Wednesday, March 04, 2009

If it seems like I'm writing often...

...I am. This week I'm finally feeling like me again, after several months of feeling like not enough butter on toast. My dad's doing really well, and life is returning to normal, where I don't feel so stretched. So yeah, I'm writing more.

You know, I've kept a weblog now for nearly four years. It started when I was getting ready to compete in the Women's Tri-Fitness competition in Las Vegas. I'd lost weight and decided to take the plunge and do something I would NEVER in my wildest dreams have thought I'd ever do. And since it was so unusual, I let my friends know if they'd like to know what it's like getting ready for a fitness competition, I'd be happy to send them updates. From there I started a weblog -- someone mentioned the word "weblog" and though I'd never heard it before, I did a little research and decided it was for me!

So I kept a weblog for about a year and a half (as Fortysomething Fitness), but ran into some family issues as a result of the blog. As a strong statement about my loyalty to someone I love, I deleted the entire blog. (I regret it a little, but it mended the relationship.) A few months after that, I started this.

I write when I have something to say. If I have nothing to say (or more likely, something to say but no time to type it), I don't write. So there's no rhyme or reason to the quantity of my writing. Well, there is one pattern. When I'm feeling good (and have the time to write) I write a lot. So multiple posts are like a mood barometer of sorts.

Finally, I'm so appreciative when someone reads what I write. I actually have no idea who reads this, except for the very cool Blogger "Follow this blog" tool. Confession here: I am subscribed via Bloglines to more than 150 blogs, in subjects ranging from fitness and running (or course!) to food and parenting (well, duh!), with a little homemaking, simplicity and humor thrown in. Do these people know I read what they write? Probably not. My theory on commenting is the same as on writing -- I only comment if I have something to say. Maybe I should change this, as I often read something and think nice thoughts about the author -- perhaps they'd like to hear this from the source? (Having said that, maybe I need to comment more often!)

So to sum it up, it's feast or famine here, with zero predictability as to what you'll find. But if you do stop by, I really do appreciate it.

BREAKING NEWS

I emailed the RD for the American River 50 and asked if I could still do the training run. She emailed back that she'd just opened 9 more spots for the race, and if I got on it, I could register. So (deep breath) I'm signed up (and paying!) to run FIFTY MILES on April 4th! More to come...

8 comments:

aron said...

YAY I love when you are writing a lot :) I love getting comments, so I am sure everyone else does too!!

WOW 50 miles!!! You are my hero :) I REALLY want to do an ultra someday :)

LizN said...

Leslie,
I like how you write even though I don't run much any more :)
Keep it coming!
Cheers
liz N

Anne said...

I'm glad things have come around for you again. And yipee -- you got into one of the most popular ultras out there! I've heard wonderful things about the American River 50M...I think you'll have plenty of good company.

Amanda said...

I'm glad things are going well. 50 miles?? You are a rockstar, can't wait to hear about it!

Irene said...

I know several people who have deleted their blogs because of family or friend issues... You are definitely not alone there! I'm glad you are blogging!

Best wishes on getting in all of the training for the 50M! If anyone could do it, it surely would be you!

tfh said...

Wow, you're signed up! Good thing you asked! Fifty miles in under a month... CRAZY and wonderful!

Marathon Maritza said...

Whoo hoo 50 miler! That is so awesome, Leslie!!!!! I can't wait to hear all about it!

BaddApple said...

I started blogging to get ready for a race and kept it up. I got grief from a loved on too about my blogging. I didn't delete mine, but now feel censored at times. Keep writing and so am I.