Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's a Numbers Game

There's something I've learned about myself over the past year. I really am all about the numbers. It's easier to measure progress against something quantifiable than it is to fairly evaluate qualitative progress. At least it is for me, (and probably for most of us) when it comes to seeing how far I've come. So here are some stats:

Sober Stats:
725 days sober

I am almost at my 2 year mark. In one week I will sigh with relief that I've made it this far (I'll write more about it then).

Blog Stats:

100, 964 Pageviews (total)
9700 Unique Visitors (this is a bit low because I enabled GA later)
324 Posts

WOW. When I started this blog two years ago I really never thought anyone would read it...well, maybe 10 people...and only once. It is amazing to me that so many of you have read my thoughts, offered support, and helped me get and stay sober. Thank you.

Running Stats:

1011 Miles run in the last year
 5.2 mph Average speed in September 2011
 6.9 mph Average speed in August 2012

I would write out my monthly distances, but you know what? I basically took most of the summer off. My running looks like a true bell curve from the start of last year until the end of this year. I am exceedingly proud of what I've been able to accomplish in the last twelve months - one 5 mile race, a 1/2 marathon, and a full marathon - but more than the races, I've managed to continually find the motivation to keep on running. New goals, new targets, and new perspectives keep coming to me. I'll write more about that later too.

There is more to come on this dear old blog. I'm in the process of working it out. Thank you for continuing to read the archives in the meantime.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

And We're Here

I hadn't intended to take a hiatus from writing, but the sheer volume of stuff to be done took over. In some ways it was like riding a wave - go with it or drown. Luckily everything came together and our furniture arrives today. I won't say it hasn't been difficult. There are still things to be dealt with and the girls will miss the first day of school despite my attempts to get us here. On the other hand, it's starting to feel like home even though it's been less than a week since our arrival.

Time away from the blog has given me a bit of perspective. I'm not sure what I want to write here. I feel stilted. Even right this second, everything I'm writing feels strange and unnatural. Boring and pedantic. It feels more like a journal than it does a blog these days. What do you want to read about?

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