Oh hey there! YES, I still exist!
Things have been a little crazy around here as I launched a new business and immediately got hired full-time for said business… At least for a certain contract period, I’m now handling social marketing strategy for IFAW – the International Fund for Animal Welfare! It’s been an incredible gig over the last 2+ months!
As far as running goes, I’m still recovering from last spring’s burnout, but enjoying ever-longer miles and group runs in this sweet spring weather! My last races included Falmouth’s Seagull Six and half of the Martha’s Vineyard 20-Miler in February with my friend Jen, except it wasn’t really “half” due to snow, ice and wind. I’ve been hitting up our Tuesday night run club on the regular, and accompanying my man Gary out on the roads of Cotuit village for longer weekend runs (he’s training for the Vermont City Marathon next month).
A couple of weeks ago, someone at run club asked if I had anything I was training for. I said no. I SAID NO. And then I remembered I’m registered for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon this May 1st! Ha ha ha! I’m excited to photograph the wedding of my friends Jessica and Aldo this fall, and we decided to combine the race with their engagement photos in the city of Pittsburgh! Fun stuff!
When it comes to the burnout thing, I’m pretty sure I’m on the mend. I find I simply don’t want to be told I “have” to run. I still love when I do run, I remember the feeling of meditation that comes with it, and I really want to head out with groups of friends any chance I get. I saw someone who seemed to be running for exercise the other day, and I realized I don’t feel that way AT ALL about running. None of it seems like exercise to me. Is that weird or good? Let’s go with good. I clearly must still love running :-)
I ran 8 miles this past Saturday morning – my farthest since last May’s marathon!
Obviously, along the way I stopped blogging. This blog has always been more than just running though, and I am looking forward to getting back to chatting with you all!