Friday, July 24, 2009

What's cooking?

I thought this story was a nice follow-along from Michelle Theall's mother's worries...Robin (not her real name, and for future reference, unless a woman I interview is at least a quasi-public figure, I let them enjoy their privacy), a former private client broker on Wall Street, and then a gallery owner, has run since childhood. Her favourite time is 5:30 a.m., when the reservoir in Central Park looks like a Frederick Church painting as the sun is coming up, an incentive to set the alarm. To some, notwithstanding Frederick Church, that might sound like a wee bit early and a mite obsessive. But as Robin says, running looks obsessive to other people, because you stick to it and get out there. When she was pregnant with her first child, some busy body spotted her out for a run one day and thought it a good idea to warn her that she was “cooking her baby.” Well, I guess the good news is that her ovaries hadn’t fallen out, as Michelle Theall’s mother had warned. The other good news is that her (apparently un-cooked) daughter has a great role model for strength and discipline. Whether she’ll listen to her mother is a whole other story, of course.