All Over the Place

I don’t post as much in this blog anymore. There are a variety of reasons. I haven’t been running as much. The stuff I have been doing isn’t running-related, and while this is my blog and I can post whatever I want, it’s a running blog and I’m assuming most of my readers initially came here for running. I’ve been going through a lot of personal stuff that I don’t feel like talking about on here, at least not yet, if at all. (But it’s all turning out sunshine and rainbows, so don’t worry about me.)

When my knee started bothering me, not only did that affect my running, but it affected dancing. I was just starting to get back into dancing – I guess at the sake of running. There are only so many hours in a day, and I learned a few years ago that when I try to pursue all of my interests at once (running, dance, soccer, music, among other things), I end up sucking at all of them and nothing is fun. So I know that I can only really get into one or two things at a time. I spent a couple of years really focused on running, and got a lot faster and ran a lot of races, including a marathon, and that was a lot of fun! I made a lot of friends through running, people I consider more than just “running friends.”

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But lately I’ve been itching to do other stuff. I started getting back into dance, and had one performance and remembered how much I enjoy performing. But I was registered for a marathon, and my knee was getting funky, so for the sake of my marathon bib, I stopped taking dance classes. Then my knee got worse and I focused on getting better. (And as you know if you’ve been reading, I still didn’t run the marathon.)

Now my knee is “better” enough that I don’t have weekly PT appointments and I don’t have any doctor’s appointments on my calendar. I’m “cleared” to do what I want, and obviously I want to be smart. But I want to dance. I mean, I want to run, but I really want to dance.

I took a dance workshop yesterday. (To prepare for an upcoming performance! SO EXCITED! But I’ll feel better about it after another rehearsal.) My knee is still emo. I had to treat it a little gingerly. I’m glad that this routine will be done barefoot because I don’t really want to risk dancing in heels.

The other obstacle is that like anything, dancing costs money. Classes cost money. Pasties cost money. (And, uh, dance clothes, when you actually wear them, har har.) We still have the debt monkey on our backs and the holidays are coming and yadda yadda, here we are yet again. Classes will have to wait until they make sense in our budget, and maybe that wait will be better for my knee.

Anywho, this is all a very round-about way to say that I don’t know what to do with this blog, to be honest. It’s not like I’m going to stop running, but I don’t really know how much running defines me anymore, you know? Is running a big enough part of my life that I feel like maintaining a blog with “runner” in the title?

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Yes, this is an old pic of me and my bro. I’m still pissed that I seemed to have lost that costume in our various moves. 

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15 Comments on “All Over the Place”

  1. I don’t think you should let the runner aspect define you! I was going through a similar struggle, but I’m just going with it and writing about what I want. It’s hard because a lot of my readers/blogs I read are about running, and I feel like I’ve had the restart but that’s ok.

  2. I’ve had similar thoughts about my blog. Not that I was ever specifically a running blogger, but in general, I don’t know how much of what’s happening in my life right now I can write about, or how much I even want to. I’ve been doing a lot of living and really enjoying life again, which has made me feel the need to write a lot less than I was at other times. But as others have said, do what you want and we’ll all still be here for you, our friend that hhappened to run at one point.

    1. I’m definitely in the “I’m enjoying life but don’t feel the need to write about it” boat. Sometimes it’s nice to just live your life without thinking about what you’re going to say about it.

  3. Enjoy life! We all take breaks, or evolve into something better! You’re an awesome person regardless, and I’d love to learn more about the world of dancing! Or whatever else you want to talk about…

  4. In echoing everyone else-do what makes you happy. Write your blog. Don’t write your blog. Don’t worry about your readers- do this for yourself. Hope you are able to dance and that the emo knee doesn’t stop you from enjoying yourself.

  5. But… but… Maggie! How will I know what’s going on with you if no blog!! 🙂 Seriously, it’s awesome that you are so enthusiastic about dancing! Do what will make you happy, regardless!

  6. So the head of Chicago Running Bloggers is not running and not blogging anymore? At least you are still in Chicago! Lots of people seems to be killing off their blogs now. It makes me sad. 🙂

  7. I am happy you got the clearance to dance and hope you can do a bit of it despite the monetary cost!

    Oh gosh… change your title if you are bothered that it has “runner” in it… and you still want to post. Or don’t post. Or don’t change it and post! We come here to read about your life. It’s okay if running doesn’t define you. One thing never should!

  8. Oh girl, we should talk about this. I’m running into the same issue with my blog. I mean, I still run and lift and all that but…I am having an awfully difficult time feeling motivated to write a whole blog about it.

    Do you think you’d at all be interested in blogging about dancing? I don’t know of many – actually ANY – blogs that focus a lot on dancing (except pole-related ones) and I would be into reading about that.

    1. Lately I’ve been thinking A LOT about the sex positive … movement, for lack of a better term. I don’t know if I feel like enough of an “expert” to start a blog on it, but whatever, how many bloggers are truly “experts”? Sometimes the point of blogging is to explore your thoughts when you aren’t an expert. Anyway, burlesque is definitely part of my many thoughts on sex positivity.

      I have http://21stcenturyburlesque.com/ in my Feedly, it’s got a lot about personal experiences, events, tips, analysis, etc.

      1. That’s basically why I started my blog! Of course now that means there are things I’ve written that I don’t agree with now, but I like to think of it as documentation of my evolution as a thinker in a particular field.

        You should definitely think about it if it’s something that interests you.

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