Challenge Aborted

Just under a year ago, I published a post entitled Challenge Accepted. It chronicled my thought process in what I now know to be the ill-advised decision to embark on the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge this year. Today, after weeks of stress, frustration, pain, soreness, etc., I’m publishing this post: Challenge Aborted. And I’m going to tell you why. When I conceived of this post, I was super angry, and I was going to name names and be as bitchy as I could be (folks who know me know, that can be pretty damn bitchy.) But I’ve come around a bit […]

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Unexpected Ankle Training

I got a little early and unexpected ankle training this past week on my vacation. The weather in Carlsbad, CA was totally stunning so N and I vowed to hike every day that we were there. On day 2, he selected a trail we found online at San Onofre State Beach. We drove there. Because of poor signage, we got in a line we didn’t need to be in and wasted 30 minutes sitting in that line while being treated rudely by the park ranger/parking attendant fellow. Dear fellow- Nothing on any of the signs said “surfers only.” The lack […]

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Challenge Accepted

I’ve been known to set some goals and crush them. (See nine years cigarette free.) I’ve also been known to set some goals and fail pretty miserably. (See thru-hiking the Laurel Highlands Trail before I turned 30. I’m nearly 31.5. Also see multiple fits and starts with weight loss.) There’s some compelling information in The Antidote about ditching goalsetting behavior. During his years in the corporate world, Kayes had been troubled to watch goalsetting achieve the status of religious dogma among his colleagues. The situation hasn’t changed much today. The hallmark of a visionary leader, it is widely held, is […]

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