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Just A (Running) Fool is dead, long live Unfinished Person

Honesty is such a lonely word. It was this phrase that awakened me at about 5:30 yesterday morning.

Just A (Running) Fool is dead.

Long live Unfinished Person.

In January of last year, I moved this blog to my main blog, an unfinished person (in an unfinished universe), and then later in the year, moved it back here with cross-postings there.

Now I’ve come to the realization (read: honesty) that it is time to lay this blog to rest. Further running-related posts from my life will be done at the unfinished person blog. Please update your readers to follow my journey ever toward becoming a more complete person than I am now. That struggle never ends, because the now is ever fleeting.

The reasons for the closing of this blog are many, and are magnified for me by the recent closure of Humor-Blogs.com, but come down to two main factors:

  • Time: When I began this blog, I was workinga full-time job as a newspaper editor. Later, I began work as a part-time newspaper correspondent. I recently have started two new part-time jobs: as a librarian assistant and as an online freelance writer.
  • Energy: I don’t have the energy to keep up this blog, a reading blog I had, the unfinished person blog, plus Unfinished Rambler.

Brief blog history (for those playing along at home):

Blog history (not including a brief experiment with Vox, unknown date, because I removed blog; others still exist in the backwaters of the Interwebs until… ):

  • October 2005: Just A (Running) Fool begins
  • Dec. 12, 2007: Journey with the Saints begins
  • March 13, 2008: Unfinished Person is born
  • April 24, 2008: Just A (Trail Running) Fool begins
  • April 25, 2008: Just A (Reading) Fool begins
  • April 28, 2008: Unfinished Rambling(s) begins
  • November 2008: Unfinished Rambler is born
  • March 17, 2009: An unfinished person II debuts on Tumblr, as supplement to Unfinished Person and Unfinished Rambler blogs.
  • Jan. 23, 2010: The journey continues

Please update your readers accordingly and follow me at unfinishedperson.com.

Update reader: Inauguration of a new blog

Today is not only a historic day for our nation, but on a much, much, much (not enough muches here to show how infinitesimal on the scale) smaller scale, for me and my blogging.

Today I inaugurate a “new” blog, an unfinished person in an unfinished universe.

This blog, just a (running) fool along with two of my other blogs, has moved to an unfinished person (in an unfinished universe) to integrate the parts of my online personality. Over the next few months, the transition will be occurring as I plan to switch to WordPress.org, but in the meantime, archives for this blog before 2008 will be found here at this site. I will provide a link at the “new” blog.

Please update your readers accordingly after visiting the site and clicking on the Subscribe via Reader button in the top right corner. See you all over there.

New Year’s Resolutions 2009

In keeping with the breakdown of this blog into three themes, body, mind and soul, I give you my 10 New Year’s resolutions:

Body

  1. Run at least three times a week and go to gym at least twice a week.
  2. Use WeightWatchers/SparkPeople to assist with weight loss.
  3. Run/walk God’s Country Marathon June 6, three days before 40th birthday.

Mind

  1. Send out books as promised on Just A (Reading) Fool
  2. Combine three existing blogs, Just A (Running) Fool, Just A (Reading) Fool, Journeying with the Saints into this blog, and for less serious blog entries, use Unfinished Rambler. So short version: Cut back to two blogs.
  3. Get a job. Now working two part-time jobs, as a newspaper correspondent and at a small town bookstore, but need a full-time job with benefits.

Soul

  1. Attend Mass regularly.
  2. Pray Morning and Evening Prayer.
  3. Become oblate for Mt. Saviour Monastery.

Overall: Spend more (quality) time with The Wife.

Three years and counting

Three years, two days ago, I began blogging here, on my blog Just A (Running) Fool. My original purpose for blogging was to chronicle my journey to run a marathon by the time I was 40. On June 6, 2009, three days before my 40th birthday, I will be running that marathon, God’s Country Marathon in Potter County, Pa. (even though I am a long way from ready).

On Dec. 12, 2007, I began my second blog: Journeying with St. Ignatius to chronicle my journey that had begun in October to complete the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. My first post was What are these “Spiritual Exercises”? Since I completed the exercises in May, I have changed, and am continuing to change, the focus of the blog to incorporate other saints, hence, the title: Journeying with the Saints.

In January or February of 2008, I began a blog to chronicle my reading on a blogging platform I’d rather not mention because it sucked– and also I have since deleted that blog, though, some of the entries remain with another blog.

On March 31, 2008, I began a new blog an unfinished person (in an unfinished universe) with the idea of it serving as a portal to the other three blogs, connecting them all thematically: body, running; mind, reading and soul, devotions. The first post there was Hanging up and starting over (cue the music).

On April 21, 2008, I began a blog that didn’t fit into the body, mind, soul paradigm and was just for fun called Unfinished Rambling(s). My first post there was Sign sign everywhere a sign. Since then, the blog has become a “humor blog,” with it being listed on Humor-Blogs.com.

Then on April 25, 2008, I began another reading blog, Just A (Reading) Fool to chronicle my reading past, present and future with this post.

In all, since Oct. 27, 2005, I have had a total of 735 posts (not counting the posts on the blogging platform I didn’t want to mention and with some of those being cross-posts across several blogs) and a total of 30,446 viewers, which while nowhere nearing the number of viewers of Dooce (no link required, I’m sure you can find her), I’m still impressed, especially with the growth of my book blog, Just A (Reading) Fool, which continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

So what’s next?

What I’m planning on do within the next few months, probably toward the start of 2009, is combine four of the five blogs into one and switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. The four that will be combined under one umbrella, an unfinished person (in this unfinished universe) at unfinishedperson.com, are: just a (running) fool, Just A (Reading) Fool and Journeying with the Saints.

The fifth that will remain its own separate blog will be Unfinished Rambling(s), with the title perhaps being changed to (gasp! this is really drastic) Unfinished Rambling. I am leaving this one separate, because I consider it the alter ego to unfinished person with the persona there being unfinished rambler.

I already have four posts per subject, body: running; mind: reading; and soul: devotions, per week planned, which will include some themes I’ve already began. For example, I will continue participating in The Sunday Salon as well as my own Monday’s Memory and other theme-related days in which I either I participate or have started.

Why change it? The main reason is that from the start of unfinished person, I envisioned the other three blogs as showing the elements of what an unfinished person is: body, mind and soul. This will fit in with the holistic theme for which I was aiming from the beginning and give readers insights into the different pieces that make up this unfinished person (me) and in turn, make up us all.

At Just A (Reading) Fool, I already celebrated with a giveaway in celebration of my 200th post, but in the near future, I will celebrate my three-year anniversary of blogging on my other blogs with giveaways as well. I just haven’t decided what I will be giving away on the other ones, although I have one idea for just a (running) fool.

For more on my blogging, see this interview done with me for The Great Interview Experiment by Followthatdog from the blog From Stage Dives to Station Wagons.

I’m walking

It’s been over a week since I announced that I’ll be doing the God’s Country Marathon on June 6, 2009, three days before my 40th birthday and yet I haven’t restarted my running for almost three weeks now.

Not all is lost, though. I got a part-time job at a bookstore in my hometown and we got rid of my old, beat-up (mostly by me) car. So now, as the song says, “I’m walking”. It’s a start.

Until next time, I’ll leave you with this clip I found of Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson together singing Fats’s classic. Enjoy.

God’s Country Marathon 2008

I.

The last time I wrote in this blog, I wrote of discipline of the body, mind and soul. Then as too often is the case, I promptly fell and haven’t run in over a week.

Before this, I already had been thinking of “bowing out” of this year’s Bald Eagle Area Mountain Megatransect, but with less than three weeks to go to the event, this latest “slip” confirmed it. So this weekend, I sent an e-mail to one of the race organizers to say I would not be participating this year.

II.

My goal when I began this blog was to run a marathon by the time I was 40. Earlier this year, I rationalized that by completing the 24.9 mile Megatransect last year, that with its total elevation gain of more than 5,000 feet across those 24.9 miles, it was more than equal to a marathon and so fulfilled my goal.

However, now I am thinking that in my mind– and perhaps in the minds of others– that 1.3 mile difference makes all the difference. If my goal originally was to run a marathon and I don’t complete that goal in mileage, then have I really completed the goal? In the end, the answer is no.

III.

So to that end, I am signing up for The God’s Country Marathon in neighboring Potter County, Pennsylvania (I live in Tioga County), which is on June 6, 2009, three days before my 40th birthday.

On one hand, if you look at the course, it’s not a major change from the Megatransect, in that it has its share of hills, including one major one called Denton Hill. But on the other hand, it has something the Megatransect doesn’t: 1.3 miles.

Update: unfinishedperson uses, recommends the following apps

Added to my about page above here and also to my other blogs (in the tradition of bands reciting lists of what brand of instruments and tools they use):

unfinishedperson also uses and recommends the following apps: