I don't want to stifle any creativity by putting too many requirements, but this logo should be brandable and marketable. I'm a designer myself, so no hack-jobs.. this needs to be professional and creative.
The Race Is Long or TheRaceIsLong.com
professional, creative, brandable
Accepted File Formats:
Standard Web Formats (.jpg, .gif or .png); Vector Formats (.eps, .pdf or .ai); Layered Formats (.psd or .tiff)
Take a look at the blog. This should be the baseline "inspiration".. I frequently post about myself, my work, pet-peeves, etc. Some of the themes I use in my postings are based on the idea of "life is a marathon", "the race is long", "Slow and Steady win the race"
I'm looking for a logo that is brandable and distinct, that I can print on business cards, t-shirts, etc. This will form the basis of my own personal branding, so it is extremely important that it be professional and creative.