TIME TO TRIP AGAIN…

Hey Trippers,

I know it’s been a while… okay, a long while… but I’m finally back. Actually, I never went totally away but without a post in several months, I’m sure many of you wondered if I’d tripped my last Kenyan.

Nope.

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Thumbs once again are up!

And as you probably gathered from past posts, 2017 was a huge year of transition for me. Pretty much everything in my life has changed and mostly for the better. For starters, I’ve relocated from Los Angeles to Atlanta (for several reasons.) While I still love LA, over the last few years, the ATL has become a very viable film market and presents me with some great new opportunities. I do still plan to spend time in LA whenever possible (looking to hopefully be bicoastal) but Atlanta will be my homebase (the place where I hang my hat) for the foreseeable future. And my whole family lives in Atlanta, so that’s a huge bonus.

In addition, I’ve gone from being stuck in a less-than-satisfying longterm relationship to once again being a happy single guy. I’ve also got a new ride (out with the old SUV in with the new) and many many other changes.

Basically, I’ve totally kicked myself out of my comfort zone. So I’ve got that excited/scared combo going on.

Now the one major downside to my year of revamp is that all of the stress and cornucopia of changes really took a toll on my running and physique. There was a several month period where I was eating out almost every meal (murder on the waistline) and my normal running routine also went right out the window. As a result, I put on more pounds than I care to admit and my conditioning took a monumental step backward.

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Welcome to The ATL!

And while I did complete several races in the latter half of 2017 (including the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half and Atlanta Thanksgiving Half Marathon), I feel like I’m almost back to square one with my running.

So, time to start anew.

My running goal in 2018, and with Tripping The Kenyans, is to embrace the changes and chronicle the journey back. So each week I plan to post about the old & the new, the trials and tribulations, the milestones and the missteps. You know, the thrill of victory and agony of defeat… and all that stuff.

Tripping The Kenyans is going to cover how I’m crafting my new norm. My plan is to have a regular weekly post, with extra ones tossed in when the opportunity or urge strikes me.

I’ve got my first race of the new year, the Atlanta Hot Chocolate 15K, coming up in less than two weeks. And I’ve also lined up a tentative schedule of races for 2018 (that I’m sure will constantly be in flux) featuring several new events and a few familiar ones sprinkled in for good measure.

So it should be a fun time. I hope you check it out.

I’ll catch you all back here in a week.

Oh, and once again… Run on!

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Posted on January 21, 2018, in General. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Woot!! Congrats and welcome back! Good luck in your new (but probably very familiar) setting, and best wishes in your rally back. I had a rally back adventure myself last year (from emergency surgery that left me sidelined for three months)…. but it made for some great blogging & self reflection.

  2. Congrats! Total changes can be the best way to move forward. Onward to new adventures!

  3. Welcome back! And I have no doubt you’ll be “up to speed” with your running in no time, especially with everything seemingly settling in. On another note, sorry to hear about the relationship, but I hope it ended as well as it can for all involved. Live goes on . . .

    Glad you’re back.

    • Oops. “Life” goes on.

    • Hey Chris. Been following your races, you running machine you. I know it’ll take some time, but I’m excited for finding my new running norm. As for the relationship it, unfortunately, ended about as ugly as possible… but it’s something I’ve learned from and thankfully moved on. Enjoying my singledom again.

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