Here are the highlights of why I blog, why I stopped, what I've been up to, and why I'm back...
it's The RunningBratt Redemption!
I started writing this blog last January. I mainly started it because, after moving to CT from DC, I was spending all of my time as a stay-at-home dad. It is the greatest job in the world. It is also a great job that allows me to continue pursuing my "other" job, stage directing of professional theater, or teaching theater at the high school or college level. When we re-located after being in DC for 7 years, I had to start from the bottom again to get my theater work known, to meet new people, and to get hired in the area theaters. That transition was sloooow going, and in the meantime, shortly after finishing my 4th marathon, the Walt Disney Marathon in January, I decided to start a blog about it. As a ridiculously nostalgic guy, it seemed like a good idea to start keeping a memory of all this running I was doing. I thought it would keep me motivated to run with the marathon behind me. And to be honest, I had more time than I wanted, and creative energy to burn. So I started typing, then I started tweeting, and all of a sudden I had running buddies, virtual running buddies, friends and family reading this thing, and more people than I knew were talking to me about doing races together, advice on getting started, and more. It was overwhelming and amazing, and I loved (and still love) every second of it. I signed up for more races, I posted recaps, I tried to entertain and I REALLY found an outlet in running and writing. This lasted through my next marathon in May (New Jersey) and a half marathon in early June.
But then something happened...I got work! And then more work!
The theater business is a tricky thing, often a string of rejections, followed by a glimmer of hope, and hopefully with the right combination of timing and talent- a gig! Well, I had had my rejections all winter and spring, but I had my family and my running and I was doing fine! But then, through a chance meeting, a quick phone call and a kind word, I got a gig. I was working in the NY Musical Theatre Festival...and that led to another gig in the NY Fringe Festival. So all of a sudden I was working in back to back shows in NY, commuting everyday from CT - from early June to early August...
...And the running stopped. I guess it had to. When I was home, I was full time dad, and then commuting for two hours, then rehearsing for 5, and then commuting back home for 2, and then crashing...Repeat.
|My FringeNYC show|
So the shows finally ended, and I started to run in August a little bit, and I proudly declared that "I was back!" But that I got to direct OTHELLO, probably the biggest show I had worked yet, and that started in early Sept! Back off the treadmill. Mornings I was dad...afternoons I was director. It was an hour commute, and I would come home in the dark and CRASH...
|My name in lights|
AND in that time, my wife and I bought a new house, and through more glorious happenstance, I was offered a job directing and teaching at a prestigious high school in the area. But I had to start RIGHT AWAY. So, now, I finished moving, finished OTHELLO, got hired, directed the school show, got a new website for my theater work (www.sashabratt.com) and am still a dad, and oh yes, a husband. And finally, life has some order to it again...so I started running!!!
But I still didn't start blogging right away! Because I had started and stopped too many times. And it felt like a jinx. And in the 4+ months that running took a back seat, all that commuting and odd hours led to what it always leads to - terrible eating, fast food, and delicious frosty beverages...because as theater people we always celebrate our successes at the bar.
But even with all that I DID keep running. And even though we moved out of the condo that had the treadmill (I love running indoors, I know, I'm weird), I found out that my new job came with a full gym! And to add to my commitment I signed up at the local Planet Fitness, whose 24 hours are great for my nutty schedule! And I ran the Hartford Marathon as a relay with my wife, sister and "sister." I was a little bummed because I had signed up for the full and had to switch to the relay, but I got to run with people that I inspired to start running, and now they were inspiring me to get started again! I had two legs of the relay (11 miles), but felt good and added on extra and ran a total of 14 miles!!!
|My relay family from the Hartford Marathon Relay|
All of that PLUS, with my new house two blocks from the beach, I have a beautiful new trail to run that goes right along the water. So with all that...plus some well timed Facebook messages from friends, who completely on their own and out of the blue, asked me if I was going to start blogging again soon because they missed it, I'm back. I feel motivated, encouraged, recharged and inspired to run, write, and repeat.
|The view on my new running route!|
So thank you all who have sat and read all of this! Thank you for continuing to support me even when I was on a sudden hiatus! Thank you for inspiring me to re-commit to the running that I started 3.5 years ago and that changed my life.
I'm ready to begin...again!
|I'm coming for you Dopey!|