Just signed up for the GW Parkway Classic

As a follow-up to my ‘pre-New Year’s rededication‘ I just signed up for the George Washington Parkway Classic, one of my favorite races in the DC area.

Nothing keeps you focused on training like sunk money, and a return to the site of my PR at the distance doesn’t hurt either!

parkway-classicHeld on April 23, it’s a straight-line 10-miler, starting at the historic Mt. Vernon Estates, home of George Washington, and finishing in Old Town Alexandria.  The route runs right along the shores of the Potomac River, and it’s an early-morning race, so it’s a particularly beautiful route. Continue reading “Just signed up for the GW Parkway Classic”

Preemptive gym stop

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends, and Happy Thursday to everyone else!

Nothing big this morning, other than following through on my “pre-New Year’s rededication!”

Walking into the gym at 10:15, I was far from alone!

A short but intense half hour on the elliptical, followed by two fast miles on the treadmill.


That should effectively wipe out any guilt over consuming mass quantities in a couple of hours!img_1424-1

A pre-New Year’s rededication

…with all due respect to Long Limbs Lenore (of Forrest Gump fame), I don’t believe in New Year’s Eve, as far as it being a chance at renewal.  We have that chance each and every day, and all we have to do is step across the line and get moving.

Why do we make New Year’s resolutions?  They’re really kind of silly, when you get down to it.

“Don’t you just love New Year’s?  Everybody gets a second chance!”

We look back on a year coming to its close, focus on those things we didn’t do, or didn’t do well enough, and resolve to fix them.  We focus on the negative, with the intent of fixing it, and because a new year is dawning, we rally around the symbol of renewal to start over.  We focus on things we’ve neglected, and out of guilt, shame, or whatever reason we choose, WE RESOLVE to do whatever it is that we should have been doing all along. Continue reading “A pre-New Year’s rededication”