I’m in a bit of a running lull at the moment. It’s the same after most big races, but this time, I don’t have any half-marathons planned – so I don’t even have anything to work towards. My in-laws are here for a few more days and I’m just taking the opportunity to run for fun. It’s rather nice, actually, but not particularly exciting for you all to read about!

I do have a few races on the calendar…a 5k this weekend which I’m probably going to have to run with the stroller; a 10k in November which I am really excited about and another 10k in December, this time a trail race in Huddart Park with Jen and my friend Agnes!  There’s a lot to be excited about. So in the meantime, until my running mojo is reignited, this is what I’m currently….


  • I’ve just finished ‘The Lost Daughter’ by Elena Ferrante. It was excellent, if quite desolate. We hear so much about the joys of motherhood, this novel deals with maternal ambivalence. Not particularly comfortable reading.
  • If you need reading inspiration, check out this blog of a girl who spent the year reading international literature. Her Reading List is incredible.
  • I’m newly subscribed to TrailRunner Magazine. Whilst I’m frustrated at how ad-heavy it is, just the photographs send me into trail bliss!
I KNOW!!! Source


  •  On Sunday, the Husband and I went to see ‘Pulling Strings’, a fairly dreadful but unexpectedly charming rom-com about an uptight embassy worker and a Mexican mariachi singer.
  • We just finished watching ‘The New Girl’ which was lovely (with the best screen kiss EVER) and are also enjoying series 4 of ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Scandal’, which is preposterous but has nice clothes.


  • The second Hunger Games movie in Nov 22nd. I’m officially too old but I’m excited anyway!
  • Our getaway to Tahoe for Thanksgiving.
  • Halloween…the Dude is dressing up as cheese. Swiss Cheese. I kid you not.
  • SOUP season, which is kicking off right now.
  • Already horribly excited about the new series of Game of Thrones which comes out in March. March, I know. I have it bad.

Listening to

  • I’m really enjoying the Marathon Talk podcasts that Jen put me onto!

As you can see, I am desperately in need of new stuff to listen to. Help a girl out.



  • Salty Running – a great resource for runner girls.
  • Eagle Cam is incredible!!! Check out video one and video two.
  • Cabin P*rn – the most wonderful collection of photos of cabins! Makes me long to be in the mountains. (Totally safe, despite the name).
Our cabin in the woods
Our cabin in the woods

Okay, your turn! Rereading the above, I’m slightly mortified at how out of date and how unintellectual I am at the moment. Inspire me 🙂

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Jen says:

    I am really jealous that you already got your copy of Trail Runner! I keep checking my mailbox hoping to find it, to no avail. Boo.

    Re: “Pulling Strings”. Curious about how a movie can be simultaneously, “fairly dreadful and unexpectedly charming”? 😉

    Sorry, nothing to add to your list. I’m just as out of date (or probably more so) than you are. Actually, I just finished a good book lately called “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.” And there’s a great documentary on Netflix called “Somewhere Between” which follows 4 adopted teenage girls from China. Very moving and interesting. Have a tissue ready!

    1. Cathryn says:

      So Pulling Strings is this really bad romcom. Bad acting, totally predictable plot, clunky dialogue. It’s a bad film. But somehow, at the end, at the totally inevitable kiss I found myself grinning like a loon and we both came out going ‘that was quite sweet’.

      Thanks for the recommendations…I’ll add them to my list.

  2. Juli Bronzini says:

    Sounds like you’re managing to stay pretty well rounded! Can’t remember the last movie I saw in the theatre….(: The best thing I’ve seen recently on NetFlix was Ruby Sparks. It’s a love story from last year- can’t believe it didn’t get more attention…. As far as books go, I recently read the new David Sedaris book “Let’s Talk Diabetes With Owls” and the Mindy Kaling book. Both are short stories- all autobiographies and hilarious if you have a weird sense of humor, which I do. Going to confirm with Susan tomorrow about the Berkeley race and then sign up!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yay for the recommendations and the Berkeley race!

  3. Angela says:

    Running lulls can be nice! No need to rush anything.

    I am hopelessly addicted to audio books, since I can listen to them on my commute, & I occasionally run with them too.

    And yes, soup season RULES! {digs out slow cooker}

    1. Cathryn says:

      I like the idea of audio books. When you’ve finished one, do you feel like you’ve actually read it? Or is the satisfaction different?

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