Starting over…

I managed to outdo my November activity in December, thanks mostly to my first ever Winter Conference. Being an AV volunteer meant a lot of running around, aggravating a cold that I caught early in the event. By the time 2018 came around, I was stuck at home avoiding the chilly weather while Tina attended to me. As the symptoms finally receded, my Christmas vacation ended and I was back at work. Running Man also resumed, and I joined Tina and the in-laws for weekly badminton. (Hockey hasn’t started back up yet…)

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Eating…

November ended with more overall activity than October and as much as September. I managed to raise a lot more money than I anticipated (although I accounted for over half of the donations via matching), and I resorted to strolling in and out of the office in lieu of weeknight exercise. The Christmas season is bringing a lot of food, and it’s becoming more difficult to keep myself from tipping the the scales. The warmer weather is holding up outdoor winter activities, so all I have to keep fit is daily walking and Running Man…

Mo(ve)ing…

The good news is our winter running has kept up and the weather hasn’t been too cold to make our two regulars nervous. My Movember facial hair is now a bona fide beard. I’m also trending towards more activity than October, which is surprising given how close to December we’re getting. After a slow start, I’ve already raised more money than targeted. That leaves only a lack of sports as the low light, with Multi Sport ending, fall ice hockey wrapping up, and the skating rinks still closed even though winter came early this year…

Shifting…

Our second try of winter running is getting off to a somewhat slow start. Thanksgiving long weekend was the surprise high point, followed by a pair of cancellations (first I was with the in-laws at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, then we had Mission Conference over the weekend). With the calendar already turning to November, I got Tina’s blessing to participate in Movember – including a physical component proportional to how much money I raise for the foundation. Hopefully that will help to get me moving more again…

Suffering…

Assisting with our final wedding of the season and spending an entire work week in Fort McMurray made for maintenance running at best. Our winter schedule will be kicking in soon and it’s going to be the usual suspects from last year. My debut in ESSC Multi Sport was handball, and although I was never gassed I developed shin splints later in the week during our final summer Running Man practise. Intramural hockey is mostly happening, so I’ll have no shortage of opportunities to stay fit when the snow is here for the season…