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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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My race bucket list for 2014

It took me a while to think of something to write about tonight (I was so close to just ranting about tights/pantyhose for a few hundred words), so I think today is officially the first day that the daily blog post has been harder than the daily run. Actually, today’s run was pretty fabulous, so I think I was probably always doomed.

It was stunningly beautiful today when I went out for my run at lunchtime. Cold though. And windy!

I’ve been thinking forward to 2014 and some of the races I would like to run. This is a wish list, not a plan – I haven’t thought it through that well yet. At some point I’ll have to think more critically about how these will fit into my life and my running schedule, but for now, here’s a list.

February 16 – First Half Half Marathon (already registered)

This is my focus through the winter. I’m four weeks into a clinic and I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to train strong the whole way through and shave a few minutes off my previous best half time (1:56:12). I’ve heard nothing but good things about this race, so I’m really looking forward to it. 

March 15 – St Patrick’s Day 5k (for sure)

I’ve had so much fun at this run the last two years, so I will definitely be back next year. Running, friends, costumes, good food, and then beer? Amazing!

April 6 – Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run Half Marathon (I deferred my registration from last year)

I love the Sunshine Coast and I was really looking forward to running this race last year, until I got sick and had to take three weeks off running in March. I’m glad I was able to defer my registration (thank goodness for small races) so I’m looking forward to trying again this year!

April 13 – Whidbey Island Half Marathon

I’m not sure I’ll be able to do this and the Fool’s Run on back-to-back weekends, especially since they would both involve spending a night away from home, but I would love to. I have a friend who lives nearby, so I’m actually hoping to get a group of friends together for this race (probably running a variety of 5k, 10k and the half). 

April 27 – Vancouver Sun Run (it’s inevitable)

The Sun Run has just sort of become a given for me. It’s big, it’s crowded, it’s exciting, and so many people I know are there every year. Also, I haven’t run a lot of 10ks, so there’s still a fair amount of room for improvement.

May 4 – BMO Vancouver Half Marathon 

After being away for the last two years, I really hope 2014 is the year I finally get to run the BMO half! (But I’m not registering until closer to the event, because I’m tired of registering for things and then not being able to run them.) 

June 22 – Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

I love this race, but I’m not married to it for this year. Perhaps the Seattle Rock’n’Roll half that weekend instead??

October 12 – Victoria Marathon

Like… the marathon. I think. I really want to. And I think I can make it work??

October 26 – Inaugural Rock’n’Roll Vancouver Half Marathon (already registered)

I was drawn in by the very tempting $65 (+ ridiculous $8 surcharge) early registration, so I’m ready to go!

Others
  • More fun 5ks
  • A few 8ks hopefully – I love that distance.
  • A destination race of some kind! Not as far as Ireland, and it likely won’t be a Disney run (I’m saving myself for a Coast-to-Coast in 2015) (but don’t tempt me), but I think I should go somewhere. Las Vegas Rock’n’Roll? Something in California? Who knows! 

What have you got planned for 2014? (Can I tag along?) Any other suggestions of races I should add to my list?

November 18

Blog post: It wasn’t great, but I wrote it.
Run: 3k around the neighbourhood in the evening

November 19

Blog post: Thank goodness it isn’t about tights.
Run: A lovely 5k run at lunch. 1k warmup and then 4k tempo run, too fast.

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And so it begins…

Happy November! Welcome to my new location on the interwebz, which I’m quite enjoying, and hopefully all 3.4 of my readers will too!

I thought to kick off my PeBloWriMo adventure of blogging daily for the month of November, I  would give you (but mostly me) an idea of what I’m going to write about this month.

Catching up!

Since my last post in June, I have run three half marathons, two 10ks, one 8k, two 5ks and my very first 8k trail run! I’m hoping I can still dredge up enough details from the old memory bank to write some late race recaps, especially for the Disneyland and Dublin Rock’n’Roll halfs. Partly because I’d love to share those stories, and partly because I love being able to look back myself.

Disneyland Half Marathon 2013

Disneyland Half Marathon Bling

 

What’s next?

As we get close to the end of 2013, I’m thinking ahead to 2014 and making some goals. I’ve already registered for my first race and just started the clinic that will hopefully get me ready to crush it.  Taking the time this month to think about my goals and write about them will (hopefully) make them even more achievable.

Other stuff

If I’m going to devote time to writing this month, I’d love to write some longer, thoughtful posts about…well I haven’t totally got that far yet. Mostly running, probably. I want to write about why I run. I want to talk about the experiences I’ve had sharing running with friends (and strangers!). I want to  write about the things I struggle with and use it to make me stronger. I kind of just want to write. I miss writing. Somehow technical memos and design calculation notes just don’t satisfy my urge to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be).

Suggestions?

Got a topic you’d like to see me tackle? Want to hear more about something I’ve mentioned? Have one of those quiz things that used to be all the rage back when I was on livejournal? (Oh man, livejournal…) Let me know, I’ll probably try it! (I’m really not convinced yet that I have 30 days of material in this here head of mine.)

 

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