Make Excuses or Make It Happen – How I Signed Up for Buffalo Marathon

A marathon has always been in the cards for me. It’s one of those inevitable things I know I’ll do “some day”.

The half marathon I ran last year happened because my aunt invited me to run with her. Once it was on the calendar, I was committed and made it happen.

On a call last week, my friend asked when I was going to run my marathon. I told him I don’t know yet. I hadn’t been running as much since starting the sabbatical because of all the traveling and trying to figure out a new routine.

He said, “Oh, is that the reason?”

Busted. “No, I’m just making excuses.”

He laughed. “A marathon is not a big deal. Everyone makes it out to be a big deal. Just sign up for one, get it on the calendar, and go do it.”

I knew he was right. “I’ll try to find one near one of the places I’m traveling.”


“I mean, I WILL! I’m going to sign up for one and text you by the end of the day.”

And that’s the story of how I signed up for the Buffalo Marathon in New York. I’ve been training every day since.

How to Close Your Apple Watch Rings Every Day for a Year

Apple Watch - Perfect Year - Close Rings 365 Days in a Row

Today is Day 403 in a row of closing all three of my Apple Watch rings. I’ve worn an Apple Watch since they launched in 2015, but I never closed my rings more than 2 days in a row for the first several years.

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, poses a question worth considering:

My current habits were not carrying me to my desired future.

Most of my months looked like this:

June 2016 Apple Watch Rings Incomplete

It wasn’t until 2018 that I decided to start taking my health seriously. Continue reading “How to Close Your Apple Watch Rings Every Day for a Year”