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  1. While it may feel like it sometimes, it's always great to remember that I am not completely lost. Yesterday, I ran for the first time in about five days. It was cold (about 40F) and rainy. But I slid on my running shorts and shoes, layered my upper body, and put on an Under Armour beanie to keep my head warm and dry. I ran from my home to the entrance to the Hunting and Fishing Club, and back and around another side road to equal 5k. My time was 28:45, the first time I have run a sub-30 5k since my race in September. It felt great, and it really lifted my spirits. Last night around 0630 I decided to run again, choosing a hill workout running up a few of the numbered streets in Nitro (my home town and the town to which we are moving next year). My total distance was 2.8 miles, time was 29:33, with an elevation gain of 252 feet. The route runs up one numbered street and down another, then up the next, and down the next, from 19th to 9th, and then up a backroad to Short Street, which is another uphill climb to a level road and back down 18th Street Hill. It's a fun but challenging workout. I need to get back on the trail, though. This earlier dark is messing with my running schedule, but I'm going to have to suck it up and bring my headlamp with me to run some trails in the dark.
  2. Wolfen

    Annyshay Explores Oge Mai

    I'm sorry you have to deal with this. I'm hoping it will change soon because as a teacher I can tell you that statistically more women are graduating high school than men, more women are attending post-secondary and post-graduate programs than men, and this is true in almost every major field of study, including the big ones like medical and law. The American Association of Medical Colleges did a study in 2017 that women represented 50.7% of new enrollees in medical schools across the country in 2017. This is the first time women enrollees have outnumbered men. Plus, as a man I get irritated with the "old boys club" because it's stupid, especially in a field in which you have to work WITH other people. If you're really great at your job and you consider yourself valuable within your field, why would you not want to share that with as many people as possible? And if you have the opportunity to work alongside someone else who is really great at their job and may be stronger than you in some areas, why would you no want to work with them and learn from them? It just doesn't make sense. It's one thing to be competitive; it's another to think that someone has nothing to offer you or you them simply because of their gender. We should chat more, but I don't want to fill up your challenge feed with my ramblings. As always, I am proud of you and how you have matured spiritually and personally.
  3. Gang, I think I know the solution. I've been feeling spiritually blah for the past few months, and I know it's because I'm so often going, going, going that I rarely take time (and I'm not just talking 15-20 minutes per day) to rest and pray and meditate on the scriptures. I've also noticed some bad habits and addictions from the past that have crept in that I won't mention in this challenge but will probably face at a much deeper level in my next challenge. I finished watching The Haunting of Hill House, and there is a powerful revelation that all of the siblings have at the end. I'll post the remainder of my comments about this as a spoiler, so if you haven't watched it don't read (unless you're not interested in watching it). So I have some personal issues I'm wrestling with, some things that are haunting me. Even though I have abandoned this challenge, my next one will be too important to pass up.
  4. I'm trying something different this time and having some fun with a themed challenge. I'm really excited about finally rolling this one out. Before we begin, though, a few things to get out of the way. You can skip straight to the challenge if you'd like: Without further ado, let's begin: While conducting research in the university library, Wolfen uncovered a letter, yellowed with age but pressed and preserved in the pages of Man Makes Himself by Gordon Childe. Wolfen's eyes widened as he read the header at the top: Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Jr. Barnette College Hamilton Hall Grove Avenue Fairfield, NY The letter was dated May 13, 1960 Surely this was a joke, or some fake letter forged by a creative university student. Regardless, Wolfen read on. To Whom it May Concern: If you're discovering this letter in the pages of the book in which I left it, your curiosities might be exactly what I need. With the help of some colleagues who will remain anonymous for reasons you may come to learn later, I have uncovered a secret war going on in our world of which only a few are aware. A group of scientists has discovered the existence of exotic matter (henceforth abbreviated XM). XM is a very powerful energy whose origin and potential are still in question, but it is believed it has existed for centuries. There are stories of Roman soothsayers who encouraged the construction of important buildings upon sites they claimed were "charmed" with mysterious energy. Indeed, mysterious and "magical" portals that channel XM from an unknown location have been discovered near iconic and influential locations whose history and origins are also shrouded in mystery, the types of places my colleagues and I frequent as researchers (temples, monuments, places of worship, etc.). Scientists are allegedly researching ways to capture and harness the energy of these portals. Unfortunately, because of an accident in which members of the research team were exposed to XM, the secret of XM has not remained a secret. I'm not certain how, but word of this mysterious and potentially dangerous powerful energy has reached people with greater influence than you or me, people whose names you would probably recognize but which I will not reprint here for security reasons. You may be wondering what this has to do with you. Because you are even aware of the existence of this book, it is clear you are an intelligent and open-minded person. Wolfen tightened his lips. He had just pulled the book of the shelf because the title caught his attention. He read on: In the time since word has spread of XM, two groups have formed with the goal of capturing and harnessing this energy. The first faction, known as The Enlightened, is an elite group of very powerful people who believe XM is the secret to the evolution and progress of mankind. The Enlightened wish to take control of XM and harness its powers to take humankind to the next level (whatever that means). The details of how and what that would entail are still shady, which is why it is so concerning. In addition, several known members of The Enlightened have a reputation for taking and abusing power and their intent may be the same for XM. The second faction is The Resistance. Their intent is to capture XM in order to keep it out of the hands of The Enlightened because they fear the power of XM would be used to manipulate and control all of humanity. Like many "resistance" movements, however, this faction doesn't seem to have as much influence as The Enlightened (both financially and culturally) but this may change over time. In addition, Resistance members tend to be wreckless in their endeavor to keep XM out of the hands of The Enlightened. As an archaeologist, I can attest to the presence of "energies" at many of the sites I have visited. This is why I have fought to obtain and protect treasures that are located at these sites. Unfortunately, at my age I may not be able to protect these sites much longer, unless I can recruit some new explorers willing to research portal locations in their area and travel to these "portals". I won't tell you which faction you should join (but anyone who knows my reputation could probably guess which I prefer) because you have a will of your own, and I don't have the resources to force you to choose. In fact, you might not have even finished this letter. If you're still reading, though, I am grateful. I encourage you to do a few things before you begin: Do some research: read up on everything you can about "Ingress," including the two factions I mentioned; there may be information about possible portals in your area. If you uncover the location of nearby portals, research these sites, as well and visit them. My hope is that by the time you find this letter, researchers have come up with a way to extract and store the XM quickly and efficiently. Research this, as well. You guessed it: I need you to explore these sites and extract as much XM as you can. But be cautious and aware of your surroundings. This could be dangerous since there are others who also want XM for their own purposes. See if you can ascertain why or how the places you visit are capable of drawing XM; is there some history behind the place or object that makes it "worthy" of such energy? I don't know what kind of shape you are in at the moment, but true explorers need to be fit for a lot of physically demanding activities: hiking, climbing, crawling, fighting, running, and lots of walking. So much walking. And you need to have a keen eye to both find what you're looking for and to make sure you aren't being followed. I will let you "work out" the details based on your own physical needs. If you're still with me, I know you are exactly what I need. Don't write back because I would rather not know who you are. Good Luck, Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr. Wolfen immediately left the campus library and straight to a private place on campus to start his research. A search for "Ingress" uncovered an app designed by Niantic Labs, a "game" in which "players" join a faction, seek and capture portals and extract XM. It couldn't be a coincidence that this app seemed to match nearly everything the letter described. More research uncovered information about XM, the Niantic project, each faction, and much more. Wolfen also discovered that there were several portals nearby, some glowing white, some blue, and some green and fields of bright "energy" of either blue or green passing between portals. He couldn't resist. Wolfen downloaded the app to his phone. Based on what his heart and head were saying, he joined The Resistance. His adventure was just beginning. Goals: Explore: walk at least 12,000 steps/day M-F. Get Fit: continue the #100for100 challenge: at least 100 bodyweight movements per day 3 sets 3 days/week that includes the following: Avoid traps: 15 hi-steps Sword-fight: 15 side-to-side arm swings Duck-and-dive: 5 burpees Fist-fight: vary jabs, punches, hooks, and uppercuts (Boxtastic app?) Explore caves: low crawl for 10 "steps". Climb cliffs: 5 pullups Run: continue running schedule, but include 3x100 yard sprints at least 2 days/week Research: continue research for school (first priority) look up information on various portal locations before exploring them. The purpose of this challenge is to become more connected to "place" using an app that both encourages you to walk and explore more and calls your attention to places you might otherwise have just passed by or glanced at without thinking. Therefore, when you visit these "portals" really look at them, study them, all while being mindful of what you learned from your research. Document these findings. Read at least one article/week from National Geographic or similar publication Read at least one book-length work of history/archeology/anthropology (i.e. something Indiana Jones might read). Historical fiction is acceptable, as long as it is rooted in truth.