“I write to run.”
Hmmm. I was thinking about this yesterday during my slow run. I guess since I wasn’t pushing so hard that I couldn’t think, I had time to ponder of why I write this blog.
My writing has changed my running in so many ways. I never thought it would have the affect it has had.
When I started writing this blog in January of 2013, I wrote to keep a diary of my running. I had been running for a year before I began journaling my runs through this blog. When I started writing, I had no followers. I wasn’t on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media. I’m still not on Facebook… but I digress. Basically the only way people found this blog was pretty much by accident.
I have found that by writing my running experiences down, I remember what I have done correctly and what I have done wrong. For instance, I wrote several times recently about altering my running after my half marathon. This is because I wrote so much about my injures after my marathon last year that I remembered what had happened. By writing what I was going to do this year, it cemented my plan in my head and kept me on the right path.
I don’t read much.
People make fun of me sometimes that in order to read a book, I need big words and lots of pictures. I have never really enjoyed reading much, even as a kid. I don’t know why. I say that to say, I’ve learned most of the lessons in my life by experience. That can be good, but also it can be bad. When I started running, TJ was a HUGE help to get me going and doing the right things. When I started this blog, I began reading other bloggers and their experiences and tips. Also, the comments and feedback from other bloggers on my blog has helped a lot.
I still learn from experience. Thus another reason to write this blog. As I learn a lesson, I write about it… good or bad. If something helps me a lot, like my mountain runs or ACV, I’ll write about it more. Of course I want to share my experiences with other runners now that I have a good following, but also I want to always remember the lessons learned. If I write it down, I remember it! In college I learned (rather late in my schooling) that I could take good notes in class, rewrite them in a condensed form the day before the exam. Then that night I would read my condensed notes right before I went to bed. The next morning I could “see” my notes in my head as if I had perfect photographic recall. As the day went on, they faded, but talk about the perfect cheat sheet. I went from a 2.0 average to being on the Deans List my last semester.
All this is to explain why I write this blog… I do want to share my experiences. I do want to get feedback and that really motivates me. In the end though, I do it for myself. Sorry. I guess I’m selfish that way.
Have an awesome weekend.