Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Why I Blog About Running

When I decided to run my first half marathon, I found a training plan online, followed it loosely and was able to finish and claim my medal.  I though it was going to be a one and done.  I never imagined I’d actually want to do it again. 
The next year while planning a birthday trip to San Diego I realized there would be a race happening the same weekend.  I began to search for information.  Where did the course go?  What did the shirts and medals look like?  What did other people think of the race and series?  Where I ended up finding the best answers to my questions were personal blogs.  A race website can tell you anything they want to and it’s their job to make their race sound good but I wanted to hear from real people if I should spend my hard-earned money on any particular race.  I was soon hooked on reading other people’s race recaps and reviews.  As the years and races went on, I began to think about starting my own blog.
It wasn’t until 2 years and 10 half marathons later that I decided to take the plunge.  Mainly as a way to remember and keep track of my races but hey, if someone actually read it and it helped them decide to sign up for a race then that was great too.  Regardless of whether I pay for the race or get a comped entry I always make sure to tell it like it is. The good and/or the bad.   
Over the years I’ve blogged about crafts and trips too.  I used to be big into scrap-booking as a way to remember trips and events but eventually got away from it due to how time consuming and expensive it can be.  With blogging I just have to type up my recap, upload a few pictures and send the link out over social media (and hope that people are going to read what I wrote).  I’ll admit it’s not always that simple and there are times where I’ll skip witting about races because I just don’t have the time but overall, I feel like my blog is a good place for people to get my honest opinion about the races I have run.