And now, a break

from our regularly scheduled marathon training programming.

No, I haven't stopped training. It's quite the opposite in fact. I have the Disneyland Half Marathon coming up in about two weeks so the training has been taken more seriously. I do however feel that the front page of my blog has become a bit... well, off character. This isn't to say that running hasn't become a substantial part of my life but it isn't the one thing that makes me, me. And we definitely can't have that.

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I feel like falling back on marathon training as a blogging topic is the easy way out. It's easy to tell you how much one run sucked, how I found a new route, or what I'm wearing during my training. What's not easy is coming up with topics that are interesting and go beyond just marathon training. I could be wrong in saying that you don't come here to read about just running - maybe that's the ONLY reason you come here. And if that's the case, then my bad. But I'd love to take a bit of a break from that.

With how insane everything has been this summer, i feel like it's definitely time for some reflection before the summer ends so I can take advantage of whatever I wanted to do before the city gets coated in a blanket of white. I won't lie, aside from being busy, this summer has also been rough on me health wise. (We'll talk about that another time. Hopefully a post will come that brings answers to not just me but others as well.)

Living in New York, we take a lot of things for granted. The fact that we can have our lunches outside and probably have a pretty awesome view. I don't need to talk about the world class shopping (only maybe to be rivaled by my hometown of Las Vegas) or the sunsets that take your breaths away on the river. Or the fact that you can probably find a world-renowned chef owned restaurant block after block.

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I guess what I really want to say is, no matter where you live, I hope you take the time to enjoy your surroundings, regardless of the weather or the annoyances of daily life. I hope you'll take the time to enjoy each moment.

Life moves fast. I checked Timehop for fun today and exactly a year ago today, i was on mediabistro, Mashable job boards, LinkedIn and many other sites trying to find a job to start my career in a city I've only been to once. Well, fast forward to now, I live in NYC, have gotten engaged, work in the industry I love, still consulting in said industry outside my 9-to-5, and marathon training. What. A. Difference. If you asked me last year where I thought I'd be in a year, my current life definitely isn't what I'd think. At least not with all these aspects.

This post was basically a brain dump for what I've missed over the past two weeks. And I wanted to thank you for sticking through it with me. This isn't the easiest blog to follow but it is me. And if you know me outside of the blogosphere, you know this is exactly how I am.

And now, we'll resume to our regularly scheduled marathon training.

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