to pick ones that are a little less well known and are also some of my personal favorites, running aside. Let me tell you a movie that will NOT be on my "top 5" list...
And it's not because I don't like Rocky (watch the double negatives, Noob). In fact I love the Rocky movies! I even ran those famous steps in Philadelphia once when I was a kid on vacation! It's a very inspiring film, no doubt. But it's also pretty well known and is included on almost every "Best Running Movies" list.
So here is my own list of the Top 5 Movies That Might Inspire You To Run—see if you agree!
#5: Simon Pegg in Run Fatboy Run (2007)
I stumbled on this movie many years ago and immediately got sucked into the sweet main character's story. He wants to win back the woman he jilted at the altar years ago, so he signs up to run the London Marathon. He's sorely out of shape, but the movie takes you through his journey to learn to run and try to win back the love of his life. You'll have to watch to see if he runs it!
#4: Téa Leoni in Spanglish (2004)
Téa Leoni plays a perfect type-A mom in this movie. There's a scene where Téa's character is out for her run and she's going up a hill when we see a pack of male runners (probably college). She starts yelling, "Left! Left! Passing to your left!" and you see one guy look back at her like "please woman" and then she pulls ahead of all of them. It's a short scene but I love it, and the movie is definitely worth a watch!
#3: Kevin Kline in The Big Chill (1983)
This is also one of the greatest "friend" films of all time with one of the greatest soundtracks of all time (I don't exaggerate!). It's about a group of old friends who are reunited by a tragedy and end up spending a weekend together. Kevin Kline's character owns a shoe store and lays out running shoes for everyone which they mostly scoff at. Honestly I can't even remember if they actually show people running, but there's a good scene with everyone in the kitchen trying on their new shoes, not really sure what to do with them. At minimum, watch this movie for the retro running shorts Kevin Kline sports in this scene:
#2: Kate Capshaw in The Love Letter (1999)
This is an under appreciated movie in my opinion. It's set in a small town that I would love to live in called Loblolly-by-the-Sea. Is that a great town name for a movie or what? Kate Capshaw plays a single mom who owns a small bookstore and just sent her daughter away for the summer. The whole town becomes obsessed with this letter that circulates and we don't know who wrote it and for whom. There are several great scenes of Capshaw's character exercising but my favorite is when she's running on the beach and her younger employee, Tom Everett Scott, tries to keep up with her. She challenges him to a race and if she loses she'll cook him dinner. You'll have to watch to see what happens!
#1: Goldie Hawn in Wildcats (1986)
I am a massive Goldie Hawn fan and could pretty much devote a blog entirely to her. I admit I have watched this movie dozens of times. She plays a high school football coach who has little respect with her team. To try and earn it, she challenges them to laps around the track. If she's the last one standing then they have to show up for practice and participate. If one of them is the last standing, then she agrees to quit coaching. At the beginning, all the guys are running circles and doing cartwheels around her but one by one they start to drop off until it's just her and I think a few others. Then she looks at them and says, "Oh yeah I forgot to tell you, I ran the Boston Marathon....TWICE." The looks on their faces are priceless.
Side note: When I searched the terms "movies with actors running scene" here are some of the first page results:
Okay, I'm sure I left out a bunch of great films—tell me what I missed in the comments. I promise to watch any movie you suggest ;)
Today was the big bike ride organized by Jon's employer so he had to wake up at the crack of dawn to get picked up and be ready to offer roadside assistance for anyone that needed it. I woke with the boys around 8am and ordered enough food for a small army.
Do you have those foods that you really really want to love because you know they're good for you, and you order them every once in awhile to see if maybe your taste buds have changed and you actually like them now? This is how I feel about smoked salmon. And brussels sprouts. And peas. And cottage cheese. I ate it because I don't like to waste food, but remind me not to order it again! (Yes, there is a bagel under all those toppings.)
The plan was for us to meet Jon at the organizer's house after his road shift. They always put out a big spread of food and drinks. There's live music and people swim after they finish their rides. It's a lovely property with lots of old fruit trees and gardens.
The house was about an hour away so I broke up the ride with a quick stop at the Yountville Park playground. Not as good as yesterday's amazing find, but still very fun! And so gorgeous. The trees are getting heavy with crispy leaves and it almost felt like a real fall day. I swear the Bay Area doesn't get a full fall experience like you do in the Midwest... there is nothing like a Midwestern autumn where the leaves look like fire on the trees!
It's grape harvest season in Napa. Most of the vines are already free of their grapes but we still saw some big fat purple bunches at one of the wineries as we drove by.
Croc had a little accident at the playground but he clearly didn't care! And I was having an A-one mother moment because I remembered to grab a spare set of Thomas the Tank Engine undies and some shorts before we left today!
The house at the finish line was at the end of a long winding road in Pope Valley. I listened to my kind of music on the way up, and had the windows down the whole time. I love driving country roads. When we pulled up, there was a rafter of turkeys by the parking lot. (I had to look that up.) Croc made some kind of 3-year-old catcall and the entire rafter would gobble back at him and stare at him like he was their leader. The Dude and I tried the call but couldn't get the turkeys to do it. Croc is the turkey whisperer.
Similar to my thoughts on how golf course restaurants know how to keep children happy, Jon's employer also knows how to keep them happy. Annie's cheddar bunnies, baskets of grapes and apples, Clif bars, hot dogs on fancy toothpicks, a bunch of fresh juices, and shave ice!
Yay here's daddy! He was a little late to meet us because they had to help one last biker get to an aid station. Such a hard worker! We greeted the incoming bikers who all looked surprisingly happy and non-sweaty for having just ridden in 88 degree heat! Some of his colleagues are hard core about biking. In fact the owner was riding 100 this morning and then another 25 mile mountain bike ride in the afternoon "for fun." Let's just say his idea of fun and mine are different.
I think one of Jon's friends talked me into doing the ride next year. Maybe that can be my next goal after crossing CIM off the list!
We ran into an old friend who has been taking school photos of the boys for years. She's British and she has this way with them that is so special. I could never understand how someone could get such amazing pictures of my antsy pants kids until I met her. She asked if she could take a family photo of us and I think she may have gotten croc mid-pick :)
We left after lunch and just when all the trucks were rolling in to set up for dinner. Yum!
We stopped at a local sandwich shop on the way home and I picked up this Ginger Ale. I was expecting Ginger Beer so it tasted really sweet to me. The Dude helped me finish it.
I sat on the porch with croc and watched the pros driving golfs balls on the range. He clapped his hands every time they hit it. I'm sure they appreciate it :) He took this picture of me all on his own!
Late evening swim in the pool, then back to the room for crab cakes, yogurt, and pasta!
I played The Dude in a game of Old Maid. That game is ridiculous! Come on!! You lose if you get the card of the Old Maid. And look at the occupations for the women. I bet he wasn't expecting to get a full on lecture on gender and racial stereotypes while we played :)
I'm cleaning out my Dropbox and saw these old photos. I love the one of Croc strapped to me while I'm working. This is the new working woman! And another pic of him sprawled out like he just ate a roast beef sandwich. I look so tired but happy too.
Speaking of being tired from raising kids...
Classic San Francisco shot. He looks like a little fisherman.
And finally Croc in my belly about to pop while The Dude gets a winter ride in by the ocean.
Tomorrow I need to get a long run in once we're back in the city. I'll be sad to leave this beautiful resort but happy to be in my purple fluffy robe again.
Do you have a long run planned this weekend or did you already run it?
Are the colors on the trees happening where you live?
Happy Wednesday! Or as I lovingly refer to it -- oh shit it's the day I have to send the PTA newsletter!! I may have mentioned before that I'm on the PTA Board at The Dude's school. Much as I don't like giving up spare time for all the inevitable meetings and commitments that requires, I also know that if I don't do it, not many people will! It's tough to get parents to join and participate, and if the slots don't get filled then we lose that precious funding which pays for really important stuff like outdoor education and technology in the classrooms. Nope these things are not funded already with our tax dollars. All that cool stuff like music or art or a special event once a year is add on and needs someone to pay for it. Enter the PTA.
Sometimes the startling differences between one public school and another in the same city makes me want to cry. Or scream. Or both. And don't get me started on the stunning differences between public and private in San Francisco. One school's Fall Festival has iPads at the prize booth and spa treatments for the moms/daughters. The other's Fall Festival has tattered games and no prizes because we don't have the . budget this year.
All children - regardless of their race, income level, or zip code - deserve the same opportunities. If you only have time to read one book about this topic, I recommend Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol. It's one of the few books I kept that was required from school and gives you a lot of perspective on the broken platform many kids have from the very start of their education.
If you have children, how did you decide on the right school?
Speaking of school... guess what today was? Picture day! And we noticed all three of the males were Matchy McMatchersons:
After work I rushed to pick up The Dude and take him to soccer practice. It was the perfect chance to squeeze in a short 4 miler while he scrimmaged. The run felt good but weird because I'm not used to running after 2pm. For the most part I'm a wake-up-and-run kind of person and evening workouts always feel like more effort to me. But the pace was okay even though I again jumped all around.
And then I came back to pick him up for the last 15 minutes and became the anti-social mom wearing lycra who sits away from all the other parents. Sometimes forced social situations make me a little anxious. I like conversations to flow naturally and you might as well punch me in the face for every second of a silent pause. My friend and I joke that we are the least network-y people we know... so much so that she wants to start an anti-networking event. I suggested she call it NOTworking. The idea of doing speed networking or whatever gives me the hives. No thanks! But I admire people who put themselves out there like that and instantly make friends and feel comfortable. I think I need to work up to it for a little bit.
Sixty-seven days until California International Marathon!!! There are discussions of my mom and surrogate aunt coming out for it. I hope they make it but I feel like typing any more will jinx it.
I can't get enough of all the cool analytics and insights you get from Garmin. I don't know what half of it means, but I'll learn!
I stopped to take a picture of this beautiful spider web but when I got home and looked at it, you couldn't make it out. But I actually like it. They look like they're about to spin a web around the tiny moon.
So I thought these looked truly disgusting:
And finally, current mood:
Okay I need help. Who uses a Garmin or similar watch? What reports or stats do you always check after a run to gauge your performance?
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