Lately I've really been wanting to start running again, in no small part because a friend is training for a half-marathon. It's really made me start itching to take out the shoes and do a few laps on the track.
Except I hate running on a track. Another reason I'm looking forward to being in the Midwest: I can run in the neighborhood again without fearing an excessive number of honks/weird cat-calling.
Anyway. The above book has helped stoke my desire to hit the pavement again. It's got all kinds of great motivational stuff, races to run, and the 25 best cities for runners (Madison is on that list, though what makes a good running city, I'm not so sure). It lists music to run to, the names of the weirdest races, and a page to make your own running alphabet, filling in each letter with something meaningful to you.
It's the kind of thing that, if I was having trouble getting motivated for a run, I could open it up and almost instantly feel inspired. Only problem is, it's $24. Oh, and we're moving, so we don't need any more books right now. (Except I keep getting them anyway...)
This one is a retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Three heartbroken people all wander into Buena Vista Park in San Francisco, home to Titania and Oberon (which actually makes a lot of sense to me). But their marriage has broken up after their adopted son died, and Titania has unleashed something evil.
I've always been a fan of that play, so something exploring that world really appeals to me. But again, this is a hardcover, and fairly expensive and heavy. So it will have to wait.
The Madison Public Library is going to be my new favorite place.