Staying on Track

WILL I KEEP UP MY RUNNING DURING THE HOLIDAYS? YOU BET. Not only do I have 44 miles left to get to 1,000 by year’s end, I have 2012 goals that I need to stay in shape for. And my local running group doesn’t like to break routine, either. At last Saturday’s run I asked Coach Marie if there would be a run the following Saturday (the 24th). Initially she said no, but back at the store she asked who would be up for a Christmas Eve morning run, and at least half of us raised our hands. So it looks like we’ll have one, probably short (6 miles or so) and just for fun.

I will also continue my tradition of running on Christmas morning, just 3 miles or so around the neighborhood. It’s unusually quiet and peaceful; with no cars on the road and no one else out running or walking, it’s like I have the world to myself for half an hour. Maybe this year, though, I can talk one or both of my daughters into joining me out there. New Year’s Eve I have my choice of an 8K run in Flint, or a special class at the Genyokan Dojo that starts at 11 p.m. and carries over into the New Year. Or both. Most likely, I will do another short neighborhood run and join close friends for our traditional year-end party.

Finally, I have to plug our local lululemon store. After Saturday’s run, they gave everyone a free pair of socks (something I can always use). Not that I’m ready to buy a $90 pair of pants in return, but it was very nice of them.

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P.S. Tuesday the 20th was my father’s birthday. He would have been 80 years old. Rest in peace, Dad. You are greatly missed.

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6 responses to “Staying on Track

  1. Good job, Jeff! I was hoping to get to 100 mountains climbed by the end of this year, but I don’t think that I will make it, since the last 2 weekends were failures due to climbing partner’s injuries. . .

  2. Jumping off of a cliff vs raising teen aged daughters (I have 2 daughters myself)… I think certain parallels could be drawn.

  3. 1000 miles is impressive, but check out what these guys do:
    http://cookdingskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/10/1000-day-challenge.html

    Having read that, I am an amoeba.

    My own late father would be 100 on his next birthday!

    • We may be amoebas, but if we sprain an ankle on a trail run we don’t have to jump off the nearest cliff. And I wonder how many of those 46 finishers ever had to raise teenage daughters. Think any of them would trade challenges?

  4. Now that’s great dedication, keep up the good work

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