I am alive.

You can all breath easy now.  Cancel those funeral plans, I am alive and well.  Why did I fall off the face of planet Earth, you ask?  My answer is three-fold:

1) Shortly after posting about week 1 of training for the Marine Corps Marathon, I lost my marathon training mojo, and in turn my desire to blog about marathon training.  Why did I lose my mojo?  I’m not sure exactly.  Probably due to training and race fatigue, and several other factors that I will not discuss on the Internet because I would like to run for President some day (just kidding, Vice President will do).  VCM was pretty much my 3rd back-to-back marathon training cycle.  I am not one of those crazy people who can handle running 42 marathons per year.  Running zillions of miles takes a lot out of me.  Thus*, when it came time to start training for MCM last summer, I had zero desire to run far or fast.  My body was perfectly content to run 3-6 turtley miles a few times per week.  (FYI: “Turtley” is a technical term that refers to running at an easy pace.  It’s in the dictionary.  Look it up.)  I tried to ramp up my mileage and insert in some speed work, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  Finally, in late August after a 12 mile slog-fest, I asked myself, “Self, why are you ‘training’ for a marathon when it is the last thing on Earth you want to be doing?”  Upon realizing that I was not able to answer my own question, I promptly deferred my registration for MCM.  I run because I love it and enjoy eating copious amounts of food.  As my good friends Ben and Jerry would say, if it’s not fun why do it?

* UGH, I am such a lawyer.

Ya know what is fun? Going to DC anyway because your plane tickets are nonrefundable and drinking overpriced beverages at the W rooftop bar whilst spying on President Obama and Basil’s bff Bo.  MCM 2016 here I come!

2) I started a new job!  I’m still a lawyer doing lawyerly things except now the candy store is a whole 2 blocks away instead of right around the corner.  Okay, so this is probably the lamest reason for abandoning http://www.shannonsalembier.com.  (I purchased my own domain name!  Children, dreams really do come true.)  My hours are still pretty much the same (maybe slightly longer) and my commute only increased by 30 seconds or so.

3) Um, I swear I had three reasons when I started this list.

Fortunately, after months of turtely runs, I think I got my mojo back.  A couple weeks ago, I started increasing my mileage in preparation for the beginning of VCM training.  I’ve lost a lot of fitness and consumed a lot of cookies over the last few months, so I know I have a lot of work to do.  My easy pace is pretty much an entire minute per mile slower than it was 6 months ago.  The good news?  After just 3 weeks of running with purpose, I am already feeling zippier.

I also got this bad boy for my birthday and I’m pretty sure it will turn me into an Olympian:

Hello!  Is it me you’re looking for? I can see it in your eyes; I can see it in your smile; you’re all I’ve ever wanted; and my arms are open wide; ’cause you know just what to say; and you know just what to do; and I want to tell you so much; I love you.

I’ll try to update this thing more often.  I will certainly be back in full force once VCM training begins.

Over and out.



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