Here it is. Week 61. And so concludes (less than) 60 hikes in 60 weeks. I'm ready to recap, and make excuses for, the last 60 weeks of my life.
I just tallied and I have completed:
2 Guest Hikes (thanks April and Matt)
8 Races (from 5k to 10 miles)
A slew of museums, events and sights to see in the DMV.
Seems kind of anti-climactic, am I right? I definitely thought I'd done like, 35 hikes... But I've also survived an earthquake, a hurricane, an apartment fire, bike theft and car theft. Oh, and election season...I'm surviving election season. Frankly, 60 hikes in 60 weeks was a bit unrealistic to begin with because winter happened - which took up 3 months, and work happened - which has been occupying my last 4 months of weekends pretty solidly. Every other year, I lose summer and fall. It's sad, really.
And another excuse? I started out hiking and walking, but ultimately a lot of my hiking weekends were replaced with runs and races, and I'm pretty proud of that!
Other things to report...
Though it was a major goal of this blog, I didn't lose any weight and my calves have grown two pant sizes. I did however go from running a 12 minute mile to a 10 minute mile - so there's the silver lining. I'm basically all muscle.
I kind of just lied because I only run a 10 minute mile if the distance is 6 miles or less and if I was running two months ago. That whole thing about work has really cut into my running, as well as my hiking. Also, I'm not all muscle. I'm all calves - I thought we established that?
So, What is the future of le Blog, you ask? Fret not, little hikers. It turns out I kind of like nature (not to be confused with liking bugs or sleeping on the ground) so I think I'll stick to the hiking and the running and adventuring as hobbies. But, I'm also thinking I'll try to write more about whatever strikes my fancy and see what happens, so you'll see some changes in the weeks to come. Most likely, you won't hear from me again at all until after November 6. But Thanksgiving through Christmas is going to be a really exciting few weeks, with trips to San Francisco and Georgia in the works.
Special thanks to my guest hikers of course, and to the people who laughed at my mishap-fraught life along the way.
And that's it. The sixty's survey...I accomplished less than a third of the goal I set for myself. Which I'm NOT going to take as a metaphor for my life or anything.