Whoa. Good thing the New Year is here.
Day 3.

Still hopeful.

Despite long-winded discussions of pessimism vs. optimism, which one reads from time to time, I remain at heart an optimist.

I am hopeful for myself, hopeful for my family, hopeful for the world. Cynicism just wears me down.

And so...

Though I'd promised myself that I would take the advice of a friend who always waits until the last possible moment to sign up for races, I've already signed up for several past favorites and for another that I've had to back out of (and yes, that's one of the few races that offers a full refund for cancellation).

The 2017 race calendar, as it stands right now:

February 11: Hot Chocolate 15K. I like this distance. I suppose anything over 10K is mind-numbingly long for me, but this one ends sooner than a half-marathon. Also, this race was cold as hell last year, and if you're going to run a long damn time, then at least when it's that cold one does not overheat.

April 15: The Smitty 15K. Great flat course. Sponsored by a dairy, last year was the first time they added the 15K distance to their usual 5K and 10K. They ran out of ice cream for those of us who ran the longest distance. I was not happy about that. They've promised to fix that situation this year.

April 29: Run Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Half-Marathon. Big race. Too big. I made the bargain-hunter's mistake of signing up for this race right after I'd finished the 2016 race. Plus, there's always the potential that it gets hot as hell.

May 29: Chattanooga Chase 8K. Favorite race of all time.

August 27: Rocketman Triathlon. I am considering this my A race for the season.

Leaving out a lot of races that I used to do (or used to sign up for and bail on), especially the sprint triathlons. Restraint can be a good thing.

Speaking of optimism, here's something I want but am unlikely to get: abs like Iggy Pop.

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