Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Turn, Turn, Turn

It's been a very long time since I last blogged. Let's just say I've been in a bad mood for six months and leave it at that. And while I can't promise this post won't be just a lead-in to another extended hiatus, I at least thought I could de-hibernate enough to poke my head out of my cave for a few moments and update my readers. All seven of you.


Truthfully, I think I've hit a wall with blogging. Over the course of a few years, I've covered every slightly interesting or entertaining subject there could possibly be on the subject of running. I've discussed in gory detail bodily functions and fluids. I've talked numbers and stats down to the seconds and tenths. I've recounted harrowing stories and wild adventures. I've whined over what hurts; I've rejoiced over what doesn't. I've spewed then regurgitated onto the pages of my blog everything that seemed even remotely readable.

And now... well... I got nothin'.

If this is to be my last post, I want to thank those of you who have stuck with me. I don't have a sidebar filled with hundreds of followers. My comment sections aren't packed with folks clamoring to respond with their own two cents. But despite the fact I haven't done a single giveaway for a fabulous free piece of running gear, I've had some terrific readers who have become trusted friends. Thank you for that. To every thing there is a season (turn, turn, turn) and I'll remember my blogging season quite fondly.

In the event I actually buck up and pull my head out of wherever it's stuck in order to keep writing... I am still running! I spent another winter season kicking my own ass, leaving puddles of sweaty determination on the asphalt around my town and on the floor of my gym. I just ran a very strong half-marathon over the weekend and races are lining up for the rest of the year. I am, if I may be so bold to toot my own horn, in prime shape right now. I lost nearly ten pounds over the holidays and have subsequently watched my paces dip lower and lower. I may be staring 40 square in the face, but I've got a bright future ahead of me with many an adventure (and a PR) still to be had. Turn, turn, turn!

If you'll excuse me now, all this turning has made me nauseous.

21 comments:

Mel said...

NO, I'm begging you... don't STOP blogging! I will miss you:(

Morgan said...

Sometimes I feel like that, that I just have nothing to say so I def get where you're coming from. At the very least you could write your race recaps for us to read and for you to remember?!?! Maybe?!?!? (Grasping for strings here) I became a reader late on and now you're telling me you're gone... maybe forever?!?!? I followed because your previous posts were great and you totally cracked me up. You actually helped convince me to do Ragnar Relay too! But I understand, life goes on... good luck to you and if you should ever decide to come back, I'll still be right here waiting.

Rachel said...

You are a great blogger - like you said a season to it all. I'm sure you'll have some more experiences you'll have to share with us through this medium!
You are doing GREAT on your running and you can't leave us all hanging about your upcoming races!! Congrats on dropping 10 pounds (from where I DONT know!) and watching those paces fall. That's what I love about running, age doesn't always make us slower! Keep up the great work and keep sharing with us.

Tammy said...

Aww, I hope you don't stop blogging completely. I get where you're coming from, though. My blogging is verrry hit and miss lately.

mintifresh said...

Just so you know, i check quite often to see if you've updated, so I would miss you but would completely understand if this was your last. But, don't let it be so! ;)

Kristyn said...

Don't stop blogging! I will comment to let you know my love! :) I do love to keep up on you........so please reconsider. :) And nice job on the half!

Miguel said...

Please you have continue with your blog!!!! I'm learning English and knowing about you and your running days!

I hope that your re-think. Why not? Think about the first day you start your blog... Take it esay but this is like a race, you've to be endurance!


All my loving

Psyche said...

Hey there- you just got another follower AND another comment!

What more could you ask for in terms of a sign to keep blogging?

Keep running.
Keep racing.
Keep blogging!

Melissa said...

I'm another reader who never comments. I understand what you mean about being burnt out.
I use my blog as more of a backwards day planner-what we did yesterday, etc. It also helps me sort through the things in my head that I can't figure out while running.
It's fun to look at things I posted a year ago and remember how different life was just that long ago.
Anyway, you're in my Reader so I'll be here either way.

Priyanka said...

I've been checking in every now and then. Great to see a post from you! Would love to hear about the weight loss and upcoming races. Would love to read more about you running progress!

Jodie said...

Say it ain't so. How else will I ever know what race you are running next? Oh, maybe if I ever came to visit you I could find out. My bad.

robison52 said...

I enjoyed your blogging as to watch your growth and to inspire my own lazy self to get out that door. I do understand that blogging can be a chore and time consuming as well, but when you have a chance, look back on your past blogs and be inspired with yourself...you've come a long way baby to get where you got to today (a semi-apology to Virgina Slims cigs)! Some, like myself, when they feel they lack something to still use their blog as a running journal.

joeyb said...

No you don't. No quitting. A writer may have some hiatus, they may even fade a bit. But you have a duty. You have a gift and you can't let that down any more than you can stop running. The two have developed hand in hand. It is rare when you love something like running and can express that love through another medium to challenge and encourage others. Your journey hasn't been alone at all. It has been done with your body and your mind, your wit and your intellect and you can no more leave it behind than you would leave a child behind. Perhaps during hardships is when you need to reach and stretch and claim even more. So, no, Angie, my dear daughter in law. You will forge on and you will make us all laugh again and again. You should be published in a running magazine. Perhaps that is the next step? Submit something. It works for you and it certainly works for everyone who loves to read your blogs. You have groupies....for hell sakes....you can never let us down. Now stop this nonsense, and write on!

Velma said...

Come back when you are ready! I love the blog.

Ovens2Betsy said...

I blame it on Facebook! Ever since I got sucked in to it I not only neglect my blog, I don't read others as much. But good to see you're still out there running!

Jen said...

And here I thought I was gonna get a Moab race review! I really hope that you get your groove back because I love reading your stuff. You have a real talent. And 10 DURING the holidays? Where did it come from and you are now my official hero.

Michael said...

Tall Girl Running,

If 17 people he taken the time to comment, and each one of us represents about 100 readers (probably way more) who won't comment because of shyness, don't know how, don't have the time.... Then, that means, at an absolute minimum, 1700 - 2000 people are readers of your blog.

I really enjoy your stories. You are a brilliant writer (not too shabby a runner either) so I would be disappointed if you closed the blog. I do understand how sometimes the well can run dry. Take my blog for instance, it's been bone-dry for sometime now, but I still have 1 or 2 readers so I blog-on. I also find that blogging about my running helps me stay focussed on the long training goals. Kind of like venting.

In any event, have a great day. And happy running whatever you decide.

Cheers, See Mike Run

Bill said...

I have never responded before, but I do read the blog. Please continue.
Bill in Providence RI

McClellan's said...

You go girl!!! I'm in the best shape I've ever been in as well. I think since the last time you've seen me I've lost about 35 lbs give or take. When you come this direction let us know. we are moving next week...we bought us a house and we have lots of room. Tell the family hello!

joeyb said...

see angie blog. see her nimble fingers on the keyboard. she her mind twizzle with ideas and spin stories out to fancinate and entrap her groupies. see angie not quitting, see her just beginning. there is no end. Rock on....always.

Nitmos said...

I feel it...what more can possibly be written after a few years? Hell, Runner's World recycles every 6 months.

But you are not constrained by editors. Let the imagination loose. Step on a twig during a run? Turn it into an epic battle between Foot Lady and the Branches from Hell. Get all surreal on our asses.