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Think back to the last week of elementary school before both Christmas vacation: if your childhood was anything like mine, those last few days of school were always woefully unproductive. The kids were insanely giddy with excitement over the impending visit from Santa Claus, the prospect of new toys, and a few weeks of a pretty much nonstop sugar rush from cookies and candy that would be available seemingly everywhere. The teachers, on the other hand, were simply ready for a much deserved mid-year break. The fact that their students were currently acting like fools, thanks in part to the endless supply of sugar cookies, only furthered the need for a vacation.
So, to fill the required class time despite the utter lack of focus, there were often Holiday parties, arts and crafts, and numerous movies. (If you were a kid like me in the late 80’s/early 90’s, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was likely in the rotation, followed closely by the original “Home Alone“, if your teacher was cool enough to let you watch such a movie).
This is a perfect description of how I’ve felt this week. Substitute Charlie Brown with hilarious YouTube videos of goats screaming, and arts and crafts with mindless Facebook surfing.
People keep asking if I’m excited to head to Colorado, and I’ll be honest, “excited” is an understatement. Combine the excitement with the evils of tapering (I’ve barely run at all this week) and it is safe to say that I’m pretty much downright useless right now, as far as work productivity goes. My boss isn’t too thrilled with my performance.
(I’m the boss, for what it’s worth.)
It’s taken me an entire week to write this post, as I keep getting distracted with a million other things I need to do, which are in turn distracted with the thoughts of beautiful mountain ranges like I’ve never in my entire life seen before. There are so many things I am looking forward to experiencing over the next 10 days, that I can’t even begin to find the words.
And I never have a hard time finding words.
I love the internet. It’s true. I love social media, and blogging, and having the ability to use these platforms to share my story and hopefully inspire, motivate, or simply entertain others. But with all of that said, I’m very much looking forward to this trip of a lifetime (or at least, the most badass opportunity I’ve had so far) to truly take in my surroundings, enjoy and appreciate two of my favorite things in the whole wide world (Geoff & running ridiculously long distances), and not be glued to my cell phone.
So, I’m officially checking out of blog-land until I return from our latest adventure in a few weeks.
I will be posting on Instagram when wifi/cell signal allows, though I won’t be going out of my way to find cell service. But I do promise to document the entire journey, and hopefully come back with one hell of a story to share.
Thank you, a million thank yous to all who have helped us get to this point, including (but not limited to!) Kahtoola, TransRockies Run, INKnBURN, Darn Tough Vermont, Yeti Trail Runners, and of course, our amazing friends and family. Your support means the world to us.
Next stop: the Colorado Rockies…