Miles to go before I sleep (and the miles I covered in 2016)

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
~Robert Frost
White Grass Ski Touring Center


Total miles run in 2016: 1037.8
Average miles per year since 2010: 1134.5
2016 races:
Wazupwidis 5K
Thomas Jefferson 100K
Fat Dog 40 miler
Patrick Henry Half Marathon
Canary in the Cave 25K+
I also got a DNF (Did Not Finish) at  Promiseland 50K and registered and trained for the Richmond Rox Half Iron triathlon, but hurt my back right before the race and had to miss it.
All the triathlon training added 1313.8 miles of cycling and 37.2 miles of swimming to 2016.
2016 wasn’t all bad. I finished my first 100K, left the country for the first time and spent a lot of time running in some really beautiful places.

 The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

30 Day Minimalist Challenge (Days 23 & 24)

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas!

I took a few days off from the challenge while I was out of town.


23. Take your time. This evening take your time – with everything. Once you relax for the evening it’s time to turn off the mental checklist.

This was tough for me. I tried to get everything ready for my run and work the next day early, so that I could just relax after dinner. I wasn’t completely able to turn off the mental checklist, though. And it all kind of backfired in the end.

I was halfway to the gym in the morning when I realized I didn’t have my Garmin. It was a bit cold out for the shorts I was wearing anyway, so I decided to just run on the treadmill. I hadn’t planned on running on the treadmill though, so I hadn’t packed my headphones. Luckily, it was only a four mile run.

24. Focus On Yourself. While you’re making your way through your journey, don’t forget to take some time to work on yourself. Get out and exercise, eat a healthy meal, and don’t forget to smile! This is a complete transformation – home, body, mind, and soul.

After some serious over-indulging during the holiday weekend, my body was screaming for some nutrition. I filled up on vegetables and fruits and stayed away from sugar (other than one tiny square of 88% dark chocolate).

Donation box additions: A skirt that I can’t remember the last time I wore (I’m guessing 2005ish) and a running hat. I have three running hats and very rarely wear them.


Minimalist Challenge (Days 21 & 22)

I completely failed to virtually disconnect on days 18-20. It’s the week before Christmas, so I’ve been searching for dessert recipes online. And my hamstring is hurting again, so I’m wasting a lot of time Googling things like “Is it OK to run with a sore hamstring?”, “Hamstring pain and running”, and “How long does it take hamstrings to heal?”. Vital research.


21. Tackle your kitchen and remove items you never use. Donate these items, or recycle items beyond repair.

Several years ago, I weeded through all of my dishes and silverware, so my kitchen isn’t actually too out of control. I have been accumulating grocery store food containers, though. I reuse them, but there’s no need for me to have as many as I did. I also got rid of some beaters that went with a mixer that I no longer have and an old coffee cup.


22.  Clear Your Floors. Spend some time going through the rooms of your home and clearing the floors.

Done. Mostly just cat toys, but there were some cords that weren’t being used and a few miscellaneous things that the cats had knocked off of tables.