Monday, February 28, 2011

Back on the Rock

My two weeks in Fiji flew by. I'm not at liberty to go into details as to what exactly I was doing there, but it was conservation related. In the little free time that we had I managed to stick my face in the water and took this photo.  It may not be the crispest, most in focus photo ever, but man is there a lot of color.  Just look at all that life fighting for every inch of available space.  What an amazing place!

I've been out in the Pacific since the middle of January.  I initially came out to help someone on Guam develop a conservation plan, with hopes of spending a few days on Saipan before going back to Washington, DC.  Those plans got postponed when the Guam Senate introduced the shark fin ban bill.  I ended up sticking around Guam for a couple of weeks so that I could help muster local support.  Then I went to Fiji, and now I'm back on Saipan spending a few quiet day with Edz and the dogs before I get back to the hustle and bustle and traffic of the East Coast.

I took about 1200 stills and videos of Fiji while I was there, and I would be failing my readers (both of you) if I didn't get some of them onto this blog in the next few days (sort of the way I failed you by not making enough posts of the Philippines last year.  Sorry.)

So anyway, now that it is March it means that the third month of 2011 in 2011 in kicking in.  I'm getting pretty close to this being my longest stretch of continuous exercise since I was in college.  Go me.

That's not to say that I'm exactly keeping up with the goals of 2011 in 2011.  I am a little behind.  I missed a lot of running days early in the month while in Guam and while in Fiji I only managed a run about every other day (or was it every other other day?).  Still, I got in 72.3 miles of running in February, just a few miles short of what I ran in January.

Since getting back to Saipan I've gotten in 3 straight days of six-miles runs and if I can keep this streak going I will be back on pace to hit 2011 on time.  I knew going into this that the earlier months would be the toughest, even if the miles run per day were lower.

And it has been hard.  But it is also rewarding.  I can feel my health improving and if I squint I think I can see a difference when I look in the mirror.

So I ran 6 miles today, bringing my total miles logged for 2011 to 154.5. With 305 days left in the year, I have 1856.5 miles to go before I reach my goal of running 2011 miles in 2011.

1 comment:

Matthew said...

Go Angelo go. I am going to have to start running as well or I will be the odd man/woman out.