Running New York marathon in the same year, a life time achievement maybe…
Running both and the distance between the two?
Patrick Sweeney reckons pretty much any of us can do this. It’s just a matter of getting into the rhythm of things.
Me (M)- What are you up to tomorrow?
Patrick (P)- Tomorrow I’ll be flying to Chicago to meet with a friend “Barefoot Alex” then onto the Kenyan Embassy to meet some top Kenyan marathoners. Alex and I’ll then pick up a torch and run from Chicago to New York and then run the New York Marathon.
After a short break in the series, I have subtitled the remaining two interviews this way, as I wish to convey the under-exploited potential of the human race.
Several years ago, my university friend drew my attention to the fact that many of our contemporaries were living in “self-created prisons”. Luckily, I had already found running as a way of breaking free from the library, or life at my desk, but I understood what she meant.
At a time when we should have been enjoying limitless freedoms, people were living in boxes: a whole world where opportunities outside their windows were left untouched and unexplored, whilst hours were whiled away watching escapist TV, playing on games consoles, or just generally making every effort possible to disengage from the wider world. This habit only worsened as jobs and families became the norm for that generation.
The notion of adventure seemed too much of an exertion for an already burned-out mind… No wonder the rate of mental illness seemed so disproportionately high…We thought we were happy in our bubbles, but we were scared to break-out of the comfort zone, and that’s a different thing entirely.
The following two interviews taught me that the life of your dreams is possible in the here and now (and here’s the cool bit for me) even with a couple of kids in tow In fact, setting examples for next generations: that we don’t have to live a life of optional limitation, is pretty much a purposeful existence in and of itself.
It doesn’t have to be all rat race and rush hours, it can be sunsets, beer miles and saying “Yes” to opportunities…
Meet Dini Martinez and Patrick Sweeney! Patrick’s interview, regarding his adventure starting tomorrow, will be up later today, so check back for that
“Click this” Read an email I sent to my other-half.
“Stop sending me click-bait” was his curt reply.
“:-( But I wrote it?” Was my reply.
Adam: “Oh, ok I clicked it”.
It got me thinking, I don’t want to write click-bait. I want to write informative, life-affirming pieces, like the kind I love to read. If I am interested in a subject, my patience lasts longer than 800 words.
So, the idea to put together a series of four interviews came to mind.
Two live in Malta, two are Americans, two are men, two are women. There’s one grandmother, one father, one working/ sailing mother and the other one, well he defies categorisation.
They are four humans who appear to get more out of their days than the average Joe.
I’ve been working long and hard on this series to try and showcase ordinary people who do extra-ordinary things.
They appear to ask more of life than seems normal. Are they rewarded, or are they simply nuts? Let’s see. (more…)
I’ve been reading, running and generally getting busy… Also I updated the blog theme, and lost a lot of features… So I am slowly trying to figure that out.
I plan to be back at it in autumn, I’m away all summer and my twins have basically finished school now, so am busy packing and finding babysitters for my plants, in between running, and running around after them.
In the meantime I thought I would share the below report link, as it made me LOL.