All quiet

I love writing, but sometimes I feel like I have a limited supply of words to lay down. And unfortunately, I’ve had precious few of them left over for blogging over the last couple of weeks.

I’ve been working really hard on this other writing project. Okay…that’s an exaggeration. I’ve been intending to work really hard on this other writing project while being constantly distracted by Draw Something (user name: shelbyvanpelt – and no, I’m not very good at in spite of my love for MSPAINT, but it’s highly entertaining nonetheless.)

In any case, you haven’t missed much. For instance, I calculated my March mileage and it was ho-hum.

Starting the month off with a foot tweak and a bad bout of flu, I knew I wasn’t going to hit the 200+ mark, but still…I didn’t really bounce back from that like I should have.

This past week involved a lot of easy running. No speed work, and not even a real long run.

To be completely honest, I feel like I’ve already moved on from this marathon, and I’ve been spending way too much time thinking about all of the things that I want to do post marathon. Other fitness-y things that aren’t running. Because I love running, but I feel like I have a limited number of miles to give, and I’ve been coming up short all spring.

Gah. I’m just all out of sorts lately!

You know what will help with that…

Red Brick is one of the local craft breweries here, and I recently picked up a pack of their HopLanta IPA. Hoppier than a bullfrog with a stubbed toe, the label claims. Cute.

So I wasn’t blown away by this beer, but it wasn’t bad either. I’d call it medium hoppy, with a good dose of breadiness and not so much bitterness. Easy drinking and enjoyable. I expect it tastes better when served fresh from the tap on a warm patio on a summer afternoon…as opposed to out of a bottle from my fridge. 6.7% ABV.

Bottom line: Standard IPA that performs well at the local/regional level. (Purchased at Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market, $8/6)

So I want to get back to writing here daily or at least several times  a week, because I miss having that daily ritual…what should I write about? Are there any controversial topics in the running and/or booze world about which you’re dying to hear my uninformed opinion? No? How about random questions for a FAQ/NAQ? Fire away, friends.

17 responses to “All quiet

  1. FAQ

    If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

    If you could only eat 1 thing for a whole week, without feeling sick or getting fat, what would you eat?

    Besides running, what is your favourite hobby?

    Are you planning on having children? Every blogger seems to be popping ’em out at the moment!

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    That should do it for things I only just realised I wanted to know about you

  2. Draw Some takes up much more time than I’d think. When I first downloaded it, I wanted more games (and colors and bombs!), but now I feel a little annoyed when I get a new game request. I also wish it had an undo option and a paintbrush that allowed you to fill a whole area with a particular color.

    – how to make local running friends
    – dream races to run
    – moving how-to/tips

    I’m also a fan of the NAQ posts.

    • Yeah, when I first downloaded it I added a bunch of randoms just so I could practice and see how it worked…so I have a bunch of games going with people I don’t even know. I’m sure I’ll get burned out on it eventually!

  3. I just discovered Draw Something…between that and finding Burn Notice on Netflix I’m never going to get anything done!

    I spent some quality time being sick and now have a work schedule that hates me – my running is not bouncing back like I want it to, but its mostly because I’ve become insanely lazy. And easy runs are still runs!

  4. Now that I’m done “training”, I’m so confused as to what I want to spend all my time doing now in terms of fitness. The options are limitless, but I’m not feeling creative. I’ll probably end up running more… typical.

  5. As someone whose blog has dropped into oblivion once I stopped writing about baking, I sympathize with your limited words. Mine are currently going towards my thesis, which is less of an excuse than you might think. So, out of self interest, maybe if I give you writing prompts they’ll make me think of some for myself?

    – How do you scale mileage when training for a marathon vs. half? Longest run, pace, variety of workouts, etc? Do you see value in cross training?
    – How do you entertain yourself on long solo runs? (I ask this because once I get over 6-7 miles, I want to DIE of boredom.)
    – What is your favorite type of beer and why?
    – And as a fellow person-owned-by-cats, can we be introduced to yours? Names, ways they’ve plotted to kill you, etc?

  6. I’ve been feeling like I need a new workout routine myself. I’m kind of bored with my routine lately, a class here, some lifting there, insert standard cardio machine for 20-30 minutes… if only yoga didn’t cost your first born child. Even thought I didn’t have an amazing experience with the LiveFit thing, I did like that I had a structured routine that was a change from the norm. I need to find something else like that…

    • I’ve looked at the LiveFit thing, but I don’t know if I could drop to NO cardio/running at all…that would be hard for me! I’m hoping to find something I can do for a couple of months (i.e. the summer months, when it’s misery here) while still running a few miles here and there.


  8. Write more about how you started running in the first place. I for one am someone who has always viewed running as a challenge, but right now I am working towards viewing it as something fun to do. Give us a little history! (and tips for beginning runners, Please)

  9. Can you do another beer school series, or something like it? I loved those posts! Also, that beer may not have been super memorable but I applaud their pluck with that name. :)

  10. Turn this into a burn book.

  11. Questions/topics:

    Beers you love most/first beer you ever loved?

    Why run a marathon (vs speedy shorter distances that don’t require turning over your whole life to 20-milers)(can you guess what I’ve been thinking about lately)?

    Your climbing days!

    Favorite/least favorite track workouts (I like stealing other people’s track workouts)

    Possible controversy: Do you OMG! stop your watch while on training runs, and if so, can you still count your overall pace? What if it’s a stoplight vs. stopping to buy a week’s worth of groceries?

    And, since you’re thinking about maybe doing things other than running for a bit, what are some non-running/cross-training activities that you have previously tried and dropped like a hot potato?

  12. I’d love to see a marathon post from you listing which ones you’ve all done (I’m curious!) and maybe a “what went right, what went wrong.” Or heck, marathons aren’t the end all be all. Write about 1/2’s or your top ten favorite races all time. With all your past racing, I think you could also write a killer post on training & racing tips / mistakes. Just keep writing; we like you Shelby!

  13. Almost forgot – I love your wine posts! I’m kind of a novice wine lover and appreciate your reviews. Especially wine AND cheese. :-)

  14. You could write about Atlanta. It is a pretty cool city. I was thinking you might like to join It is a website for writers. I’m writing on that site and really enjoying it. You can read someone’s story and then write a story based on that story idea. Write about your history, write fictional stories etc.

    Maybe a post on your favorite running gear….