Thursday, April 16, 2009

Running & Blogging

Now it's my turn to suffer a dry spell or blogger's block as coined by the word-adept Felice.

So, I have been patiently waiting for Thursday to try out a solution other word-deprived bloggers have found effective - Runners' Lounge's TIaRT. And thankfully, this time, the topic is not Technology Tips (I am a technological neanderthal) or Tips for getting faster (I am woefully slow) or How to Qualify for Boston (I wouldn't know...sigh!). This time, it's something right up my alley, having bared my soul for the past 8+ months on this blog...Running Blogs - How and Why?

How to blog...well, even a chimpanzee can start a blog, given a computer and pointed to blogger.com, so I won't pretend to be the authority on this. And as long as you stick to the general theme and maintain a steady stream of semi-relevant posts (everyone is allowed to ramble once in a while, no?), voila...you're a blogger!

Let me focus on why.

I started a blog, tentatively at first, to track my runs and report my race experiences, as most runners do. Soon, I felt confident enough to branch out to other topics...food, books, travel and other random events and experiences that fill my life. But the central focus has been and will remain, running.

Why do I keep blogging? Because I love this amazing virtual community I have discovered and become a part of. I never realized there were so many crazy running fanatics out there, who identify themselves as runners and derive comfort and pleasure from the number of miles they've run. Heck, I am beginning to think, I may not even be as crazy as I thought!

Blogging has become my morning cup of joe.
I chuckle as I read your posts....they brighten my day.
I draw inspiration from talented, seasoned, hard core runners, who brave the elements to get their workouts in.
I look forward to Mondays, to read Race Reports.
Posts on food make me drool.
I enjoy reading about your lives and lifestyles...you might as well be celebrities.
I am constantly learning tips and tricks of the trade, how to deal with injury, how to run faster (oh, I promise you, I will get faster!).
As I run, spin or drive, my mind is churning out blog posts.
Blogging keeps me accountable. I have to run, so I can blog about running.

Ah, my blogging family, what would I do without you?

18 comments:

trialsoftraining said...

this was great!! We all run-blog for various reasons, but I definitely think a common thread is "hey, I'm not as crazy as I thought!" ;)

...aaand...I 'churn out' posts while I'm running too. ha, weird? Who knows. But its totally true!

Count of Monte Christo said...

This is an excellent post and I think you word the opinion of many others.
The sense of community is much better than I even imagined it to be. And blogging and running stimulate each-other. I run to blog (among other reasons) and blog to run (among other reasons).

D10 said...

You blog for the same reasons as I. There really is such a great running blog community out there.

Pearl said...

for whatever reason you blog, i'm glad that you're here :)

Heather said...

I've loved becoming part of this running blog community - a whole world I knew nother about!

Marlene said...

I definitely share many of your sentiments. Looking back, I don't know what I did with myself pre-blog!

Melanie said...

Great post! You pointed out things that I didn't even realize fully... like monday morning race reports, and that there are other crazies out there like you and I :) Love it!

Ali said...

The running blog community are the best, supportive and motivational. I love it all too.

The Happy Runner said...

Did I infect the blogging world?!? EEK! ;-)

Yes, realizing that you are not as crazy as you thought is definitely one of the benefits of being part of the running/blogging community!

Erica said...

And we love YOU!!! I am thrilled you started this blog. I get excited and feel motivated by almost every post you write! You're honest and hardworking! Keep up the great work!

Roisin said...

Cool! And ditto about you, by the way!

aron said...

seriously, i wonder what i would do without my bloggers!! SUCH an awesome community :)

joyRuN said...

I'm in 100% agreement!

lauren said...

great reasons! oh and I wld definitely love some simpler recipes you have. I have always felt intimidated about cooking Indian food, but i LOVE it, so I want too. There is a specialty store near me where I could get any unique ingredients or spices. thanks!

lindsay said...

excellent reasons! i have enjoyed reading about your running as well, and more recently the food and other additions as well. don't know what i would do without blogs to read and google reader to feed them to me... might actually get something done at work! ;)

Amy said...

yes, I agree!! After my long vacation, I was debating whether it was worth blogging all the time. But the other bloggers make it SO worth it. :)

J said...

I think about blog posts all the time! Driving, running, everything! It is crazy!

X-Country2 said...

I've gotten way more into blogging than I thought I would be. Crazy how much I've enjoyed it.