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Well, this year has been quite a year for me in terms of my running. I started 2018 coming off of rehabbing a broken ankle, setting a goal of running 1000 miles and competing in a few races. In many ways I far exceeded my modest goals and in other ways I didn’t. All in all it was a positive year for me. The breakdown:

  • 901 miles run. My goal was 1000 miles, but a broken elbow late this year slowed me down a bit. 
  • Completed my 12th Half Marathon
  • Ran an under 2 hour half marathon
  • Ran my first 30k Trail Run
  • Ran an 18 Mile Trail Run
  • Found a running group (or rather they found me?). Either way this has been the singular most positive aspect of this year in terms of running. The folks in this group are people I now call friends as we have connected on much more than our mile splits and tight hamstrings.

Goals for 2019 so far include:

  • Run 1000 miles
  • Run a 50k Trail Run
  • Possibly (finally) run a marathon
  • Begin more cross-training activities (Yoga and modest weight training)
  • Volunteer to officiate at local & state track and field events (I’m currently on the Oregon Track Club’s discus crew)
  • Learn more about what makes me be a successful distance runner honing my nutrition and hydration needs along with other aspects.

Books on running that I read this past year:

Onwards into 2019!

This quote from Sean Michael Morris is resonating with me today: 

But maybe instead we should tip large. And give A’s. Believe reasons for missing a deadline. Refuse to get to know students through the window of a rubric. We are not dealing with students, but people with dreams, people who will fail and people who will succeed, people who may end up alone and people whose high point of the day may be a conversation with us. Being kind may seem counterintuitive to the academic ethos—especially when being kind can sometimes mean being wrong—but we owe it to ourselves to think outside our setting, to see past the artificial boundaries of generation, expertise, and authority. And while we’re at it: race, gender, sexuality, religion.