As an avid reader (you are an avid reader, right?) of Women’s Running magazine, there is no doubt that you have also read a few running blogs. (Or at least you are reading one right now! :)) You may have started to think, “Hey self. I run. I like to write. Maybe I should start a running blog.” Well, you definitely should! If you have a few days of downtime over the holidays, this is the perfect time to get started!
So, you love running and you love writing? Here’s what you need to know (not the mechanics – that’d be way too practical. Go here for that):
- It can help motivate you to run. I won’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to cut a run short or not even start it, but thought: “Ugh, I don’t want to have to blog about why my 18 miler turned into an 8 miler.” Okay, not that many times, but knowing that I’ve committed to share my training has definitely helped motivate me on runs. It’s like having an online accountability partner. Or partners, as it may be.
- You’ll have to decide how much to share. Personally, I love writing about races and about my training. It’s like having an online record of all things running related. I love seeing my growth, learning from my mistakes and have my post-race thoughts captured somewhere. If that weirds you out, then you don’t have to share details about your exact training, your times and anything too personal.
- You will have running friends everywhere you go. In almost every race since I started blogging, I’ve run into (or purposefully met up with) running friends that I “know” from my blog. This is one of my favorite things about being a running blogger. Expanding my circle of running friends is ah-maz-ing!
- You will quickly learn to take things with a grain of salt. I’ve been pretty fortunate to have very few negative comments or people. However, if you start blogging, you may open yourself up to that. Most people mean well and are just sharing their opinion. I’ve learned to be gracious and remember that only you know the true, full story of whatever you may be blogging about — your race, your training, your life.
- It will take up MUCH more of your time than you think. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve become a better writer, a more engaged reader and more thoughtful since I’ve started blogging. It does take up a great bit of time, but if you love to run and love to write, it’s a win-win.
That all being said, I love blogging and if you are thinking of taking the plunge, there’s no time like the present.