Black & White Beach
Back in January, I set a goal to run 2019 miles in 2019. In the first half of the year, I kept on a good pace, right where I needed to be to accomplish this goal. I had an especially good month in July, with just shy of 215 miles for the month. Then I fell behind a little in September with only 117 miles for the month. But I got back on track in October and November and had a strong December.
And — I accomplished the goal. I ran 2019 miles in 2019. Well, actually I ran 2019 + 1, for a total of 2020.
Also, my daily run streak remains alive and is now at 2071 days.
For 2020 I want to keep the run streak alive, and also run the year in miles — 2020 miles for 2020.
So…the title is a bit of an inside joke.
I like to take pictures, but I do not consider myself a photographer. I’m just a person that enjoys taking pictures and sharing them with friends, family, and occasionally with strangers.
Most of the pictures I share are of things I see while ‘Out Running’ and taken with my phone (iPhone XR), but I also enjoy taking pictures with a DSLR (Nikon D3400), a GoPro (Hero 5 Black) and a drone (DJI Spark).
Anyway, the town I live in recently had a photo contest and I decided to enter. I sent off a few images and entered in a few different categories. I didn’t really expect much, certainly not to win anything — but I did!
I got second place in the Drone category and third place in the History category. I say this with total sarcasm, but I guess I’m now an award-winning photographer (who still doesn’t consider himself a photographer).
Jokes aside, this means some of my images will now be used to help promote the town where I happily live — Tarpon Springs, which is really exciting for me. The newly updated Explore Tarpon Springs website (with some of my images) is here.
Today marks 5 years on my run streak. I’m super happy, but It feels a little strange at this point, to think — I’ve run every single day for the past 5 years.
I’ve run in the hot (really hot), and the cold, as well as in the sun and rain. I’ve run in more thunderstorms than I care to admit, and even with a hurricane approaching.
The majority of my runs have been outside, with a few exceptions being on a treadmill when I was on a cruise. The majority have been at least a few miles in length, though I’ve had a few that were the ‘minimal’ one mile to keep the streak alive when I was sick and feeling miserable.
I wish I could say that I have some grand plan for the streak. I will be keeping it alive, but the truth is that I just love to run.
It is my selfish time.
A time where I don’t have to do anything, a time where I don’t have to think about anything. It is just me, the road, and whatever audiobook or podcast I happen to be listening to on that day.
Anyway, these 5 years break down with a total of 8,919 miles, which equates to an average of (roughly) 4.88 miles per day.
Tomorrow begins Year 6 Day 1
I made some changes compared to what I had been using. I switched from Android to iOS, which marks the first time I’ve used an iPhone as my daily driver since the iPhone 4s. This will likely inspire some other changes in the coming months. But for now — this is what I’m carrying and using on a daily basis.
Not pictured is my Kindle Paperwhite, or my cameras, which include a Nikon D3400, GoPro Hero 5 Black and DJI Spark.
I wanted a way to carry some stuff on the bike (without having to wear a backpack or strap anything to the rear seat). I knew that I did not want full saddlebags, and I’m not a huge fan of the way the left side swing arm bags look. I also did not want anything that required relocating the left side license plate mount or the rear turn signals. Basically, that meant my options were somewhat limited.
I searched around for a bit and found a right side solo bag from Bad&G Customs. The bag is made of black cowhide and mounted quickly and easily with a few leather straps. It also appears to be of high quality. Though, some time on the bike and in the weather will be the ultimate deciding factor.
The bag lists at $159.95, and I spent the few extra dollars to add a black coated buckle and an extra inch of thickness. I should have also added the quick release on the buckle, but somehow my eyes glossed over that option during the checkout process. But no big deal on the quick release really.
Anyway, this bag is just a small bit of progress towards making this Iron mine. Lots more changes and upgrade to come as time and money permits.