Chasing 42

Life, the Universe, & Running

Daily Chase: Vol. 65

The end of the semester is always a whirlwind of activity, and this year was no exception. Add to that the preparations for the holidays, and the added workload courtesy of some frightening political decisions, and you have quite the busy schedule. Throughout it all, however, my running and the daily routine of it have kept me grounded and given me the opportunity to reflect on the day and process the multitude of sometimes very challenging conversations I’ve had over the course of the last few weeks.

We've been getting out for some more hikes lately. More time in nature is never a bad thing!

We’ve been getting out for some more hikes lately. More time in nature is never a bad thing!

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Run: My streak has remained strong, albeit challenged at very points over the past two weeks due to my schedule. There have been numerous days as of late that have limited me to a few laps around the neighborhood, but they have been balanced with some energizing explorations of Newark, as well as some excellent trail miles. Last Saturday, I had the privilege of joining a friend (and several others) as he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his first marathon by running 33 miles along the Mason Dixon Trail. I’m in awe of his endurance and longevity, and can only hope that I’m still capable of knocking out a 50K in another 35 years!

Enjoying some trail time at Brandywine Creek State Park!

Enjoying some trail time at Brandywine Creek State Park!

Thought: As the events of this nation over the course of the last month have proven, community is very important. The work I do, educating others, challenging beliefs, providing new perspectives, and most importantly, listening, is made possible because of the community of colleagues, allies, and activists that I surround myself with, both virtually and in person. Thus, it’s no surprise to me why I value the running community for many of the same reasons. They provide an outlet for sharing thoughts, ideas, challenges, triumphs, and give me a voice. These two communities don’t overlap all that often, but they are equally important to my overall happiness, and essential to motivating me on a daily basis. I may not have found other communities in Delaware just yet, but having these folks in my life give me the strength and motivation to keep pushing myself, both as an educator and as an endurance athlete. That is the true essence of #chasing42 and I am forever grateful!

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