As usual, I’ve let things go far too long without writing about them. And, as usual, I’ve made an unofficial “resolution” to revive this site and write more regularly. We’ll see how long that actually lasts. (As usual.)
Much like the last time I did a life update post, I’ll do my best to not overwhelm you with words as I recap the past few months of my life for my grandmother. I’m not naive enough to think that anyone besides her will read whatever drivel finds its way onto this particular page—sorry Doug, no #revenlations this time!—so, for the rest of you, there will be pictures to look at instead.
In the spirit of what this blog is *supposed* to be about, I’ll start with a running update. I’ve been doing more than “very little” of it, but not much more. Actually, for the last month I’ve gone for a lot more walks than runs because of this guy…
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Yes, I finally got a dog! (And yes, he has his own Instagram.) And despite what you may think about your own dog, or other dogs you know, he is THE BEST DOG EVER. Tim and I wanted a pup who could hang during adventures and, after a lot of research, decided an Australian Shepherd was the perfect breed for us. We found this 2-year-old mini Aussie through an amazing rescue organization and have spent the last four weeks fawning over him the way I imagine normal people do over their small children. Eventually he’ll be a great running/hiking(/mountain biking?🤞) buddy, but he definitely needs to learn how to pace himself better first.
I also have some fairly exciting news that is more or less running related—at least in the sense that it will, in theory, push me to start running more often again— but I’m not allowed to share it quite yet. Check back the first week of February to read all about it!
As far as climbing goes, I’ve been doing even less of that than running lately…but I have logged a handful of gym days in the past few weeks. Much to my delight/Tim’s dismay, I tend to not lose my climbing fitness as much or as fast as I do other forms of fitness, so despite only climbing five or six days over the last couple of months, I can still outclimb him.
A fun development in my climbing world is that the 11-year-old girl I mentor (let’s call her “CC”) is starting to get into it! Just as I trust Flurry to be a great adventure dog in a few months, I have no doubt that CC will be outclimbing Tim and me by springtime.
Last winter, I finally got out to ice climb for the first time in way too long and reminded myself how much I love it. I’m hoping to get out again—and even more—this season (as soon as I pony up for a pair boots that actually fit me), so stand by for an update on that, too.
Tim refuses to buy me a fat bike and I can’t afford one for myself because I’ve spent pretty much all my money on the dog, so I have not ridden any bikes since November. But I did bring my road bike in from the shed the other day, and maybe in another week or two I’ll put it on the trainer and pretend like I’m actually going to get on it.
In the meantime, I’ve been having lots of freezing cold fun riding my snowboard instead—and I’ve even clicked into my skis a few times!
Despite having not written anything here since early December, I’ve had some things published elsewhere. Tim finally convinced me to start writing for goEast, and it’s been a pretty fun endeavor. If you’re interested and haven’t already seen them, here are the three goEast articles I’ve written so far:
I suppose that about wraps things up for now. If all goes according to plan, you’ll be hearing from me again in the very near future (like, next week, I hope). And just in case it turns out I can’t manage getting out weekly posts, here are a few more puppy pictures to hold you over…