It’s been awhile since I wrote a blog and a lot of that has to do with my injury. I broke my big toe in the beginning of the summer, which sidelined several of my plans. It prevented me from running for about 6-weeks, during which I gained a lot of weight. Nobody had told my appetite that I had stopped running. Now I am locked into a battle with weight loss.

So let me recap my summer:

As my toe was healing, we took a trip to Key West, Florida with some friends. Key West is a great time for adults, but not so much for children. It’s a place of drunken debauchery, lewd jokes, and vulgar entertainment. Key West was not a particularly exciting place for me, but I had a good time with my wife and friends. We saw the Hemingway house and his six-toed cats, took a snorkeling/kayaking cruise, explored some old forts, drank a lot of beer, and ate lobster every day (a real hardship).

As soon as I decided that my big toe was weight bearing I began running again. I pushed myself, but with the weight gain, I lost a lot of speed and stamina. This was especially frustrating as I was seeing improvements going into the summer. After a few tentative weeks, I pushed myself up to 40-miles a week in an attempt to accelerate the weight loss.

What I ended up being was extremely tired and hungry. Then I would not make the best choices and re-consumed all the calories I had burned off. While my stamina increased, I was not allowing my legs to recover. I was beating myself up both physically and mentally.

At the end of the summer, we took a trip to Martha’s Vineyard. It is a beautiful place that I recommend people should visit. There are a lot of things to do on the island, but to find traditional adventure you have to think out of the box a bit. I was lucky to find a blog called Mr. and Mrs. Adventure, which pointed me to some unique ideas. They sent us to check out Island Alpaca, Martha Vineyard’s premier alpaca farm.

Returning from our trip my wife and I have started a new adventure, CrossFit. We kept talking about improving our physical fitness but always fell into the same traps. So we figured we would try something completely new for the both of us. Not only does this make us both newbies, but also it is an activity we can do together.

I will try to keep this blog updated and look forward to sharing new adventures with you all.