2015: It’s Going to Be a Big Year

We’re getting to the end of 2014…And the beginning of 2015.

2015 is going to be big on changes and challenges for me.

In January I’ll be moving to a new job. It’s a promotion and an hour-long commute (each way), but I’m very excited. One of the challenges will be finding making! time to run when the biggest part of my day is sandwiched between two hour-long drives. The advantage is that there are some sweet trails between the new workplace and home and I’ll be able to occasionally hit them up.

I’m going to make it work, though, because I’m committed to 2015 being a breakout year in my fitness life.

I’ve been doing a lot of plotting for the next 12 months in my fitness journey. Even though the last 6 months have seen some pretty amazing gains (losses, actually!), I’m planning for some real breakthroughs in the new year.

This is what my 2015 goals look like (at the moment…):

A lot of running:

  • Two (three?) half marathons
    • Flying Pirate (April)
    • Marine Corps (September)
    • Southern Fried (November?)
  • Marathon?
    • Outer Banks (November?)

More yoga and meditation: Twice-weekly yoga practice

Bigger focus on weight-loss goals: Get to 160 pounds by December (that’s a loss of 28ish pounds from my current 188).

Keep in mind that this is just an outline and while I have a pretty fleshed-out running training plan, I really don’t have much of a plan for everything else.

Please Contact the US DOT to Support the Lejeune Greenway

Bicycle and pedestrian friends,

I need your help once again!

Construction of the Lejeune Greenway is being blocked by the Federal Highway Administration.

If you support the Lejeune Greenway (and I hope that you do, because you should!) please contact the FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian program manager via email to gabe.rousseau@dot.gov and let him know.

Also, please use the DOT.gov contact form at https://ntl.custhelp.com/app/ask to send the same message of support.

And if you really really want to over-achieve, call the DOT switchboard at (202) 366-4000 and leave a message.


Running and Bicycling Folks in Jacksonville, NC : Our Community Needs Your Help!

There have been some challenges to the Lejeune a Greenway planned to connect downtown Jacksonville with the Rails-to-Trail greenway by the new Wilson Gate entrance to Camp Lejeune.

The route, as planned, will go through the Lejeune Memorial Gardens before curving toward Highway 17 and then onward to the Rails-to-Trail greenway.

This planned route is the safest and most efficient route possible and has been agreed to by all official representatives of the memorials, Lejeune Memorial Gardens, Camp Lejeune, as well as city and state transportation planners and regulators. The Beirut Veterans of America have agreed to the planned route and oppose any deviation of the route.

I’d appreciate it if you could come to the Jacksonville City Council meeting on Tuesday at 7pm to speak in support of this important bicycle and pedestrian connection.

I have supplementary information that I can provide on request.

Please let me know if you’re going to come!