As I lie in bed writing about the penultimate week in our 100–mile—8 week challenge, I am getting really excited. Not about the challenge particularly, but about the fact that I just had a legitimate opportunity to use the word “penultimate.” I mean, seriously, how often does that chance roll across your path? And in a place as conducive to using words your readers might not be familiar with? In conversation, you’d either ask me what it means or dismiss me as being snobby and show-offish, what with me using big, fancy words you don’t (or might not) know. Or you’d make a mental note to look it up later (that’s what I do). But here, online, all I need to do is add a link to a definition (check!) and you can click on it (go ahead, you know you want to!) and neither of us have to know/admit.
But I digress, in what I feel might be true Deluxe Yours Truly fashion (I’m aspiring to be as entertaining and effective a teacher as he is, although I know I have a far, far way to go).
The 7th week in the challenge was a rather interesting one for me. I still cannot report that I did more running than walking this week, but that will come, dear readers, that will come. Week 7 was interesting because I got to try haggis for the first time and I learned that the Brits refer to both desserts and anything cooked in a bag as “pudding.” That is, “pudding” is a hypernym, in the British variety of English, for what we Americans call ice cream, cakes, pies, cookies, bread puddings, and true pudding. Interestingly enough, the fact that “pudding” refers to anything cooked in a bag makes haggis a pudding. Weird (to me).
So what does all this have to do with walking? I walked all the way from campus to Moira’s apartment for some haggis last Tuesday night, which more than doubled my normal walk home. And Rob and I went for an extra-long walk on Sunday. Nothing to do with haggis, but does explain why my weekly mileage is up (compared to the last few weeks’ mileage).
So, without further ado, this week’s results: I’ve reached the goal!
Week 7 total: 16.6
Challenge total: 103.9