This morning I was helping another colleague run his cross country event. We had a beautiful morning and once again we had hundreds of Primary 6 & 7 boys and girls running the 0.82miles course.
We had lunch together afterwards so I decided to run after work. I decided to run on the cycle track as it means I don’t have to cross many roads. I used to do a lot of my runs out and back on this route but I’ve been on there from home for a while.
I decided to do a different session. So I alternated easy miles with faster miles. I was aiming for around 6.45pace for the faster ones and about 8.15pace for the easy ones. Here are the figures ..
Dave T sent me a text last night saying that there was an interesting article in Runner’s World about how blogging can help you training. Dave reckons I’m years ahead of my time!! Thanks Dave.
So I bought a copy and enjoyed the article. The author talked about a number of people who found keeping a blog really helped with their motivation, knowing that friends and strangers where following their progress.
For me, my motivation was initially wanting to share what I was learning about training for the West Highland Way Race in 2007. I didn’t know how to train for a 95miles race so decided to use my blog as a training diary and write down everything I learnt so hopefully others could learnt from my mistakes.
I thought it would just last a year or so but over four years later I still enjoy writing my blog and will continue to do so until I get fed up.
My blog doesn’t necessarily motivates me to run. I ran for over 20years before I started a blog but the thing I love about it is the friends I’ve made through it. For example I’ve never met Johann from South Africa or but love the fact that we can leave comments on each other’s blogs and encourage each other from a distance.
I also enjoy reading how others are getting on and I’ve learnt so much from reading various posts. Plus I’ve had some great laughs reading and watching various posts.
This year a number of people spoke to me at various ultra races and said how my blog motivated them to try an ultra or how it has helped them to prepare. I think comments like that have encouraged me to keep it going.
But to be honest even if no-one read it I would keep writing it as it provides a great record of all my training and races. I love the fact that I can reread my reports from various training runs and races and learn from them.
So if you have thought about starting a blog, read the article and set one up. I promise to read it and you’ll soon have lots of followers.