I am approaching my one year anniversary of blogging. I’ve already finished the original goal I had when I started this blog – running the Marine Corps Marathon. As you might guess from my name, I didn’t really think about where I would go from there – in regards to blogging OR running. If I had, I might have chosen a different name.
I started blogging for two reasons: my friends were getting tired of the “all marathon all the time” conversations and I wanted some place that I could record the experience of training for and running a marathon so that I could remember what it was like. I’d been a blog lurker for years on blogs related to infertility and then pregnancy and finally parenting, so I was not really a newbie to the idea of blogging. I just never felt comfortable about blogging about any of those as I’m a bit more protective of Beer Geek’s and the boys’ privacy.
As I began reading and commenting on other blogs, I began to get comments on my blog and those comments brought about the purpose this blog now serves. It keeps me accountable. If I don’t want to run, but I’ve mentioned on here that I plan to run, I’m much more likely to get out there. Having my RBFs tell me that I could do a 2 hour half made me more willing to get out there and really go for it. Having someplace to “cry” when a run turns sour helps me remember that not every run sucks.
I don’t think I would have decided to race in all 50 states if not for this blog. It made me feel that I needed a bigger goal than “get faster” after I finished the marathon. The fact that people don’t seem to mind reading about my other passion (beer and brewpubs) doesn’t hurt either!
So, a big thanks to my RBFs for keeping me motivated to run and drink, not necessarily in that order. ;o)