It has been a long time since I wrote on here, mainly for two reasons: first, I haven't had much to write about; and two, I've been very busy with a huge change in my lifestyle.
After running the White River 50, my life got thrown in a blender set on 'liquefy', sprayed through the air with a firehose, and is just now settling back down in my new home, Dallas, TX. I moved here in August, and am still getting a lay of the land and learning where I can and can't find good places to run (so for there have been more of the latter than the former, which is unfortunate). On top of that, I started a new job which commands an enormous portion of my time. So, new place and new lifestyle have meant little running beyond maintenance and up-keep types of workouts.
And I am fine with this downgrade. I'd been training vigilantly for about 17 continuous months going into my last race, and now am enjoying having nothing to worry about or prepare for. Some mornings I feel like 4 miles, some mornings 10. The great thing is, it doesn't matter - I do what I feel like doing without consequence.
As for my future, that's all up in the air too. I've thought about setting a goal completely orthogonal to my ultra-long distance goals and see how fast I can run the mile. Alternatively, I've submitted my application for the 2012 Boston Marathon, and if I get a spot in that race, I'll have no choice but to run it. Until I hear on the status of Boston, I have no idea, and really no concern, about what I'll work towards next. For now, I'm a lazy treadmill runner, and that is OK with me.
Maybe when I get back on the training horse and am working towards a new goal, I'll have something to write on here. For the time being, however, there is nothing interesting to say about running on a treadmill while watching CNBC. Nothing.