The year is halfway over!
I’ve done a good job with many of my 2014 “resolutions” (eatin’ less meat, writing more often, and reading tons o’ books), but unfortunately I’ve fallen dramatically behind on my running goals (~100 miles behind!). After two months of consistently running three times a week, my knee started feeling a little twingey, and it got a bit too easy to skip out on a run. Womp. I have been feeling better recently, and although I did run significantly further/more often in June (compared to May), my initial goal of 544 miles in 2014 is probably (realistically) out of reach. But that’s okay. I’ve certainly run more than I did last year, and I (almost always) enjoy it, so I’ll keep at it. I think my new goal will be to run at least as far in the second half of this year as I did in the first, which makes my new target… 336 miles! That’ll only get me from Oberlin to Alfred back to Salamanca, but it’ll still be more than three times as far as I ran in 2013.
I’m about to cross Chautauqua Lake! This was ~my favorite part of the drive between Oberlin & Alfred.
In other running news, Stephanie and I recently signed up to participate in the Refuse to Abuse 5K race at Safeco Field. This event raises money for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (a wonderful, thoughtful organization). We participated last year, too, and it was a lot of fun. The course loops around the outside of the stadium, goes up and down some of the ramps and along the concourses inside Safeco, and then finally circles the warning track (on the field!) to finish near third base. My finishing time last year was 25 minutes + 24 seconds. Unless it’s crazy hot/crowded, I should definitely be able to shave at least a minute off of my time this year. I guess I’ll say that my goal is to break 24 minutes, but when I set running goals for myself they don’t really seem to pan out… we’ll see!
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Miles run in 2014: 167.9
Books read in 2014: 43