Sunday, January 25, 2015

Back to Reality

The Star Wars Half Marathon was, as expected, a lot of fun. I managed to shave 20 minutes off my previous time, finishing in 3:16. I also recovered much faster than expected with zero pain within three days of the race. So now I'm psyched to keep up training and do more races.  Despite needing to be at work early a couple days this week, I still managed to get into the gym which is an improvement over the past few months.  I've also made a point of avoiding junk food at work and that has worked well. Next up: tweaking my other habits!

Here are some fun pics from race weekend....

Sunday, January 11, 2015

One Week to Go

The 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon kicked off before dawn this morning. In a week I'll waddle off in the inaugural Disney StarWars Half Marathon.

It's a new course for me, but I'm confident it'll be fun. Afterall, it's a RunDisney race.  I'm also looking forward to seeing Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Starting A New Year

I had a reasonably good year last year, though lost track of several goals through the year.  I've kept up reading on my Kindle, despite published research indicating that reading via lighted Kindle at night ruins one's sleep and health.  Most recently I have been reading Reamde by Neal Stephenson. In audiobooks, I've been listening to Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

My exercise habits became rather sporadic toward the end of the year, largely the result of travel, frustration, injury, and a general lack of results. Of course, slacking off on exercise only makes the lack of results worse.  I seem to have mostly overcome the hip flexor issues I had off and on throughout the year.

Here's hoping for a more consistent and rewarding new year.

I'll close with the 2015 New Year's Wish from Neil Gaiman:

Be kind to yourself in the year ahead. 

Remember to forgive yourself, and to forgive others. It's too easy to be outraged these days, so much harder to change things, to reach out, to understand.

Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin.

Meet new people and talk to them. Make new things and show them to people who might enjoy them. 

Hug too much. Smile too much. And, when you can, love.