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All packed and ready to go –

Today Nora and I head out to the Jefferson Wilderness Area for two nights. This is her first backpacking trip and something I’ve been looking forward to since last May. Good times . . . . !

I went back to see my PT yesterday for a check-up on my ankle (which I broke last May). The ankle is doing well overall and he did a “gait analysis” on my running form while I was there. I’ve got some work to do on my form which will help with my pace as well as how I feel during and after my runs. I know that body work people have known this for a long time, but I feel as if this is a whole new discovery for me as I learn about how my body moves in space. There are default movements that I’ve done for years that are not optimal and will take work to change, but I’m certainly up for it.

Onwards - 

This snap was taken by one of my student employees on his recent climb of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, at 11,250 ft (3,429 Metres). Lovely view of a sunset shadow.


This is a video in which Mr. Kipchoge talks about his upbringing in Kenya and his attempt to break the two hour barrier in the marathon, which he almost did last May. It’s worth watching I think (turn on Close Captioning, but listen too, as his accent makes some of the captions that are produced inaccurate).

Three important items from his talk:

1. Stick to your priorities

2. No excuses

3. Learn to say “No.”

Finally, he argues that discipline is like a muscle – the more it gets put into use, the stronger it becomes.