Rather than create myself another challenge this month, I thought focusing on, well, things to focus on, or have intentions for, would be more positive and less “self-inflicting”.
After ensuring I complete my 6,000 miles cycled and 300 miles ‘run’, I knew one area I had not achieved what I had intended was with yoga; I had hoped to do this daily, but succeeded not. Therefore I will ‘try’ again this month.
I have decided to swap this into my morning routine rather than focusing on the running which had generally featured in this part of my day. Running, which I will still do in January, will only take place when I feel like it, like on those nicer mornings rather than forcing myself out regardless – I was too hard on myself in this regard throughout December. It will be interesting to see how many miles I end up running with this approach.
Something else I have been considering, to feature throughout the year, is some sort of litter-picking thing. I’m often picking up litter from my own street when out running, but generally turn away discarded rubbish when I encounter it beyond here; carrying it further is a hassle and if I see it when out cycling consider it too much effort to stop, turn back, reach down, stuff it in a pannier, and get going again… unless it’s something I deem to be useful that is.
As much as a feel good about the casual plogging, there are more stray bottles, cans and other discardings that I can collect from the roadsides and send to be recycled, although I’m keen not to make too much effort on stretches that receive attention from the council because I fear they will slacken their efforts.
I am spurred on today after reading the following news article about young litter-pickers who set out early on the morning on New Year’s Day:
“365 Pieces of Plastic”, perhaps, or “365 Beerless Bottles on the roadside, 365 Beerless Bottles…”
Anyway, in addition to these things, yoga and focussed plogging, I will be reading the 1st 1/12th of Volume 8 of The Children’s Encyclopedia, reading a book about the Vikings, in a book called The Vikings, and reading about great Arab conquests in a book called The Great Arab Conquests, oh and listening to as much of the audio book of One Thousand and One Nights as I can endure. I also have a pile of stuff to list on ebay in an effort to declutter and dehoard a little. I’ll report back at the end of the month with how I’ve got on.