Over the holidays my cousin was in town with her husband, who happens to be a runner. With the new year approaching, I took up his challenge to run 3 miles with him. Having not run much over 2018, and having only run up to 2.5 miles when I did, I knew it would be a challenge. We ran the first mile in 7:45, the second mile in 8:15, and then I dropped back on the third mile to run all three in around 27:20. Today I decided to run the 3 miles again. I ran the first mile in 8:00, the second mile in 8:00, and then I found myself tired and finished all three in 27:20 again. In 2020, I’ve now run 3 miles more often than in the prior 20 years combined. My fastest time in running 3 miles is 19 minutes and 80 seconds. I like to remember it that way because it sounds faster 🙂 and because it helps me remember the year I ran it. I realized recently that my fastest time of 19:80 is actually 20:20. I wonder if the fact I have remembered this time has significance for me in 2020. Why else would I have remembered it? In addition to writing more in 2020, I want to run more in 2020. So far, I have run 3 times – each time 3 miles. I know there are universes where I run 3 miles at an 8-minute mile pace. I visited one earlier in the week. I plan to surround myself with universes where I run 3 miles at an 8-minute mile pace.
In other news, it’s 15:40 and I have my MacBook Pro back with a new battery at 100%. Six hours later, the battery is at 67% without much usage – in fact the notebook was closed much of that time. More analysis of the battery to come later.