Introducing Run On

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Run On is our newest blog in the LA Observed family. Sara Catania, whose work I knew from the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and her occasional blog, emailed to suggest she chronicle her training regimen to run in next year's L.A. Marathon. The hook is that she is not a runner — "have never run an inch in my life (except under duress)" — and she's doing "this most insane thing" in part as an AIDS benefit. And for other reasons, as she writes in her first LAO post:

Having turned 40 this year it would be nice to have something to show for it. “I ran a marathon” works for me. I'm also pushing hard to finish a book, which has engendered in me a new respect for marathons of all sorts. One might argue that running a marathon is yet another distraction from completing that daunting task. But the idea is that I will tether my training to my book progress -- each week I will cover more ground in both realms.

I'm sure there will be many opportunities for conflict along the way. Already I'm annoyed that fully half of the money I'm raising goes to administrative costs (I learned this after asking lots of questions at an orientation meeting). And then there's the running shoes scam-- I've been scared by the AIDS marathon fundraising people into buying $120 running shoes because I was told that if I didn't my feet would really hurt. But I bought the shoes and in my pitiful first attempts to “run” my feet still hurt! Would they hurt that much more if the shoes cost $100? And even more if they cost $50?

Catania's book is a memoir-ish examination of urban renewal on Chicago’s South Side. She also teaches journalism at USC Annenberg and will, I'm certain, tell you more about her life as the weeks go on. Here's her bio.

Also new around LA Observed:

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  • In this siege of earthquake weather, Adrienne Crew asks: are you prepared?
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  • Denise Hamilton was thrilled to learn that some kind soul put a German production of "The Black Rider" on YouTube.

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