Today, thanks to my friend Mel, I was reminded of a very important run that takes place 1 week prior to the Goodlife Marathon in Toronto. This is a run that I have mentioned previously, and one that I had intended to run as part of my training for the full 42.2.
To which run am I referring? Only the Chocolate Racein Port Dalhousie. The idea: run 16.1 km (10 miles) while enjoying the deliciousness that is chocolate. To be honest, this sounds like the best run that has ever been invented and I can’t wait to take part in it.
Anyway, thanks to Mel’s reminder, I jumped online and registered for the first time this season. So let it be known that come April 29th, 2012 I will be running 16.1 km for the greatest cause in the history of great causes: I will be running for chocolate.
Excuse me – I have to wipe the tears of chocolate joy from my eyes.
I’m sure everyone is aware that 2012 is a leap year. That is, 2012 has 366 days – 1 day more than the common 365 day year. Generally speaking, the extra day corrects for the fact that the earth takes a little longer than 365 days to circle the sun. Personally, I look at it as extra time to accomplish things on my Not-So-Bucket-List list. It’s also an extra 24 hours where one can be awesome, or slack off, or spend time with friends, or do pretty much anything.
The point is, 2012 has 24 extra hours and they probably shouldn’t be wasted doing things that aren’t awesome. Of course, what I consider awesome and what you consider awesome might be vastly different. I don’t consider spending quality time with a giant eight-legged-nasty awesome. Someone who spends their life studying such eight-legged-nasties might clearly disagree with me. Awesome really is in the eye of the beholder. But 2012 has 24 extra hours, so that means we each get 24 extra hours to do things that we find awesome.
With that in mind, I thought I would write a list of things that I want to try to accomplish this coming year – a list of things that I think will be awesome should I manage to complete them. To make things extra crazy, I thought I’d add a specific timeline to each of them. I’m not saying that I have to hold myself to these timelines, but I always work best when a due date is involved. Also, because I’m efficient, some of these items come from my Not-So-Bucket-List.
Visit Matt in Ottawa (which makes 14 trips in 13 months – crazy!)
Submit 2 papers to 2 different journals
Start training for marathon #1 & #2 in May
Start training for 160 km bike ride by end of year
Start the push-up challenge
Visit Rick in Calgary, and go ice-climbing (15 trips in 14 months – w00t)