Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Friday, September 4, 2015

Running Free and RUN FREE (Finally!!)

It's been a minute since I stepped foot into my 24 Hour Fitness gym. So long, in fact, that I was super proud of the forethought I had in double checking my lock combination BEFORE hooking it into the locker and clicking it locked with all my valuables inside.
I remembered the combo!
I should have woken up early to go out on a run today like the good, REAL, runners do, but the pillow won out so I headed to the gym around mid-day to reunite with my old special treadmill.

I usually pack a change of underwear inside my gym bag because mine get sweaty after a run and I had to go back to work, but today I forgot. I'd read recently some other (female) bloggers admit to going commando when they work out so I decided to join the club. Maybe it's not a big deal, but it was my first time running free... and I liked it!
I caught another episode of House of Cards during my 3 mile run on the treadmill. I am going to have SERIOUS WITHDRAWLS when I'm finished with all the episodes! 

My right calf felt super duper tight during this run so I took some time to foam roll the crap (literally) out of it. I wish I was better at doing the things that are good for me.  
After work, I headed downtown (Long Beach) to the Art Theatre where we had previously gone to see the Amy Winehouse documentary to 
 finally, finally, see this movie: 
I'd invited my girlfriends and thought I'd given them the background story on Run Free. I promised them a good movie. When we got there they claimed to have no idea what we were supposed to be watching (whoops!) so I was worried they would find the film totally boring and unrelate-able. After all, they 1. aren't runners and 2. don't shelve their copy of Born to Run  right next to their Bible the way I do (because they don't own a copy of Born to Run). 
My good friend Val (not pictured but he is HERE on another post) joined us too.
I'm objective enough to admit that I know can't speak objectively about this movie. At all. I LOVED LOVED LOVED every minute of it. 
The story was entirely about Micah True, the main character in Born to Run. But it also included all the other characters (and more) that were featured in Born to Run. Seeing real footage of them, of Manuel Luna and Arnulfo Quimare, and of the towns set deep in the Copper Canyons, was like watching the images I've had in my head for years come to life. 
And, I kid you not, the girlfriends also LOVED it. Maybe not as much as me, but we were all talking about our favorite parts for quite a while when the movie was over. My heart was warm and fuzzy all over.

It's now available on DVD HERE

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