I broke the blog streak, but I found a new challenge!

I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but I didn’t post anything yesterday, breaking my blogging-every-day-in-November streak. Oh well. I was not likely to write enough tonight to schedule posts to get me through the weekend anyway. And really, I was much more invested in the running #beaststreak anyway.

I posted the other day about not being sure what I’d do when November ends and my daily running ends. I’m still trying to figure out how to keep myself motivated to exercise as consistently, but I do have a new challenge to take on. Once again, Solana has come up with a challenge to keep us on our toes, and I’m game to play along.

The idea is 24 Days of Christmas Karma: twenty-four things to do in December. Some of them are active (snowshoeing, yoga, two runs in one day), some of them are about giving (bake cookies and drop them off at a senior’s centre, make a donation, babysit for a friend for free) and some of them are just nice things to do (read a book, go a day without texting). They don’t have to be in any particular order, and you don’t necessarily have to do one a day. I’m going to paste the whole list here for reference.

  1. Snowshoeing (if you don’t happen to live in a place where that’s possible, go for a run in the sand)
  2. Buy lunch for a friend, co-worker, family member
  3. Bake cookies (or buy a box of donuts if you are baking stupid), and randomly drop them off at a seniors centre.
  4. Go for a run without a watch, cellphone, music, no technology whatsoever!
  5. Give a minimum of 10 hugs in 1 day.
  6. Don’t text for an entire day.  If you want to say something, pick up a phone, and phone your friend.
  7. Do a double run day – one in the am, one in the pm. (hint – doesn’t matter how long each run is!)
  8. Make a Christmas ornament – you choose whether to keep it or give it away.
  9. Give the gift of a race registration for you and a friend to do together.  (there’s tons of inexpensive races out there)
  10. Climb the BCMC or if you don’t live local, find the tallest building you can, and climb up, up, up, a total of at least 45 minutes of climbing (take the elevator down in-between)
  11. Donate something.  A coat, some canned goods, your choice, just make a donation.
  12. Ask a friend or random you don’t normally run with to take you on their favorite route.
  13. Offer to baby-sit, or dog-sit, or dog walk, completely for free – friend or random!  Well, maybe not a totally random baby…
  14. Write a letter, postcard, and send it real mail, to whomever you choose.  (Preferably me!)
  15. Read 1 book in December (hint : it doesn’t matter how long it is)
  16. Ice skating!  (or rollerblading for anyone without ice arenas…) **hint you could offer to take friend’s kids ice skating and knock off this and babysitting at the same time!!
  17. Yoga.  At least 1 practice.  In a studio, at home, doesn’t matter.
  18. Volunteer.  Your choice where, when, how.
  19. The age old pay it forward – in a drive thru, or in a coffee shop, just make it happen.
  20. Reconnect with someone you’ve been meaning to.
  21. Try a food you haven’t tried before – can be a new restaurant style, or a vegetable you’ve never cooked – be creative!
  22. Go for a run and say “Hello” and “Merry Christmas” to everyone you see.  Bonus points if you sing a carol too.
  23. Eat vegetarian and no processed foods for one day.  You must make everything that goes into your mouth.
  24. Take a family member for tea, preferably an older member of your family that you don’t get to see very often one on one.

Some will be easy to fit in, and others will require some scheduling. But it will be fun to see how it all plays out and even more fun to hear about all of the other things other participants are getting up to. It will even inspire me to keep blogging, because I’ll have something to write about regularly! (I wonder what the hashtag will be.)

Okay, on that note, I should be off to sleep because my (b)ride is picking me up in less than 7 hours for our Vegas adventure! I will spend the plane ride deciding which of these activities I will accomplish on December 1, when we’re travelling home from Vegas. (Last resort will be the minimum 10 hugs in one day, but I feel like I should start stronger.)

November 26

Blog post: Nope. Blog fail.
Run: a beautiful 5k at lunch

November 27

Blog post: Doesn’t get any better than this.
Run: First week of hills! 3x up Pipeline Rd, plus to and from, for 4.8 km


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