Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What's Going On?

Wow... I haven't posted in over three months!  Sorry about that (if there is anyone out there who actually reads this).  I wanted to update you on what I've been up to and what my future plans are for this blog, so here goes:

What's Happened Since October
  1. As in indicated in my last post, I finished my first marathon (Twin Cities) in October 2012.  I plan on writing a race recap at some point (although the details will be pretty sketchy, since I've probably forgotten most of what went on).
  2. Between late October 2012 and Early January 2013, I was very, very, very busy with work (one of the reasons I haven't posted at all).  I was also very busy training for the Walt Disney World Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge (the "Goofy Challenge"), so between work, my kids, my wife, and training, I really had no free time.
  3. On January 12 and 13, 2013, I ran the Goofy Challenge and was able to complete both races.  It was incredibly difficult, and I WILL write a recap of each race... just know that there was pretty much the cliched "Perfect Storm" of bad conditions for me, so while I am ecstatic that I finished the Challenged, I'm pretty disappointed with my times.
  4. Right after Goofy, my family spent some additional time in Florida at Walt Disney World... which I may write about a bit.
  5. After getting back from Florida, I'm just trying to get back into the swing of work (which has taken at least a full week so far).
Future Plans for This Blog

I've been a pretty terrible blogger, and I've struggled with what I want my "voice" to be.  Up until now, my blog has been way too conventional as simply a running blog.  While that's fine and good, there are SOOOOO many great blogs that discuss in much more detail the ins and outs of running that I can't really expect to provide the same level of analysis and insight... and I don't think I should.  I have enough things to worry about in my life, and I don't want to make this blog a continuous research project.

So, what I hope to do is refocus on what makes me somewhat unique as a blogger about running... and that is to focus on how I juggle being a professional (a boring old patent attorney), a father of two small children, and someone who tries to improve as a runner.  Because of that, posts about "hard core" running will be much more limited.  Similarly, posts with product reviews will also be much more limited.  I do want to share my feelings about products, but I just don't have the time to give it the level of detail that would add any value over the hundreds of other blogs and websites that are devoted to reviewing running equipment.

"Well then, what will you write about?"  Well, that's an excellent question, fake reader I made up to force the illusion of a conversation on my readers.  For the immediate future, my blog will be much more mercurial and subject to my daily whims.  I hope to write a bit more about my everyday life, including stories of my family and work life.  I also hope to write some creative stuff (think weird short stories, sketches, and the like).  Not because I think anyone will actually enjoy reading it, but because it's just something I want to try.  There will still be posts about running, and I do hope to write race reports and let you know what things I will be running in.... but my goal is to make this a much more personal blog from now on.  Maybe that means I won't attract very many readers... but I don't really care.

Anyway... there is my rambling attempt at describing what's up with me.  I hope you stick around to see what happens.

Mike
"The Running Daddy"