Are you there Blog? It’s me, Colby.

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It’s been a while. And by while I mean a WHOPPING year and a half since I sat down, cracked my knuckles and busted out the ol’ blog.  That’s crazy!  I think my last post was about a 3 day juice cleanse. Why? Not sure. Not sure why I didn’t blog, not sure why I embarked on a cleanse either. Although in hind sight, no clue why the hell I drank kale and celery for three days and passed on the tacos and IPAs of my own volition. Kidding. I actually felt great afterwards. It was a ‘reset’. And a good one at that.  I needed it.

It’s not like I ran out of shit to say. Christ. I’m a talking machine. Or races to train for and run. I actually ran two marathons – Vermont City and super recently Sugarloaf in Maine. One was a shit show (pun not intended) and the other a really strong “comeback” race. I’ll get to the “comeback” story later. It’s a goddamn doozy.  Scary stuff.  Or places to visit. I’ve been on several AMAZING adventures! We took a van out west and it was GLORIOUS! There’s enough material in those trips to power this little blog for 3 years.

So why haven’t I blogged?

Simply put, I just wasn’t feelin’ it.  I think for the past year and a half I’ve just felt pretty damn unmotivated all around. It’s like a Death Eater got a hold of me for a minute or two and sucked a little bit of my soul out. Which is sad, because I really enjoy writing little bits every now and then. About running, about life, about Drunk Otis…about anything.  I don’t even care how many people read it. I really don’t. It’s a creative little outlet that happens to be in a very tiny corner of the internet.  It keeps me thinking – of things other than work and the current state of affairs in the world which I equate to Living in the Upside Down.  Actually, in the backwards Upside Down. Good gravy.  What the hell has gone on! It’s funny because I think I blame social media for not blogging on social media.  Oh, the tangled webs we weave!  It’s so easy to get caught up in an IG rabbit hole or reading political commentary that seriously makes you want to stab yourself in the eye with one of those weird wooden spoons you ate Hoodsie Cups with as a kid.  Those things were like Smurf-sized tongue depressors. So odd.  I got sucked into all of it and then I got sick of ALL OF IT. Of opinions and commentary and people talking AT YOU. Buy this. Wear this. Like this. Follow this. Run like this. Train like this. Eat this. YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.  Gah. It’s exhausting. It’s like Information Fatigue. Fucking TILT.  I needed to step back. And take a breathe. And shutdown.

So what changed?

Not sure. Maybe it’s finishing up a marathon that really meant an awful lot to me. Maybe it’s having just spent 10 days milling around Arizona and Utah in a van with dear friends hiking and exploring beautiful places. Maybe it’s hiring a running coach.  I’m not sure. All know is that I just went to Google “Best Lobster Rolls in Connecticut,” and here I am, blogging. I’m glad I did. I needed it.

It’s good to be back after a cleanse.

xoxo,

Colby

34 thoughts on “Are you there Blog? It’s me, Colby.

  1. You may just have spurred me on to hit the keyboard and blog again too
    Not really even read other people’s blogs and not written since last year ! Cheers for the reminder to hit the keyboard again 👍🏼😀

  2. OMG YAAAAAAY!!!!! Sooooo stoked you’re back! Love your blog posts!!!!! *happy dance* would love to hear about your trips and adventures, running hiking whatever! Welcome back!!! Xxx CJ

  3. Welcome back.
    I blog a lot less than I used to also. I used to post several times a week, last year I tried to post on Friday or Monday. Now I post a few times a month.
    There’s just so much stuff to do and think about. I’m trying to find ways to dis-connect and/or do nothing. Running helps clear my head, but it’s an activity. Netflix has been a great way to sit my butt in a chair and do nothing. I still haven’t figured out how to do nothing and not feel like I’m wasting time.

    • It’s tough. I’ve actually started taking Drunk Otis for walks – he still runs with me when I run trails, but I’ve found just walking in the woods is a really good way to decompress easily. Running really helps me. But going for a walk with the pups is low stress, low energy, near “nothing” activity that really helps me feel like I’m not wasting time but not really sitting still either. And he loves it. 😊

  4. Where have you gone Marathon and a Sprint? A nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you. I fell off the blog wagon as a stretch of nagging injuries hampered my running and inspiration is definitely linked to running for me. No running equals no writing. I used to find humor in the absurd but now everything seems to so absurd that nothing is funny anymore.

    • I used to find humor in the absurd but now everything seems to so absurd that nothing is funny anymore. That may be the single best statement I have read in recent days. I will give you full credit.

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