Stop taking pictures so I can sleep in peace, devil woman!
Thank you for all of your comments on my first trail race! There really is something about running in the woods. I definitely recommend trail running! You do have to be on higher alert when running in the woods- constantly looking ahead of you to make sure you don’t trip over a rock, branch,
your own two feet, piles of leaves and the like. Over the summer I ran a few times on a trail near my house. I created two rules for myself when running on the trail: 1) Never wear headphones and 2) Carry mace pepper spray. Admittedly, I didn’t follow my second rule all the time because I didn’t have pepper spray until I purchased it at the end of summer, but no matter. When running on the trails, you are typically alone and surrounded by only nature. I think it is important to be on alert in case any creepers are out there looking to cause harm to someone- hence the pepper spray and lack of headphones. Do you have any safety rules that you follow while running? If so, please share! 🙂
Ah, so October is gone and we have two months left in the year. Hello, November! 😀 I am typically not one to wish life away but with this deployment I am counting down the days/months gleefully. Since it is the beginning of a new month and racing season is over, I’ve established some new goals that I would like to accomplish:
- Finish our wedding thank you cards. I wanted to have this done by the six month mark. I still have 25 to go. I NEED to get this done before Christmas cards start going out.
- Change over last name on passport/social security card. I avoided having to get the title to my car changed by purchasing a new car. Kidding, kidding 😀 That was a convenient side effect though. I need to have my passport changed (it is 110 dollars to change it, dang son!) and my social and then I’ll be Katie H on everything!
- Organize closet. I’ve been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubing and in the first chapter she discusses how organizing her closet helped organize her mind. I totally need to ruthlessly go through and edit my wardrobe.
- Go Green. I’ll discuss below.
- Conquer tofu. I would like to learn how to cook tofu at home. I am very intimidated by it. Namely because a lot of draining is involved and I don’t know if I will do it right. Since I am not eating as much meat and love tofu, I need to conquer cooking it! Any tofu recipes to share?
- Attend hot yoga a minimum of four times a week. Ideally I would like to go 5-6 times a week, but I am traveling a lot of the weekends this month. If I’m not home, I can’t attend the classes. I am very excited to focus on my yoga practice in these winter months.
- Maintain a base mileage of 10 miles/week. Obviously I’m not running as much as I was during training, but I’d still like to maintain some sort of base. This way, when I start training next year I will have something to work off of!
Do you have any goals for the month of November?
So, one of the goals I mentioned was going green. My friend and fellow blogger Jen started a really neat challenge last month:
The Green challenge! I wanted to join last month and then saw what the challenge was- only drinking local wine and beer. Mmm, I definitely couldn’t adhere to that- I love wine too much. New York state does have some good wines but they just don’t compare to my Italian chiantis or my Argentinian malbecs. The thing about Jen’s challenge that I really respect and appreciate is that the challenges actually present a challenge– I am betting it is damn hard for her to only drink locally. Anyway, this month’s challenge is right up my alley- limiting/reducing plastic use. Check out her post for more information, but the basic tenets are this: eliminating waste when dining out (unless you can recycle it), no plastic water bottles, only using to-go cups with coffee/tea (this will definitely be a challenge), no plastic grocery bags, etc. The challenge lasts for a year. I am really excited to be on board! Do you have any tips or tricks on how to reduce plastic use?
Thanks for reading and have a good one, friends!