I’m Back!

Have you missed me?  Actually gotten some work done in the absence of posts to distract you?  completely forgotten my little blog existed?  Well I’m BACK!  Since you’re not here for my lame excuses I’ll spare you the “I’ve been busy traveling and working 60 hour weeks” sob story.  Long story short, I’m here now and I promise not to go on another 3 month hiatus.  Just consider me the prodigal blogger. 

Luckily, I haven’t completely fallen off the face of the earth and have not been neglecting the important things in life.  Therefore, I have still been running and eating delicious food, I just haven’t been documenting it.  (Blogger question: if you do something blog worthy but no one gets to read about it, did it really happen?)

Hope the last few months have been treating you well.  Mine have been insane but generally pretty awesome.  Here are the highlights:

March: Get another year older, go out to celebrate.  Eat here and here.  Work gets crazy, adapt my gym schedule to accommodate.  Start working out in mornings.  Drink copious amounts of coffee to compensate.  Master the art of healthy takout while ordering dinners at work.  (Dressing on the side please!)  Find secret office chocolate stash.  Eat enough Snickers and Mr. Goodbars to counter any benefits obtained from gym schedule and ordering skills.

April: Remember I have a 10 mile run on May 1st.  Start to train.  Eat pizza at Zavino (I’m still dreaming about their pistascio pesto pizza.  And their butternut squash soup.  And their wine list. Duh).  Make a note as I’m typing this that I need to return ASAP and document for the blog.  Host pre-race pasta dinner.  Learn that homemade garlic bread is the easiest and most delicious way to carboload.  Consider eating leftovers for pre-race breakfast.  Decide to have a Cliff Bar instead.  Secretly regret that decision.

May: PR at Broad St 10 miler by over 4 minutes (yay me!).  Celebrate with Derek, one out of two roommates, and half priced bottles of wine.  Sign up for Philadelphia Marathon in November.  Hope I don’t do anything stupid between now and then.  Venture to Conshohocken for some Italian eats . Decide that sirracha hot sauce on salmon is pure genius.  Things calm down at work.  Suddenly remember what it’s like to have time on my hands.  Decide to direct attention towards neglected blog. 

And now you’re up to speed!

Here’s what you (and I) have to look forward to in the upcoming weeks:

This weekend:

I’m running a half marathon!  But not just any half marathon this is the ODDyssey.  Complete with obstacles, costume competitions, and custom brewed beer at the finish line.  Ummm yes, yes, and yes please!  I conned roommie Heather along for the ride too.  Costumes TBD but togas may be involved.  Then I’m engaging in some post-race festivities at my first ever Phillies game (can you believe I’ve lived in this area for 6 years and never been? Shameful). 

After this weekend:

– Marathon training!  There are people who ”ran a marathon once” and then there are people who ”run marathons.”  I want to be the latter and the only difference is another race registration.

Let’s do this.  Also, it should be nice to not have to plan training runs around winter weather advisories and not be the only one I know currently training.  Look out for a training plan and goals post soon.

– Moving!  We’ve been in our current place for two years and it’s time to move on.  Heather and I, not quite ready to part ways after 7 years of living together are in apartment hunting mode!  I’m already dreaming of the brand new kitchens in apartments I’ve been coveting on CraigsList in a trendy neighborhood conveniently located to my favorite running routes and running group meet up spots.  Look out for updates on the apartment search and my summer quest to find our new favorite neighborhood restaurants and bars.

Alright kids.  This catchup sesh has been refreshing.  I’m off to find actual work to do for an hour and then dig into some leftovers from last night’s dinner (Wild rice, zucchini, and portabella stuffed peppers.  Man I missed cooking after all these weeks of travel).  Since I have no pictures of peppers to share with you I’ll leave you with Zumba having an artsy moment:

Talk to you soon!