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#814: Run 1000 miles

A milestone for any runner, getting to this number means a lot to me specifically, particularly right now.

After struggling through every step since March due to the illness I had but never really got rid of, reaching 1000 miles seemed out of reach even 2 months ago.

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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Sports


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#704: Run 500 miles

…not all at once.  That would be crazy.  (Of course there are some–including a-year-ago-me–who would say running even 5 miles sounds crazy.)

I’m mostly just posting about this milestone because ever since I reached 400 miles on my Nike app, I’ve been waiting for 500 so I could sing to myself, “And I would run 500 miles, and I would run 500 more.”  But The Proclaimers aside, it’s also pretty cool to think that in a year I’ve gone from thinking 5 miles was insane to insanely preparing for half marathons.

I’m proud of myself.  And if I were to have posted on Facebook about this accomplishment yesterday, I’m sure the post would have gotten at least 5 likes.  But the post from my friend (and, coincidentally, race buddy) proclaiming he was now in a relationship got over 100.  Also, tons of comments expressing congratulations.

Which made me think about what’s really important in life.

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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Sports


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#616: Take prescription pain medication

So apparently, if you arrive at the gate for a flight less than 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time, the airline can give away your seat.

I fly at least 5 times a year, so I thought I knew all of the rules–both silly and reasonable ones–of the airport.  So when I noticed the woman checking IDs at security was taking forever, I kept a close watch on the clock.  “As long as I get through security with 15 minutes before the flight, I can still make it, since they close the gate 10 minutes beforehand,” I kept telling myself.

Which would have been true if my last name were Rodriguez, since while I was standing at the gate arguing with the worker that I arrived in time, a man with that last name walked up and boarded the plane because they hadn’t given away his seat.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Travel


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#599: Run while sick

Sometimes I do things just to see what will happen.  Like when I quit my job without another job lined up a few years ago–I wanted to see if I would fumble into ruin or fly into glory.  What actually happened was less dramatic than either of those outcomes, which I should have guessed, but I had to try it just to see.

So when I had a terrible cold yesterday–we’re talking the struggling to breathe, unable to sleep because your nose is running constantly, sneezing with a violence you didn’t know you were capable of, and working from home because you don’t want to inflict your disgustingness on the unassuming public type of cold, which many with a better-working immune system than mine would call terribly sick–my instinct was not to run. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Sports


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#594: Run home from work

Now that I’m officially training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon, I’m starting to get worried.  It’s easy to tell yourself you’re going to do something.  It’s not much of a stretch to make a plan to do it.  But then actually doing it?

That’s scary.

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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Sports


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