The hello, long-time no see post

Hey there, it’s been a while since my last entry. Sorry, I’ve been busy.

I wrote the following love letter to my city roughly based on an earlier post I published on this blog.

I then bonked at mile 18 of my fifth hometown marathon. I think my ego was a little more tender than my legs after the race. Less than a week later, and after three mind numbing days of swimming a mile each time in lap pool,  I ran 6 miles. I followed that with a 5 and then a 4 and then a 9.5 mile run. I haven’t stop. As a matter of fact, I completely nerd out and began saving each run onto a single Google map.

I’ve also been trying to adjust and make the most out of a new work schedule. I get up and am at work by 4 a.m. So, I have plenty of time to see the sunrise. I captured one with this time-lapse video:


A post shared by Brian Mains (@brian_in_cincinnati) on

And this really cool Twitter pic that got shared a ton on social media the morning before.

My new sleep patterns also effed with my head a little.

I’ve found myself questioning the point of certain activities, sometimes wondering if the things I do matter or make a difference, where I went wrong in some places, and I’m just not as enthusiastic about the future as I used to be.

Oh, I also turned 39 two days after that last marathon. Someone at work brought in these kick ass donuts from a  bakery down the street, so that made getting older somewhat OK.

I’m wrestling with the idea of change, a change. I don’t know what that change is, but it is coming.

Other than that, I’m trying to get a few story projects off the ground. I’ve started living by small lists to keep those things feeling obtainable and manageable.

I’ve read books. I’ve seen “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” twice.

Yeah. And I just keep running.

#100HappyDays photo challenge

I am not a sucker for viral Internet challenges. Every once in a while though, I’m asked to take part in something at just the right moment.

I’m a sort of glass half empty kind of guy. I have trouble not seeing the negative or limitations in most situations. Things can always be better. I was told by someone close to me that I knit pick.

During one of these talks someone offered up this silly 100 happy days challenge, or 100 days of happiness challenge (the Internet keeps going back and forth on this hashtag). Besides being a skeptic and nay-sayer, I’m also obstinate and contrary.

“I’ll show you I can be ‘happy’ and I can find something positive 100 days in a row!”

So, now I’m documenting those things that make me warm and fuzzy with one photograph a day shared through Instagram.  (Writing that makes me a little queasy.)

So, I’ve set up this project page, #100HappyDays, I plan to update with images occasionally.

You can also follow me daily on Instagram.