I know it's been a while since I've posted here, so I'm writing to check in briefly and confirm: I am still alive. It was touch and go there for a while around mile 20, but I did survive the Ventura Marathon! My race went very poorly, and I'm still trying to make sense of it all, but I'll eventually get around to the recap. In the meantime, life continues its roil and boil, and I'm having a great time with my "40 days to 40" countdown, which started in August and will end on my 40th birthday later this month. My goal has been to try at least one new thing every day during these 40 days, and now already three-quarters of the way through it, I realize that my list of "new things" that I want to try could last a lifetime. (And I hope that it will.) And while I haven't been blogging much of late, I have been documenting all of the fun (and the occasional sorrow) on the "40 days" tab of this blog, and I invite you to join me: http://www.therunnershi.com/p/40-days.html.