Yesterday, I completed the last long run of my training for the NYC Marathon. I brought my phone in an armband (that I bought a week ago) to test how well it travels with me.
The first hour was just pouring rain; I don’t how well I’d fare for four hours of it. But it mostly stopped by the time I entered Pacific Spirit Park. The first picture was on the trail after mile 7; the second is not even 15 minutes later. It made the rest of the run much more pleasant!
Maybe it was all the breaks I was taking for photos, or to consume gels & water, but I survived the almost four-hour run, completing 21 miles (33.9 km). My pacing was consistent, and even on the five separate miles I sped up, my legs were up to the challenge. I just have to be just as consistent with pacing and fueling, and I think I’ll do well for the big race. I just have to endure three weeks of agonizing taper!
As of today, I’ve gone through eight months and 250 photos in my photo-a-day-for-one-year project. I’ve somehow managed to keep track of the photo number as I post them, only because I double-check before posting them. Here are a few highlights from June:
No post ideas have popped up this weekend, so I’ll put up a couple of photos that I took during February for my photo-a-day-for-a-year project. There wasn’t a theme, but I did put the photos through instagram’s filters before posting them.
The first one was taken February 10. I like how one particular filter created a bluish glow surrounding the neon cross. The second one was taken February 20. I got the shutter to go off as the train was moving, but before it left the station, creating the blur effect. You can see all the photos I’ve taken during February here, and a set of sets (arranged by month) here. I’m officially one-third of the way done!
After I’ve immersed myself in the project for three months, I’ve officially taken on the challenge of taking a photo a day for one full year, retroactive to November 1, 2011. As you may (or may not) know, I’ve documented here (and on my flickr) my successful attempt to take a photo a day for one month; I’ve done so the past two Novembers. When I removed my Movember mustache on December 1, and took a photo of that, I made a conscious attempt to do the same for December, and again for January, but using different themes. As I finished that, I decided to make my 366 project active by applying appropriate titles and tags to the photos I’ve posted to flickr to that point [collection], while trying to remember the specific day I’m in when I post a new photo.
As I post photo #96 below, I want to congratulate my brother for finishing his second round of a 365 project [set]. His proficiency with the craft is part of the reason why I want to undertake this project. Wish me luck!
I think my Movember went well. The main mo did go unchecked for the full month (as it should be). I had the handlebar for the middle part of November, then tried to extend the ‘stache outward, but ran out of time; you can see how it looked on the last day.
The morning of December 1, the razor did its work; the result is the picture below. For the first couple of days I’ve looked at a mirror and actually wondered who was the person with the bare upper lip staring at me. Really, it’s bizarre how a mustache can alter a man’s look.
Thanks to all the kind words about the mo, and more so to those who donated to Movember generally, and through my page in particular. It will be back next year, so be ready!
Link to a flickr set of self-portrait photos from each day of Movember.
Almost halfway through Movember, and the mo is progressing quite well. I took one photo at the start, then one the next day, and soon I figured I should do a photo a month for each day of Movember. It carries on from my successful attempt to take a photo a day last November. The major difference between then and now is that I’m using my iPhone, together with the Instagram app, as opposed to the digital camera I used last year. It’s far easier to take a shot with the phone, put it through Instagram’s filters, and have it cross-post to my Flickr and Twitter. With the digital camera (which is almost five years old), I have to attach the camera to my computer to download the pictures, then upload it to Flickr. Plus, the Movember theme is a lot easier to execute, compared to the randomness from last year.
I’m wondering if I can carry on with a photo a day after the end of Movember. 60 days? 100 days? 366 (2012 is a leap year)? Should I not think about it, but keep taking shots anyway? For anyone who has done these longer projects, what is your motivation? I’d appreciate any tips and/or themes!