Nurse Angry is back on the reading track after a long break during parental leave with the sleep problems that followed. She would now like to recommend Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. You do NOT have to be interested in running to like this book as it is more about human nature than anything else. It is full of anecdotes and facts about long distance running that you didn’t know you wanted to know. Introducing the Tarahumara indians of Mexico, the world’s greatest distance runners. They run in sandals. In the Copper Canyons, a truly fascinating place on Earth that you will never visit if you have any common sense. Nurse Angry hastens to add that she has not yet finished the book, but at the halfway mark she is so entertained that even if the second half is crap  it would still have been worth reading. Nurse Angry does not find it to be  a major literary achievement but a genuinely fun book.

So why is this a grudging recommendation?

Did you see The Devil Wears Prada? Like it? Nurse Angry did. But it had the unfortunate effect of making Nurse Angry feel like life was a cocktail party to which she was wearing frayed cutoff jeans with a hole in the butt and an oversized t-shirt.

Born to Run is currently making Nurse Angry feel very, very lazy indeed. What is wrong with her that she does not run ultramarathons in her bare feet? She enjoyed jogging lazily through the 80s and 90s until a knee problem led her to first do nothing, then to start at Friskis&Svettis (which is a whole other story). Nurse Angry started running again a few years ago, but does not even like it all that much these days. As the parent of a small child it’s the ONLY way to get exercise on many days. Jog home from work. Get from A to B and sweat a little. Period.  Nurse Angry has however noticed that she is a better jogger these days. And the other day she saw an older woman ahead of her who was running quite well. Nurse Angry decided to catch up and run past her. At the same time, she noticed that she probably could run at that faster speed for quite a long time. If she wasn’t so lazy, that is.

According to the back cover the author finds his own inner ultra-athlete. Nurse Angry is hopeful.

And if the book makes you feel as lazy as Nurse Angry, you can always go to see Lars von Trier’s latest film Melancholia. Guaranteed to make you feel it’s great just to be alive!

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