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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!

The Worn Wear truck arrived at the University of Oregon today and it was fun to be there and watch them look over the used gear that people brought, providing repair services and offering suggestions. The brand was irrelevant and you could have one item repaired for free – a great deal. They are here for a sustainability conference being put on by the business college and from what I could tell their work today will be a hit. I had a new velcro set up installed on the sleeve of my rain jacket that I keep in my office. h/t to Patagonia for doing this. You can follow the Worn Wear Wagon as it makes its way around the country. If they stop nearby, take advantage! As the sticker says, “If it’s broke, fix it!”

 

Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Elusive FishBody of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Elusive Fish by Chris Dombrowski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a GREAT book – even if one is not into fly fishing or fishing at all. There’s a depth to the stories that are shared – an arc, if you will. I learned more about the Bahamas, bone-fish and the history of the place, the people who live there and make their livelihood guiding. In addition, Chris’s writing is dense – I often would find myself needing to take a break from reading to consider what it was he was getting at. There was beauty in the writing, as well.

Chris plays a little geographic travel with this as he will compare fly fish guiding in Montana, where he does this, to guiding in the Bahamas. He also attempts to touch on how very wealthy people buy land in order to preserve it and keep it from having resources exploited. It’s a mixed bag in a sense – in that if government won’t do it, then perhaps those with means can, will and should (?).

Near then end his writing goes deep with the ideas of presence, longevity, dreams, and what makes a life worthwhile. There’s an existential element to the book that captures more than one can see and/or experience.

His ability to convey the depth of the lives of the people in this book is exceptional. It doesn’t make me want to go there (to the Bahamas), but makes me want to be more present and aware of my current circumstances. Traveling there would be wonderful I imagine, but that’s not the point of this book. The point is presence, clarity and understanding. I highly recommend this book.

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