Happy New Year! Hope things didn’t get so crazy on New Year’s Eve that you couldn’t enjoy what is, in my humble opinion, the most inspiring day of the year. I kicked back a few strong stouts (like 8.5-12.5% alcohol), courtesy of my sister, but I started this morning with some apple/pear/carrot/ginger/beet/orange juice from our new juicer, and that pretty much took care of whatever slight cobwebs inhabited my head to start 2010.
Changin’ it up
As you know, I did a lot of thinking last week about goals, resolutions, and the like. And I thought a lot about what I want to do with this blog going forward. I have a surprise I’m excited to tell you about, but I haven’t quite worked out the details, so that one will have to wait for another day or two.
But I also realized something. I really enjoyed writing the post about inspiring books for my last post of the year, more than I’ve enjoyed writing any other in a long time. Ever since I qualified for Boston in October, I’ve felt like my ability to inspire with my blog posts has dropped off a bit. And as a result, so has my drive to write daily blog posts. I think this is to be expected; qualifying was such a huge goal for me that it’s not easy to top!
So I’ve decided to change the blog a little. I want to write better posts, more thought-out posts that are interesting to write and (I hope) entertaining to read. This means they probably won’t be daily; I hope to write at roughly the same 3-4 posts-per-week rate I’ve been doing recently, but with more time spent on them. I would like to become a better writer too, and though pictures of food certainly have their place on this type of blog, I don’t want the lack of one to prevent me from feeling like a post is worth publishing.
In a nutshell, I want the blog to be more substantial and inspirational, less food-and-training-diary. Still lots of running stuff, giveaways, product and book reviews, and of course, vegetarian recipes (and food pictures). And I hope I can bring about more changes in others this year, particularly in the way people think about eating animals. And Sweet-Tooth Friday won’t go anywhere; in fact, you might be seeing a lot more of Christine — another surprise announcement coming soon!
So maybe you’ll notice the change; maybe you won’t. I know I’ll have a lot more fun writing it, and I hope that translates into a better blog for you.
My first 50K tomorrow!
In 10 hours from now, I’ll have started running my very first ultramarathon —31 miles. And hopefully, in another five hours, I’ll have finished. Since it’s my first, I’m not at all concerned about time — that’s what she said! (Wait, what?) But I figure five hours is a reasonable estimate. It’s supposed to be a high of 29 degrees tomorrow, so that should make it interesting. And pregnant Erin and my dad will be there to watch me run, be my support crew, and take pictures and videos!
I’m really looking forward to it, and just a little nervous. I’m excited to rock my new trail shoes. A little risky to wear new shoes, but what the hell. Also, the drink I’ll have in my hydration system is one I’ve been trying out over the past few weeks since the company sent me a buttload of samples. And I have some extra samples and a little prize package to give away to one of you, so look for that along with my race recap!
Off to get some z’s before the big day!