I am at my best physically when I am faithful in my running. I love the various aspects of being a runner – the health benefits, the gadgets and gear, the effect on my stamina and state of mind, getting outside. But my faithfulness wavered for a while when the weather turned cold.

Bottom line: I think I need a goal.

So, I am planning to run the Derby Festival half-marathon in Louisville in a few months, and have begun training to that end. So far, so good. Granted, 13.1 miles will be the furthest I’ve ever run in my life. But I’m enjoying the challenge of pushing my limits.