That’s sometimes what I think I should call this blog. For every good week where I can run up to 10 or even 20 miles have been down weeks where I’m stuck on a treadmill, bike, or something else–where when I retrain it feels like I’m hobbling along rather than running. From the get-go, when I began to retrain in running in late 2014, I overdid it time and time again and have suffered plantar fasciitis, IT band injuries, a broken toe, and, more recently, what I thought was just a mildly sprained ankle (which I kept running/hiking on). These things all have happened in the left leg or foot. My left leg sucks. I just struck it up to[…]

Jeff VanderMeer has a great piece today in Environmental Critiques called “Hauntings in the Anthropocene.” It goes into dealing psychologically, and in fiction, with global warming, which he terms a “hyperobject.” Morton’s central idea of a hyperobject is in a sense a way of using a word as an anchor for something that would be otherwise hard to picture in its entirety–it is an all-encompassing metaphor that also has its own reality, both literal and figurative, here and there. The word therefore is a very important signifier for any fiction writer wishing to engage with the fragmented and diffuse issues related to the Anthropocene. VanderMeer also talked about the BP oil spill as being an influence for Area X in[…]

Just got back from a sweaty run. Oh how I am going to suffer in the summer. It’s not even really that warm here, but it’s extremely humid and sweat is still pouring off me. Guess I’m going to have to toughen up! If you haven’t noticed, I have changed the name of the blog to “Running in the Anthropocene”–anthropocene being a buzzword that is not truly geological but is representative of the human epoch. When I try to unite this idea with running, and climate change especially, I think of that run post I made about the Beijing Marathon, where runners wore masks. There are various ways in which I incorporate running into the other themes at Eco-fiction, but[…]

Welcome to the new running blog. My husband is the best Over the weekend I accompanied my husband to Seattle for a half-marathon. Let me back up here. In January 2013 my husband began a “couch to 5K” running program. At that time he was about 60 pounds heavier and loved eating chips while sitting on the couch. I am not sure what motivated him to start this program, or more–that he actually continued with it and is running half-marathons! But whatever that thing is that makes people to do such things is something I admire. Around the same time I began walking and working myself up to jog some while walking, but I developed plantar fasciitis pretty badly and[…]