Great SNAKES! I haven’t posted to this
exercise in self-aggrandizement blog of mine in quite some time!
I’m so very sorry that I’ve been a blogger in absentia for the past week. I don’t have any excuses for my paucity of prose.
Life lately has been atypically hectic, in both the best and worst ways. In the span of a week I celebrated a birthday, had a manuscript rejected, and took a mini-vacation to visit my parents in Colorado.
The trip to Colorado was phenomenal. I love living in Seattle, but my heart has always and will always belong to the Rocky Mountains.
I grew up in the mountains a half hour west of Boulder, Colorado. I spent most of my recent short trip hanging out around my parents’ house and our big backyard, but my dad and I did make one brave trip into big-city Boulder to do some recycling.
My parents and I only had four days together, but we made the most of it.
We walked our dog, Obie, every day.
We took a short hike down to Gross Reservoir to catch some fall color.
My dad, our neighbors and I took a delightful bike ride up to Golden Gate State Park.
We thought about attempting some coffeeneuring to a cafe without walls, but the logistics of bringing the necessary espresso accoutrements on our outing proved to be an insurmountable challenge. We almost didn’t make it out the door in the first place: I was riding a borrowed bicycle. Unfortunately, I was under the VERY mistaken impression that my LOOK cleats were, in fact, SPDs.
Luckily I was able to borrow a pair from Cross Propz world headquarters (which happens to be my neighbor Paul’s garage). If you are into cyclocross, you HAVE to check out Cross Propz. My neighbor, Paul, started the company out of his garage to produce lightweight, portable cyclocross barriers that are super-easy to put up and take down: perfect for the insane endurance athlete on the go!
Luckily my serious-cycle-head neighbors are also seriously nice people, and they still let me borrow a SERIOUSLY NICE bicycle despite my totally incompetent shoe-SNAFU.
We rode together up to Panorama Point.
I went running a few times at my parents’ house, the altitude TOTALLY kicked my ass.
I only spent four days in Colorado, but I spent some time thinking things over while I was out there.
I realized that part of the reason this vacation was so relaxing, even if it was only four days long (four days during which I got 11 emails, three texts, and two phone calls from my boss), is that I consciously made an effort to be mindful and present while I was there.
For four whole days I was too busy living my life to be blogging about it, and I have to admit that unplugging from the social mediums felt pretty fantastic.
Blogging lately has felt like a burden. I’m under no illusions about my total lack of influence in the grand scheme of the internet. This blog has always been more of a forum for me to sort out my own thoughts through writing, whether it be about climate change, marathon training, meditation, running races, recipes, or just random shit that I like. I’m gobsmacked, humbled, and totally appreciative that anyone EVER has come by to read my random ramblings and excessively alliterative prose.
However, I think that the time has come to put my blogging hat on the back-burner.
I love the opportunities for connection with other awesome bloggers afforded by the internet. I love following the lives of inspiring individuals as they eat marathons for breakfast or hit the trails harder than the Loma Prieta quake. I have nothing but admiration for bloggers who are able to share their fascinating trials, travails, and triumphs while holding down nine-to-five jobs, family commitments, and a modicum of sanity.
I have come to realize, however, that blogging about my moment-to-moment existence inhibits my efforts to LIVE in the moment.
I’m not ready to burn my metaphorical blogging bridges by dismantling my domain name just yet. Writing and running are two of my favorite things. I eat, breathe, and live science. I get REALLY pissed off when our legislators act asinine about climate change. I’d like to continue ruminating on these topics occasionally. However, at present, and for the foreseeable future, the Liability Limited Corporation marathonsam.com is ending its bid for a hostile takeover of the hearts and minds of
Earth, The State of Washington, Seattle, The Three Block Radius immediately surrounding my house,
Thank you everybody! To all of my readers (there are DOZENS of you…DOZENS!): stay classy, stay true to yourselves, stay strong, stay weird, stay gentle.
PEACE, LOVE, OATMEAL.