this post is part of runner’s lounge take it and run thursday. this week’s theme is: running blogs, how and why.
i started my running blog pretty much right when i started running. i have a couple friends who have blogs and i was always reading theirs but didn’t really know what i would write about for my own. then i decided to train for my first marathon through train to end stroke and had to do a lot of fundraising for it. i thought a running blog would be a good way to keep my friends and family updated on my training and fundraising efforts throughout this process. i really had no idea what i was getting into or what it would turn into.
from there i started reading a couple running blogs i found, and once you find one blog you can usually find a ton. i would get lost in the webs of following people’s comments to their blogs, to other commenters to other blogs, to people’s blog rolls and pretty soon i had a really long list of links that i would click on every day. eventually i found google reader which has definitely helped my blog reading efficiency. i have also increased from around 20 in my blog roll to well over 200!
it took me a while to start commenting, but once i did that’s where the really fun and positive aspects of blogging come in. i have discovered this amazing network of incredibly talented, dedicated and supportive runners. if i have a problem or a question, i post it and bam i have answers. if i am feeling down or unmotivated, i go read a couple blogs and bam i find my motivation. if i just had the best run ever, i post it and bam i have people celebrating with me. when i post a race report, i feel like i have a huge group of friends who are truly excited for me and routing me on. it’s a pretty awesome feeling.
the beginning stages of my blog were kind of all over the place, now i really focus on my training runs and other random running related topics i come up with usually while running. i also really like posting about what does and doesn’t work for me. so much of what i have learned as a runner is from other blogs, so any ounce of knowledge i have i want to share. i love being able to look back at my training and know how i felt each run and being able to read about little details of race reports. it really helps me to see my progress and remember little details i might otherwise forget. now i sometimes feel like my head will burst if i don’t get on the computer and blog about my last run. it has become a great outlet for my running obsession and its awesome to know i am not alone in it either
sometimes i really wonder where my running would have gone without this blog and without the running blogger community i have found. i am so happy and lucky to have found so many great people who i consider my friends, and even met a couple of my best friends through this blog!
thank you bloggers for sharing my passion, giving me support and constantly inspiring me to get out there and push myself! i hope i give you a tiny ounce of that back.