I have been writing this blog since March 2008. I started the day that I signed up for a class to learn to run a 5k. I planned to stop once I ran that race. I did not. I continued running and eventually ran half marathons and one marathon.
Many times, I have considered stopping.
I mean, what more is there to say? Does anyone care if I stop?
But here I am … still blogging!!
So that’s my topic for today: Five Reasons (as a Runner) to Blog
1.To motivate myself to run
You can’t write about running unless you run, right? I post my planned running schedule for the week and I feel guilty if I don’t do those runs (well, only a little guilty.)
2. To track my progress toward my goals
This was more important when I first started. My goal was to run a 5k. And I did. Then it was to finish a 5k under 30 minutes and I did. Sometimes my goals are more lofty than others. Several years later, I wanted to run a half marathon and I succeeded. Of course, then I added other distances, even a MARATHON. Sometimes my goals are to PR, of course, but mostly now it is to finish each race and to remain healthy.
3. To review my races to help plan each year’s schedule.
I love to run races. I can’t always remember when happened at each race. So I recap the race on my blog and then I can look back at my review. It helps me plan for the race by knowing the logistics, the difficulty of the course and often, it helps me decide whether or not to run the race again.
4. To connect with other runners
Most of the time, it is only virtually. But the runners who read my blog are now my running friends. They cheer me on. They offer sympathy after a poor race or run. They have lifted my spirits when I have been injured. They are the ones I turn to when I need advice.
5. To inspire others to run
Of course, I want everyone to want to run. It has greatly improved my life. My wish is that by reading my blog, an older lady starts to run, continues to run and reaps the same rewards from running as I have.
Happy Running! Do you blog? If so, why? Have you ever considered stopping? Please share.
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