Hello again! It has been almost a year and a half since our last post on Technically Running, and to be honest, for much of that time, I wasn’t sure if we’d ever come back to it. Between finishing my PhD at the end of 2014, moving to a new city and starting a new job in 2015, and some rough personal experiences in the past year (obligatory “F**k You, 2016” – link NSFW), I am not afraid to admit that running and writing about running was pretty much the last thing on my mind. It’s 2017 now, though, and although the first month has continued to be tough for me and many of my fellow Americans, I’m ready to get back on the horse and declare this my personal year of “Take No Sh*t/Kick All the Ass”. I hesitate to call it a resolution as much as a new life philosophy, but the New Year really does feel like a chance to make a fresh start (cliché, I know, but I don’t care!).
A major part of my new TNS/KAtA philosophy is to take back control of my body and get back to something I love: running. Steve and I have been making positive strides in this respect and have actually hit the gym a few times this month. Before January, I hadn’t gone on a run since the end of last summer (and at that point, I was running very infrequently and had been for some time). Although I’ve lost much of my speed and endurance, it feels so, so good just to move again. We also signed up for our first trail race — a half marathon that takes place in September over Labor Day weekend. I’m a little nervous, but I’m embracing the challenge. I think a return to Technically Running is a necessary part of this process, too. This blog started as, and has always been, a source of motivation for us, and I’m feeling really excited to start sharing my experiences with everyone again. To our readers (if you’re still out there): I can’t promise that I’ll be able to post very often, but I do hope you’ll continue to check back. I’d also love to hear your stories about returning to running (or any other activity you love) after a long absence and/or your goals for the New Year, so please share in the comments!
Meagan is a geochemistry research lab manager, runner, Netflix binge-watcher, and Mom to a rescue dog, a bunny, and a human child. She started running in May 2011 and ran her first half marathon in October 2012, followed by her first marathon in October 2013. In July 2018, she joined the triathlon world and completed an Olympic-distance race. After an extended break (pregnancy/maternity leave), she is making a long-overdue return to running and is preparing for a high-elevation half marathon at Crater Lake National Park in August 2020.