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March’s Goals

So March…

February was another “stellar” month.  Shorter but no less exciting.  Completed:

  • Read 10 books.
  • Travel cross county (Day Zero Goal).
  • Visit California (Day Zero Goal).
  • Read 200 books (Day Zero Goal).

Awesome things happened last month though, and then some not so awesome things happened that are the reason my day is shaky.  However, moving past it and knocking things off my bucket list that I need to get done since it’s the first of the month.  Already posted my vlogs (March TBR and February Wrap-up) this morning before work.

Goals check-in:

  • Miles reached for Walk to Mordor: 1,293.7.  15.3 miles to Rauros!
  • Weight: 247.4 (down 5.2 lbs)
  • Books read: 14 books.
  • Blog Posts: 3
  • Vlog Posts: 4

March goals:

  • Reach 250+ miles.
  • Get under 245.
  • 10 blog posts.
  • 10 books.
  • 10 vlogs.
  • Start 1000 piece puzzle.
  • Edit my NaNoWriMo book.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Visit California’s North Coast (Eureka, CA).
  • Complete HRC’s Nargle 9k.
  • Complete a 24 in 48 hour readathon.
  • No fast food for the month.
  • Complete HRC’s DA 5k.

There are a few other things I’ll be adding to the list as completed this month that I don’t want to add here because I don’t know if I’ll actually do them.  *fingers crossed on them*

Happy Thursday!

Listening to:  Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Reading: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Quote of the Day:  “Some people may have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. They achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly, by ‘doing what comes naturally’; and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.” ― John William Gardner

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November’s Goals

Happy All Soul’s Day!

Today, for some of us, is the start of a new year.  For others, it’s just another day closer to the holiday season.  For some of us still, today starts National Novel Writer’s Month, of which I am participating in.  I’m also in the camp that uses today as the start to a new year, a new beginning and the opportunity to let go of everything negative that has happened in the last 10 months and start over.

Last month, yesterday especially, I have been very negative.  I didn’t even do October goals last month because I was just not with it.  Today, I am with it because, like I said, I am choosing to let go of everything negative and focus my energies on something else.  Negative things will happen, but today is mine.

Enough rambling.

The Day Zero Goals I completed last month were:

  • Disney’s Food and Wine Festival. Ray and I went at the beginning of October.  We made it all the way around and I was mostly sober.  I was walking back to where she was sitting one time with plates from two countries.  If you have ever been able to go on vacation with the person you are spending the rest of your life with, you’ll understand the feeling you get when you turn the corner and they are looking at you with love in their eyes, even when what you are doing isn’t something they would have done themselves.  Best feeling in the world.  Also, FB showed pictures from three years ago this week, from the last time I went.  I look so different from those pictures.
  • Read 100 books. I actually started this up again since I’m at 110 books right now with two more I’m currently reading.

Non-Day Zero things from last month:

  • Miles reached: 924.97.  384.03 miles to Rauros!
  • Weight lost:  6.6
  • Books read:  13
  • Blog Posts: 3
  • Vlog Posts:  10
  • Complete King Crab Challenge on 10/21/17

November’s goals are fairly straight forward:  lots of writing, vlog, reading, and working (mostly in that order).

That seems like a lot, and honestly, it is.  But there isn’t anything on here that I would take off.  It’s all important to me so I’m going to do it.

Wish me luck!

Listening to:  Staind via Amazon Music

Reading:  Winter by Marissa Meyer and Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

Quote of the Day:  “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit.  Most men succeed because they are determined to.” – George Allen, Sr.

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Running

Saturday, I finished the Baltimore Running Festival with a half-marathon, which means that my race season is done for the year… almost.  Saturday was just finishing up all my non-virtual running/walking. Five medals, 36.2 miles, over 11 hours on race courses…  Holy crap is all I can say.

When I got in this morning and had started updating the Run the Year log and my Walk to Mordor Challenge, I am close to 900 miles.  So within the last 296 days, I have walked almost 900 miles.  As someone who was at 352 at the beginning of the year, as someone who had never done more than a 5k and who maybe averaged 500 miles walked in a year, to me, that is amazing.

Again, to me, this is awesome.

So what’s next?

October is the Time-Turner event with Hogwarts Running Club (HRC).  These are virtual races with each race being attached to different partners.  For example, one of the biggest races this year was an Unmasked 10 Miler and the partner was To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), which helps open the doors to talk about suicide.  Because I didn’t get the medals throughout the year, I have until December 31st to get the 71.8 intentional miles.  Thank goodness for a GPS watch.

Add these miles to the Idle Ironman Triathlon going on at the Y next month and another Racery event with HRC.

I think a friend used the word “masochist” when it comes to me trying to outdo myself.  Of course that was after my race when I was driving home, sore and barely able to walk much further than from the car to the house.  Although I guess I have to say he isn’t much off.  The more I do this year means the less (or more) I know I CAN do and that’s the reason for doing so much.

Two more months to go til 2018!

Listening to:  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Reading:  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite.  I’ve seen The Pillars of the Earth miniseries, but A Beautiful, Terrible Thing reads like something I could have easily written since I have been in similar situations.  It’s a great read though.

Quote of the Day:  “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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Teamwork…

…makes the dream work right?

Last week, I and the rest of the Hogwarts Running Club (HRC) participated in a dual House competition to bring in the most miles per House and per team.  My team and house won this past so we were celebrating even though we were sad to lose the dual spirit our houses had become.  We also shared new things to do as a house and hope we can provide some motivation for the other house.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan and you want to move around more, whether it’s biking, running, walking, or just more activity in general, then check out HRC.  For me, it’s a home away from home.  Along with pushing each other, we also support each other and share happiness, grief, triumphs, downfalls, victories, and just general things.

And it’s all for a really good cause.  HRC tracks miles using the Charity Miles application.  For every mile walked, ran, biked, hiked, or hacked, Charity Miles donates $0.25 to a charity of the person’s choosing.  There’s about 30 different charities to choose from too so whether you are into helping animals and wildlife or supporting research for cancer or just generally want to do something good, there is a charity out there that could use your help.

Along with Charity Miles, HRC hosts six virtual races and three Direct Impact initiatives each year.  If you want to know more about the HRC, what it does, and the people behind it, here are a few articles:

This year alone, I’m already over 146 Charity Miles so far.  I haven’t moved this much in a really long time so I couldn’t have asked for a better place to pick up the pace.

Oh, and for the record, I’m a Slytherin.

What Harry Potter house are you in?  How do you do #somuchgood?

Listening to: The Magicians S02E02

Reading:  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling.

Quote of the Day: “There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.” ― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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