I went for one run this week, which was the EOD Warrior Dash Half Marathon. I ran this one so that I could complete the feat of running a 5K, 10K, 10 miler, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon after Mini was born and before the end of the year. Mission accomplished.
This also was probably my longest trail run. I almost always run on the street/pavement and hardly ever run on trails. I kind of liked the trail running, it was nice to go through nature like that with the snowy scenery. Maybe I’ll try more of it in ’18.
So, one run this week for 13.1 miles.
The biggest news of the week for me–my mom is cancer free right now! I went down to Charleston on Friday for her latest scan, and basically she has no evidence of disease. Her last scan had the same status. It’s amazing, how far she has come, and I’m thankful and look towards others with a measure of humility and hope that other families have similar positive outcomes. It’s such fantastic news, and great way to end a very good year!
I feel like I want to renew my focus, or perhaps dedicate more focus, to finding ways to give back. Generally, yes, but also specifically to people and families who are battling illness. One of the reasons I’ve registered for so many races this year is because it’s a built in way to combine a hobby of mine with charity. The money always goes towards a good cause, and I get to do something fun with it.
In my previous experiences, I’ve found volunteering to be a mixed bag. With the right group and organization, you can really feel like you’re doing something. Casey Trees in DC was like that when I volunteered there last year. In fact, after typing that very sentence, I went to their website and registered for a tree planting session on Jan. 6th. Other times, though, when I’ve volunteered, I feel like the group had been poorly organized, and you kind of feel like you’re either wasting your time or that you’re in the way and not really helping. All of this is to say, I don’t want to help just to make myself feel better, I want to find a more concentrated, focused goal to find a way to give back.
Anyway, that’s that. My flight back from Charleston was delayed by 6 hours, so I didn’t get home until late Friday evening. On Saturday, we went to a brunch at a friend’s house to celebrate the holidays and had a great time. On the way back home, we drove to the Mall, and took some pictures of Mini experiencing her first snowfall:
On Sunday, we went to lunch at Union Market. We need to go there more, because that place is awesome, and the food is fantastic. We had some dosas, Italian food, and nikuman (the Japanese version of Bao). I have a goal to try and cook more at home in 2018, maybe I’ll try to make some home made pork buns.