Progress is Inevitable

This morning at the cafe I was writing about yesterday’s triumphant running experience which, to summarize, was my third time running 20 miles, yet my first truly satisfying 20-mile running experience. As I sat there writing, the following thought occurred to me: You are seeing the inescapable fact of progress towards what matters to you when you have a desire and have no real resistance. Progress is inevitable! The value of this thought was immediately clear to me. Let me explain. Last year, I set my sights on running 20…

Third Time’s a Charm

So today I completed my 3rd 20-mile run :). As happened with running half-marathons, the third time proved to be the charm! First of all, I was faster than ever. In fact, I ran 35 seconds per mile faster than last time. Secondly, I felt pretty good for the entire run, whereas on my previous two 20-milers, I was getting really tired by the last five or six miles. Lastly, as I type this in the evening, I feel satisfied with the experience, as well as physical good. Always a…

One Must Be Prepared for Long Runs

My running plan this year included running my first 20-miler. Tomorrow I am going to run my third so far 🙂 I wrote about my first 20-miler back in June. That run was a slog, despite the fact that I was excellently prepared: I had run 14-, 16-, and 18-miles respectively in the weeks prior to it. Also, I had fueled up beforehand, waking up early in the morning to drink a smoothie, and I brought water and plenty of gel-like consumables for quick energy during the trip. All this…

New-and-Improved, Pandemic-Era Running Regime (October Update)

Earlier this month I wrote about how I was running more often these days. That trend has continued. In fact, this month I ran 23 out of 31 days, something I have not done for years, if ever. In the process, I actually ran more miles than I ever have in a month, to my knowledge: 135 🙂 Here’s how October stacks up with the previous three months: Month Total # Runs # Consecutive Running Days Range of Distances Total Miles Run Oct 23 14 2 to 10 1/3 miles…

“The Trusty Jog” (Ode to Running)

A few days ago I blogged about how much I am appreciating my runs these days as a mental uplifter to set me up with a good day. Tonight I got poetic on the subject 🙂 “The Trusty Jog” I got caught up in a murky thought But that’s okay, I’m not distraught It’s a strange mood, but I know it’ll end, I’ll wait it out, time is my friend A night’s rest will do me good, Then a morning run through the neighborhood While the cool air is still…

Just Another Mellow Pleasing Day

Today was a pleasant balance of free-time and structured time, me-time and time shared with others. All in all, it had several elements of my ideal Saturday 🙂 Allow me to enumerate: 6am: up and at ’em while still dark out (see featured image above), 10 mile run along the American River Parkway. Bee-you-tee-ful sky, and enjoying the cool fall air. While I ran, I appreciated the well-being of our cat Leeloo. 8am: Delicious post-run breakfast, then time spent creating my latest monthly update of our financial progress. 10:30am: Enjoyed…

My New-and-Improved, Pandemic-Era Running Regime

I had two primary running goals coming into 2020: first, to run over 1000 miles for the year, as I did last year; second, to run a 20-miler. I’m within 30 miles of achieving the first goal, with over 2 1/2 months to go, and I ran 20 miles for the first time back in June. In fact, I followed up with second 20-miler in August. With my running goals completed or well under way, I guess I was ready for something different. Also, I started to notice something: with…

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Good Hobby

Recently, I was running with my buddy Dave–for the first time in three months, because of the Quarantine–and we were talking about our hobbies. He told me he recently started building and flying model airplanes, something he had wanted to do since childhood. I agreed that having good hobbies adds a lot to one’s life, that I appreciated hobbies more than ever. In fact, during the course of that conversation–as we ran–I got in touch with just how much the Hobby is a part of my life. For one, many…

The Benefits of Real Life Interaction

Today I went in for Jury Duty. I got myself all ready for it: I ran yesterday so I didn’t have to run today. I got up bright and early. I made myself a lunch. I brought a good book. I even had my wife cut my hair for the occasion (!), and I made sure to leave the house with plenty of time to walk downtown to get there by 8am. It’s not that I was overjoyed, per se, to go to jury duty, but I was actually sort…

The Life-Changing Power of Decision

Back at the beginning of 2008 I made a decision to exercise 5 days a week for at least 25 minutes. Before I made this decision, I was a some-of-the-time athlete. I wasn’t consistent. After I made the new decision, exercise–primarily running–became a permanent fixture of my routine. My decision proved to be the game changer: exercise was no longer something I thought I should do more and had to force myself to do… it was who I was. In thinking about how we develop positive habits, it seems to…