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!



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  1. Great goals for the new year! And good luck on your first 50k 🙂
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..First Run/Walk 5K recap =-.

  2. I like that idea of going for quality rather than quantity. When I first starting blogging, it was kinda boring to list my daily activities and food (at least to me). So, I changed it up, stopped posting everyday, I enjoyed blogging more which reflected in my posts, and my subscriber list and daily visits are growing at a faster rate. Good luck with your new blog plan!

    As for your ultramarathon, good luck with that as well! I’ll be rooting for you! That is so inspiring! I hope to do one eventually, but let me conquer the Paris marathon (my first!) first, and then I’ll see if I want to go further!
    .-= Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete´s last blog ..Happy New Year!!! =-.

  3. Thinking of you today as you run, Matt. Was hoping for an early morning run here but the wind chill is close to 0F so I will hold off.
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..Poetry – I Prayed Today =-.

  4. Good luck with your long run, hope the shoes stay comfy! Looking forward to seeing your new changes too.
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Creative Outlet aka Keeping Sane =-.

  5. Best of luck with the long run! 😀

    I like the sounds of the blog changes, by the way. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! 😀

  6. I’ll be sending lots of energizing vibes your way during the race!!

    Can’t wait to see the changes; I’m sure they’ll be great for both readers and you.

    All the best to you and Erin in the new year!
    .-= katherine´s last blog ..2010 Goals! =-.

  7. The changes sound great. It’s your blog, afterall, and you can do what you want with it 🙂
    Good luck on the 50 K!
    .-= Danielle (Coffee Run)´s last blog ..2010 =-.

  8. Good luck on the race!

    I love your blog and always find it inspiring! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.

  9. Can’t wait to hear all your announcements! Good for you for thinking about what you really want to do and going for it:) Good luck on your 50K!
    .-= rungirlrunn´s last blog ..Resolution Run- 1st Race Report of 2010! =-.

  10. GOOD LUCK TOMORROW MATT! what an AWESOME way to start out the new year – that is really inspirational! you may think you don’t inspire, but trust me – everytime i need a kick in the butt to run, i come here. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog .. =-.

  11. Ooooo…good luck with the shoes! Speaking of book reviews…have you read ‘Open’ by Andre Agassi? I’m not really a big tennis fan, but LOVED the book.

  12. Good luck on the ultra!
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Good Call/Bad Call =-.

  13. Matt,
    Ever since I first stumbled upon your blog (by cleverly googling “runners” + “vegetarian), I’ve been continually wowed by both the quantity and quality of your posts. You’ve inspired me to be a better runner and to finally take the veggie plunge. Best of luck with your 50k-especially if MD is as windy as PA!

  14. I hope the race goes well!

    I’m excited for the blog changes!
    .-= Katie (Life Discombobulated)´s last blog ..Good Times in 2009: Wrapping it up =-.

  15. Wow – changes sound interesting.

    Maybe since you have a support crew, but have your old ones around as back up? Sorry, new shoes make me nervous! Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do great! Amy
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..2009 in Pictures (mostly) =-.

  16. Good luck on your race tomorrow! I can’t wait to read your race report. Running ultras has always been something that has intrigued me…maybe someday I’ll run one of my own!

    Like other posters have said, I love your blog too and enjoy reading your posts. I’m looking forward to whatever changes you make!

  17. i look forward to reading more of your posts in the upcoming year. good luck tomorrow!!!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Farewell 2009-HELLO 2010! =-.

  18. Good luck tomorrow!! I can’t wait to read about it!
    And I’m sure what ever changes you make to the blog will be GREAT!!
    Happy New Year!
    .-= Bernadette´s last blog ..Out with the old… =-.

  19. Hi Matt! I hope that you did well on your first 50K! I can’t wait to hear about it.

    I decided to go vegetarian in September after reading a few books on the subject. I unfortunately cut out all meat in my diet cold turkey and it didn’t go so well!! I was training for my first marathon and I don’t think that my body responded as well as I would have liked. I added a little meat and felt better. I am now training for another marathon in May and am trying to do it completely vegetarian. I look forward to reading your blog and picking up any helpful tips!!


  20. Happy New Year, Matt! All the best for 2010 to both you and Erin.

    It’s my favorite holiday too…

  21. deciding new resolutions is always bringing up the spirit, I hope the writings will meet your expectation (and would pleased the readers, too).

    btw, how was your running?
    I hope you didn’t meet any problem, because 31-miles is way too much for me. Guess it’s not much of a problem for one that as fit as you.

    okay, have a great time and Happy New Year
    .-= Sioca´s last blog ..Digital Watches =-.

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