Resurrections, Re-evaluations, Revolutions

Greetings gentle readers. Hold onto your hats, batten down your hatches, secure your tray tables in their full upright and locked positions because a MAJOR announcement is on the way from the liability-limited corporation that is marathonsam.com:

Are you sitting down?
Are you sitting down?

After a two-month hiatus, during which occurred: extensive soul-searching,

Not the most optimistic spread...
Not the most optimistic spread…


a smattering of mediation,

IMG_5689some heavy medication,

Bordeaux is the only prescription for existential malaise.
Bordeaux is the only prescription for existential malaise.

deep conversations,

What's that Santa? You need an extra reindeer? Gimme 5 minutes to make some oatmeal, we'll TOTALLY PR this X-mas
What’s that Santa? You need an extra reindeer? Gimme 5 minutes to make some oatmeal, we’ll TOTALLY PR this X-mas

personal revelations,

"I LOVE it when my mustache freezes!" (They can't all be deep)
“I LOVE it when my mustache freezes!” (They can’t all be deep)

communist revolutions,

Have you SEEN this movie!? It is the most atrociously violent, morally perplexing, and highly bad-ass piece of cinema EVER.
Have you SEEN this movie!? It is the most atrociously violent, morally perplexing, and highly bad-ass piece of cinema EVER.

a brush with injury,

Oh JOY. A stress fracture. How delightful.
Oh JOY. A stress fracture. How delightful.

a brush with disaster,

Not quite "nuclear meltdown-level" disaster, but things haven't been super great.
Not quite “nuclear meltdown-level” disaster, but things haven’t been super great.

a hairbrush,

As IF.
As IF.

the approval of my coach,

Your performance has been slipping.
Your performance has been slipping.

the go-ahead from my social media director,

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We’ll be back on top in NO time!

and a signal from my own personal higher power

Blessed be.
Bless this little corner of the internet

I am ready to resume blogging!

You were expecting the solution to climate change?
You were expecting the solution to climate change?

I know that one little blogger failing at retirement is hardly earth shattering news, but roll away the rock, brave souls: this little Lazarus of a blog is BACK IN ACTION!

From: "Bonnat01" by Léon Bonnat - http://www.histoire-image.com/site/oeuvre/analyse.php?liste_analyse=299. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat01.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Bonnat01.jpg
Lo, Lazarus has risen…Jesus wept for want of a decent latte

You, my hundreds, dozens comically small, though devastatingly attractive, collection of astute and gentle readers may recall that back in October, I got my running tights in a bunch and made a prima-donna proclamation to announce my retirement from blogging.

My life has simply gotten FAR too fabulous to share on social media
My life is simply FAR too fabulous to share on social media

Now it is (the end of) December, 2014. The year of the horse is drawing to a close. I am spending some time reflecting on what I have accomplished so far and what I hope to complete in the coming lunar cycle.

2014 was a pretty good year for running, until it REALLY wasn't.
2014 was a pretty good year for running, until it REALLY wasn’t.

My self-imposed isolation from my identity as an internet-savvy blogger, race-runner, occasional kitchen-magician, and full-time Seattle-enthusiast was necessary. I needed to focus on my research, recover from a stress fracture in my foot, and just generally try to get a grip on what is important in my life.

Keep your social support system close, and wear your patriotism on your sleeve...or head
Keep your social support system close, and wear your patriotism on your sleeve…or head

However, during my brief absence, I came to a vital realization: I am an INCURABLE narcissist.

Surprise!
Surprise!

Wait…no that wasn’t it. I realized that I am an incorrigible communicator! I love having this blog because it is FUN for me to tell everybody out in the internet about things that are going on in my life, cool sciencepatriotism, and my overflowing abundance of opinions. I hope that my random ramblings are as fun for you to read as they are for me to write about.

Will a maple-bacon energy gel make this post more palatable? Looks like a one-way ticket to gastric distress city to me.
Will a maple-bacon energy gel make this post more palatable? Looks like a one-way ticket to gastric distress city to me.

In the end, and for the foreseeable future. the entity known as marathonsam.com endeavors to be a safe and weird little space on the internet for pictures of animals, scenic vistas, stories about exercise, and whatever else comes across this particular Ph.D. candidate’s busy little brain.

Who KNOWS what goes on in there
Who KNOWS what goes on in there!?

To all of my gentle readers who I may have alienated for my abrupt and temporary retirement: I’m sorry, I hope you can forgive me. To any new gentle readers stumbling across this banal little blog: welcome! Be sure to wear your seatbelt, because things will only get stranger from here on out. I definitely owe everybody an update about what’s been going on lately, as well as some new exciting additions to my regularly scheduled programming. For now I’ll simply sign off this with heartfelt good-wishes and happy holidays from my weird and wonderful little family to yours!

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