An odd pair of things seem to be on my mind (and floating around the internet) today: China and running.
Perhaps not so odd. When I spent 3 weeks in China a couple years back, I was training for my first marathon, so a lot of my fond memories of the country are connected with running. (Click on the map here for a virtual tour of the trip.)
So… China. Despite that trip and subsequent travels and reading, I still feel a sense of real vagueness in my understanding of East Asia and its religions. Coming across this video about China helped, as part of the message is that China is a country and a people of many contradictions.
After watching that, I highly recommend viewing this gallery of family portraits representing the 56 ethnic groups in China. And if you have any lingering doubts about China being a place of contradictions, check out this operatic senior choir doing a Lady Gaga cover:
For one last bit of Chine intrigue, have a look at this article: “Sex from Dusk till Dawn.”
For a little motivation, if you haven’t already seen the story of the 100 year old marathoner, see here, and a fantastic story of an Olympic racer, Lauren Fleshman, running her first marathon last weekend in New York is here. A favorite excerpt (from moments after finishing the race, exhausted):
“I have to go be in a coma now,” Fleshman said, adding “All I want to do is lay down and be fed grapes and expensive cheeses by my good-looking husband.”
I can relate. And now, off for a run.