I just logged in to my site to catch up on replying to comments and wow. I haven’t been here since April! Last time I disappeared for a while, it was for mental health reasons and I was surprised to learn that people were worried.
My living situation changed during the pandemic and since then it’s been difficult finding time and space for preparing and photographing blog recipes due to my current shared kitchen/pantry/fridge.
That being said, the actual main reason I haven’t been focusing on the blog, is that I decided to push myself to compete at a more elite level in ultramarathons, something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Unexpectedly becoming a remote worker gave me the flexibility I needed to take the plunge. It’s been an incredible outlet for the excess of energy that I suffer from as a person. It’s also incredibly time-consuming! Over the past two years, I ran 70-100 miles per week to prepare for and compete in a 100 miler race, the Grindstone 100, including a tuneup 100k event along the way.
I’ve been making a lot of home-cooked food for myself and it’s been spartan and fuel-oriented. White rice with tempeh and veggies or easy noodle stir-fries. Perhaps a batch of whole wheat pasta with Rao’s sauce and beans. Giant fruit and vegetable protein smoothies in the morning. I’ve been feeling so amazing and crushing all of my runs for two years now, and a week ago my race happened and I won first place! I felt invincible and I was able to run across the finish line, 100 miles in, with the love of my life by my side.