Review: Run Fat Bitch Run By Ruth Field

I’m not going to lie, I bought this book in a fit of “I need to lose weight” insanity. Had I not having a moment like this, I would have bypassed this like I had so many times before, utterly pissed at the concept that putting yourself down by calling yourself a fat bitch is the key to losing weight. I have no issue with saying that I was completely wrong about this book.

I’d been in a bit of  running rut. I hadn’t run seriously (i.e. more than 4 or 5 miles a week) in about 2 months and even though I enjoyed the other forms of exercise I was doing, it was far too easy to blow it off, especially when I was working long days in the hospital. Placement is a particularly sore issue for me when it comes to exercising because in my course, the length of time you are out only continues to increase from 4 weeks to 9 months to all the time when I’m qualified. What am I supposed to do, blow off exercise forever? It was starting to get to me and that in itself was contributing to my ever deepening discomfort.

I read ‘Run Fat Bitch Run’ in about 2 hours from cover to cover minus the section on post natal running (considering I am hoping this won’t be an issue for a few more years.) This book really is about running, not about destroying your self esteem. Yes, there are moments in it which are tough and that I will not be trying myself (she even prefaces these moments by stressing that you need a dark sense of humour and not to do this if you have any sort of mental fragility when it comes to self esteem) but all in all, it is a great kick up the arse to just get out there and run.

The target audience is beginners but it is equally as effective for someone like me who just got into a huge rut about hitting the road. Ruth Field’s stories about her own start to running, her family’s conversion and her own months of trying to get back in the fitness habit.

Why am I advocating this? The diet section is great. It is short and sweet and to the point. Basically, drink more water, eat less crap and go for your run. Simple stuff. Now just to motivate yourself to keep going.

It’s a good book. Go read it.


Leaving Cert Eve

In approximately twelve hours time, I will be sitting at a desk in my school hall, receiving the 2010 English Paper 1. The first of the most difficult set of exams of one’s life. Although one notoriously can’t prep for English 1, I banged out two hours this evening of Functional Writing, the correct use of dialogue and the features of persuasive of writing. And planned a convoluted short story that is nothing like the Notebook (anymore) thanks to an inspirational and jealousy filled (on my behalf) conversation about the story writing process with the boy.

I am rationalising blogging as practice for: possible diary entries, persuasive writing, reading, and my paper in general. Mmmm rationalising 😀

My coping mechanisms for tomorrow? I slept from about 3:00 til 5:30 and once that was over, decided to take everything edible in my eyeline and nomnomnomnomnom.

600 points? So not happening. But medicine? Here’s hoping.


Review: Dorian Gray

Meg had a tough day today. Between yelling and laughing and potential death, she revealed how excited she gets to read my blog. So this is in honour of you 🙂

As I constantly proclaim to anyone who will listen, The Picture of Dorian Gray by the legendary Oscar Wilde is the greatest book on the face of this green earth. Ever. I got into Oscar Wilde back in TY, when faced with the excruciating task of an Irish History Project, I somehow convinced my teacher that the author of The Happy Prince (the only Wilde literature I had read at the time) was worthy of the same report based treatment as the famine and Countess Markievicz. It was when I was researching for this, that I came across the beautiful quote “All art is completely useless.” I had fallen in love. And thus an obsession was born.

Two years after this momentous occasion, Clodagh, Meg and I ambled along to the Oniplex to see what Hollywood had done to this masterpiece.

***I’ll try keep the spoilers to a minimum but I can’t guarantee*** (Either way, go read the book. Now.)

The Good: First off, great cinematography. In the same way the book was beautiful to read, the film delivered a perfect and appropriate portrayal of the era with wonderful imagery. Oh God, I sound like an English essay. Moving on. The movie retained all those classic Wilde quotes, mainly from Lord Harry Wotton (Colin Firth – oh yes, we like him 🙂 ) Another thing, which I’m not quite sure I liked, but I think I did, was the way the implications of the book were drawn out and built upon but not changed completely. It made the movie easier to follow and the implications of the characters all that greater.

The Bad: They changed the ending ever so slightly. And that got to me. Just because I’m a book snob. I suppose it can’t be helped, Hollywood needs some leeway. And it was still good. Just not the same. Also, Harry had a daughter. Not a bad thing, just saying. The other thing was the sheer amount of sex. A little bit I’ll get over – but there was SO very much. At least it was tasteful and I didn’t have to see anybody’s areas. Shudder at the thought. Also why did he come onto that old lady??? I know it was a bet – but major vom.

The only thing that really really got my goat (yeah I said it) was the painting snarling. That couldn’t happen in real life! And I’m aware technically none of it could happen in real life. But still, ugh.

The Verdict: I really did love it. Well worth the nine euro and I will be forcing everyone around me to see within the next week. Also read the book, read the book, read the book. If I can’t subliminally message, I’ll just nag til you do it.