Where do I even begin?

And just like that **SNAP!**, in the blink of an eye, seven months has gone by.  My last post was August 16, 2015.  What the hell?  I hadn’t PLANNED on a hiatus.  I had no reason for one…I wasn’t burned out.  I wasn’t any more busy than usual.  I wasn’t off somewhere sulking in a corner.  I don’t know WHAT happened, really.  But I’ve missed it!  For weeks I’ve been meaning to get back here and dust the cobwebs off this old thing.  I’ve even come to the page a couple of times and asked myself the title of this post.  I sat here with my fingers hovering over the home row, ready to pound out a post and drew a big, fat blank.  I did it just now, too, but this time I just decided to roll with it.  I feel like so much has happened in the last seven months, but to keep this one post from getting insanely long, I’ll do you a solid and break them down into shorter posts.   Haha  Maybe one for each topic.  But in short, since I talked to you last I have…

  • Run six half-marathons in four new states.  If things had gone according to plan, I actually would have been in the car traveling to the next one right this very moment, but due to some conflicts I decided to forego this one.  My next one will be the Garmin Marathon in Olathe, Kansas on 4/16.  (*currently accepting applications for suitable travel partners  haha)
  • Gotten very serious about cross- and strength-training.  I’ve been saying for EVER that I knew I needed to do it, but I finally did it.  And now I kick myself every day for not doing it years ago.  I have never felt better or stronger, and if you’ll allow me a moment of vanity, I’ll admit that I don’t think I’ve ever looked better either.
  • Taken an awesome vacation to Florida.  We go to the panhandle of Florida as sort of a farewell-to-summer getaway almost every year, but last year we mixed it up a bit and went to South Florida where epic shit ensued.
  • Got a new tattoo.
  • Carried out a stakeout and trap, resulting in the newest addition to our family.  I now have a new feline brother.
  • Nursed my girl Bella through her third (yes, THIRD) knee surgery.  She’s three and a half weeks post ACL repair now, after already having undergone two surgeries in the past for a torn ACL and meniscus in the OTHER hind leg.

And well I guess that’s about it!  haha  It sure seemed like more before I started writing it out.  That’ll give me a starting place for posting anyway!  Also, when I logged into Blogger, I had approximately 4 million unread posts.  There’s no way I could make my way through all of them, so I cringed and hit the “Mark All as Read” button.  So if I’ve missed any huge news on YOUR blog, please catch me up!!!!!

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Updates on Running and Other Related Stuffs

  • I’m really working on getting my mileage back up.  Last week I ran 13 miles Monday, 6 on Wednesday, 8 Saturday, and 6 Sunday for a total of 33 miles.  Which is my highest weekly mileage in… well shit I don’t even know how long!  It’s been a LONG time.  As of right now I’m 18.7 miles away from hitting 100 miles for January.  First time hitting that number since December 2012!
  • I know from past experience that when my mileage gets this high I had better start doing some cross-training or my ass will be injured and sidelined.  So in the last week I’ve dusted off the ol’ spin bike and started doing the Jillian Michaels Shred workouts.  It still amazes me how little you use your glutes while running.  GAAAHHHAH my ass is sore!

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  • I have ulterior motives for adding in the extra workouts too.  I gotta shed some fat, y’all.  I was really working on getting my body fat percentage down early last summer and then things got crazy when D’s mom went from battling cancer to being terminal.  I put on several pounds by the time she passed away.  I’ve taken them back off for the most part, but now I need to pick up where I left off last summer.  It was mostly out of sheer vanity until Tiina stole this from Runners World and posted it on her blog a few days ago.

Running-weight

I WANT THOSE TWO MINUTES!!!!

  • To aid with this, I’ve started food journaling again.  I’m using MyFitnessPal.  I fucking hate food journaling, but it’s effective.
  • I’ve been curious for a while now, and I’ve finally taken the plunge.  I ordered some Hokas.  I’ve strayed from my Brooks Ghosts a few times and have always come crawling back, but I haven’t talked to a single person who didn’t like them, so I’m giving them a chance.
  • I am starting to form a real game plan toward completing a half marathon in every state.  It’s stressing me out.  I’m not a patient person, so the fact that I haven’t registered for 43 half-marathons over the next 6 months is a total win.  I’ve got a few picked out between now and June and have been researching potential contenders for several states, but it’s killing me that I can’t do them all RIGHTFUCKINGNOW!
  • I’ve always thought that people that run full marathons “for fun” were a little bit unhinged, but I think I’m becoming those people.  There’s a girl here in town that’s running a local marathon in March and I’ve kind of committed to running her remaining long runs with her.  She asked me recently if I was gonna run the marathon.  I guess it’d kinda be silly NOT to, right?  It’s super tiny and won’t sell out or anything, so I won’t register in advance, but there’s a very good possibility that I’ll be running a marathon “for fun” in less than two months.