About Me


I love running. At this point in my life, it’s what’s keeping me sane. I’ve been running off and on for about 10 years, more seriously for the past 5 or 6. I’ve run many races, but never paid too much attention to my training, other than looking at my mileage on Nike.com. Oh, and eating pasta before a race. Pretty hardcore stuff.

On January 12, 2013, I ran the Bandera 50K in Bandera, Texas. It was my first “ultra”. While it is technically an ultra, it’s really just a stretched out marathon. I’m not saying it was easy, but I want more miles! I did really well for my first 50K, thanks to following my training schedule and eating right the week before the race. ( Yes, there was pasta involved. )

But I want to run “real” ultras: 50-milers and eventually 100-milers. Running big miles requires a lot more attention to training and nutrition. Since I’m new to ultra running, I want to take notes on this grand adventure so I can learn what works and what doesn’t. I’ll probably compile a huge list of educational mistakes, and maybe find a few nuggets of wisdom along the way. Maybe you can save yourself some trouble and borrow my notes.

And then there’s the artist half of me. I’ve been making art longer than I’ve been running, but for various reasons, it hasn’t brought me the same fulfillment running has. So I’ve recently changed from identifying myself as an Artist that happens to run, to a Runner that happens to make art. And that has made a tremendous difference in my happiness.

So when I’m not running, I’ll be painting, making postcards, doing  “photography,” and occasionally building furniture. Oh, and I’m always playing Words With Friends, which is an art.

* * * update Dec 8, 2013

Originally this blog was mainly about running. However, I have decided to split the focus between making Art and running. Part of the shift includes a name change. The name “Shortcuthills” was created just for the running blog. “Shutupbecky,” on the other hand, has been my screen name ever since I opened my first email account in 2000. It is part of me. I am shutupbecky.

So it remains to be seen what there is to write about making art other than showing it. Maybe art will be just pictures and running will be just words…

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