“You should start a running blog.” I think my friend said that to me with the idea that if I wrote about running, they wouldn’t have to listen to me talk so much about it because I’d have an outlet. It’s a nice thought, I don’t think it worked. That being said, I can’t believe how much I have enjoyed it and today, All in Strides turns 1!!
Lately I have been running a lot of races. Whenever I post a picture on Instagram from a race, it always gets a lot of attention because people like the results. We love race day. I’m guilty of it too. But as a runner, we also know that race day is the result of dozens of training days, many of which go unnoticed. Those training days can run the gamut of weather conditions, emotions, confidence, doubt and all sorts of other ups and downs.
Having a blog has given me an opportunity to document all those things. To be honest about how I’m doing. To share my struggles, to have people to share in my victories. I wanted to share the process because although most of us have certain races we are training for, the real endurance is all the training that goes into that one day.
My hope is that sharing my journey with others would open up the opportunity to hear more about other people’s journey, and I believe it has. I wanted to be able to encourage others because although all of our journey’s are different, there are a lot of common themes to all of us. Connecting online gives us the opportunity to support one another in a sport that is largely individual.
When I got sick the night before my first marathon and then struggle through crazy hip pain as well as an upset stomach the entire race, this community was beyond supportive. When I got the BQ I’ve been longing for just a couple weeks ago, their congratulatory support was overwhelming. I wrote a post shortly my first marathon in Montreal about how that support meant so much to me, and the truth is, every big race since, that continues to be true. I’m always thinking about all the people I’ve met along the way and when I’m struggling in a race, all of their support comes to mind.
So today, as All in Strides turns one, I simply want to say thank you. I’m honoured whenever I hear that someone reads one of my posts. I know so many of us are super busy, so the fact that you would give a few minutes of your day to read my ramblings, I don’t take that for granted. Thank you for following along, thank you for your support and thank you for all the feedback and chats we’ve had along the way. Hope to have many more.