a vegan couple: eating; running; living–minimally.

SURPRISE! I thought I didn’t want to run this again?!


So, one year ago I celebrated finishing the third leg (10 miles) of the Vermont City Marathon Relay, having run with a 3-person turned 2-person relay team (I ran the 10 mile leg). I enjoyed the race, my legs felt amazingly good, and I toasted never having to run the race again. Done and done.

Apparently my resolve only lasted a year. Same friend; another teammate shortage; same outcome—I’m running. This time I ran the 1/2 Marathon relay. So once again I find myself running a road race—not overly excited about running on the roads, but adequately trained and coming to realize that diversifying the type of running is probably best for your overall fitness.

Our combined-relay time was just under 3:30. Dharma ran a 1:41 and I ran a 1:45; not my best half marathon but certainly nowhere near my worst. It demonstrates to me that even with a small amount of training I can drop into a half marathon and do decently well. It also helped that I wore my “Strong Hearts Vegan Power” shirt—this always gets me lots of cheers and provides a real morale boast.


I’d say that I’m not going to run this ever again, but we know how far that got me last time.


2017 Reading Goals

My reading goals from 2016 consisted of criteria that I wanted to fulfill (e.g., read 2 Lation authors). The reading goals I have set out for 2017 are somewhat more precise in that I have certain books or series of books in mind; but I also have a few genres that i’d like to delve into (e.g., biography, activist literature).

**When I finish a book I will cross it out.**

Colson Whitehead, Underground Railroad


Hang Kang, The Vegetarian


Colin Meloy, The Wildwood Chronicles


*Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (I added this book because it was given to me.)

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists


João Gilberto Noll, Quiet Creature on the Corner


Albert Camus, The Stranger


Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (Parts 1 and 2)



Margret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale


Finally, I’d like to read:

  • an activist book
  • a biography
  • someone else’s favorite book

Well there you have it. My Reading Goals for 2017. Ambitious. Diverse. Interesting. Complex. Thought provoking. Now let’s see if I can fit all this in while being back in the classroom teaching.

What you are reading in 2017? Do you have any goals for your reading or do you just pick up books at random? Let me a comment and let me know!

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