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January 31st, 2017:

One month in, still winning

As of the end of January, I am just under 10% of the way toward my year’s goal of 2,017 kilometers for the year 2017. I’m on track to meet my goal.

Numbers are motivating to me. A spreadsheet with a bunch of formulas makes this more fun than I would have with plain numbers.

The goal is a challenge, but not an impossible one. My strategy is to run the same number of times that I used to run each week (3-4), and for the same amount of time (1 hour). I run faster, in order to get from 5 miles to 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) in an hour.

It’s motivating to keep track of the distance that I’ve covered. Gamification works for me. Instead of seeing exercising as torture, I look at the distance covered as “points” that I am earning.

We’ll see how I feel after a few more months, but so far, so good.