Getting Back On The Proverbial Horse


Life is full of obstacles.

Some are small. Others, large.

Sometimes you see them coming but, most often, you don’t.

However, it’s not the bumps in the road that define your life. It’s how you react to them.

I’m embarrassed to say that, lately, I haven’t been dealing with them well.

We’re the Fugawi!

Since moving to Boston, I’ve been feeling a like the friendly Fugawi tribe. Google it. You’ll see my point.

Those of you who have been keeping track have probably noticed that it’s been a while since I last updated Midpack Runner. That’s not to say I haven’t been writing (more on that in a minute). But I haven’t been updating the blog.

The truth of the matter is that it’s not just the blog that’s fallen by the wayside recently. The chaos of the move has also seen my plans to compete in the Portland Marathon thrown out the window. While not entirely preventable, that has left me fairly devastated.

But, back to the blog.

Regardless of the circumstances, I screwed up. You all deserve better than that. I appreciate you sticking with me, and I promise it won’t happen again.

So what have I been up to?

As I mentioned, it isn’t as though I’ve been doing nothing during my absence. In fact, I’ve been fairly active on a number of projects.

For starters, there’s the ongoing project of the blog redesign. That particular project, I’ll admit, I may be being slightly anal-retentive about. There are too many ugly blogs in this world, and I won’t let this be among them.

When the new site finally debuts, I promise you it will be worth the wait. However, if a brand new, easier to navigate site doesn’t do it for you, I’ll be giving away two free Midpack Runner tech tees in conjunction with the site launch.

Take a look…midpack runner shirt

Speaking of freebies, I’ve also been hard at work on a brand-new report on race-day fueling that I know you’re going to love. The report was born out of a couple of conversations I’ve had with Midpack Runner readers over the last few months. It seems there’s a gap between perception and reality when it comes to fueling, and I aim to fix that.

When it’s released in the early part of September, that fueling report will be completely free as a thank you for sticking with me during this transitional hullabaloo.

Finally, as a corollary to the race fueling report, I’m currently elbow deep in chia seed. That is to say, I’m expanding on my chia gel and chew recipes – creating a full-scale e-book with do-it-yourself recipes for the thrifty runner. The current plan (subject to change) will have that book available in time for the holidays.

So, as you can see, there’s lots of stuff still in the hopper this year. And, now that the dust is settling, there will be plenty more great content coming your way (provided Irene doesn’t blow me away this weekend).

What do you do when obstacles get in your way? Have you ever had to bag a race you really wanted to run? How do you deal with it? Tell me about your coping skills in the comments.

  2 Responses to Getting Back On The Proverbial Horse
  1. I am with you! We have been in the middle of preparing our house in Seattle to sell, buying a new house in Bend, OR, and just a general state of go-go-go for about 6 weeks, and it has seriously depressed my athletic motivation! But, I know that this is just a blip on the radar and my life will not be defined by whether or not I do or not run the final races I had on my schedule. (Fall half marathon = looking like a no).

    Sometimes you just have to take care of your life, and that’s okay! There’s always next year, and sometimes, a little time not racing can re-ignite the fire.

    Good luck in your new life in Boston!

    • Tim Woodbury

      Well put, Angela! It sounds like I need to get myself into your sense of perspective.

      It’s amazing how much time this whole “life” thing can take up, isn’t it? It feels like some periods are so full of “life” that you don’t have time to really live. C’est la vie, I suppose.

      Congrats on the move to Bend. What a beautiful area. And great running in and nearby to, eh?

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