What A Year It’s Been! (Blogging, That Is!)

I can hardly believe that I have been blogging for a year now! Sometimes the words just seemed to pour onto the page. Other times, it seemed like I had to re-write a sentence 10 (or more!) times before it sounded right. Along the way, I have learned a tremendous amount about the blogging process.

I’ve learned how important networking is — connecting and following other bloggers is a great way to gain knowledge, get ideas, and make new connections!

Blogging has also introduced me to the world of website design and coding — talk about complicated! I have tried a few times to code something for my site (usually with the help of others through google searches) but I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing! 

I’ve learned that it is vitally important to have a passion for what you are blogging about. If there’s no passion in your writing, your readers will know. And what’s the point of a blog that has no readers? 

I’ve also learned that blogging isn’t as easy as it seems. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the process. It allows me to be creative, express myself, and reach WAY more people than I ever would have thought possible.

But it requires a lot of work! Each post takes a considerable amount of time to write, photograph, edit, proofread, and design. (The photo below is curtesy of Travis – taken while I was setting up some food for a photo-op!) And even with all that effort, it doesn’t mean that any of my blog posts go viral overnight. (In fact, none of my posts have gone viral… yet!) I truly believe that if I keep putting out quality content, it will happen.

However, going viral isn’t everything. Even if I am able to help just a handful of people through my words, it’s worth it. That’s what keeps me writing every week – In hopes that my words may impact someone’s day in a good way. If my words strengthen, encourage, or ignite someone to push outside their comfort zone, then I have done what I set out to do.

In order to connect more with you, my readers, I ask questions at the end of every post. Sometimes I get responses and sometimes I don’t.

And that’s ok!

I love to hear what is going on in the lives of those who read my posts, but maybe, not everything I am writing relates to you. Or maybe you are reading on a day that you just don’t want to share. Whatever it may be, know that I appreciate you checking out my blog regularly, comment or not! 

But it also got me thinking — maybe I need to share more about myself before I expect my readers to share about themselves. With that thought in mind (And because this is my 12th month blogging), I decided to post 12 Running Things You Might Not Know About Me!

12 Running Things You Might Now Know About Me

  1. Although I hated running in high school, I was on the track team. I was a “thrower” meaning shot put and discus, but I still think it’s humorous that I hated running and was part of the team.
  2. When I first started running, I ran with my parent’s dog Chance. She loved to run and was a great running buddy – always looking back to make sure I was still behind her.
  3. My first 5k that I ran the entire length was the Sole Burner in 2011 – my goal was to finish under 30 minutes and I ended up finishing in 29:23 – that day was an amazing accomplishment for me.
  4. I have never not finished a race (if I started it). There have been a few races that I decided to skip completely though…
  5. I have to run with music – or at least television. Some people say running without entertainment does their head some good, but I certainly need the distraction.
  6. The longest distance that I have ever run is 13.1 miles – yep – I have never run more than a half-marathon. But I plan to soon!
  7. I have not run any races yet out of Wisconsin yet. But I am considering the idea of running a 5k in every state. I got the idea from a family member and reader (Thanks Annette!) who is well on her way to running a half marathon in every state!
  8. I never used to grab water at water stations during races – I thought it was a waste of time and I hated how water felt in my stomach. After my last few halves, I’ve realized how much water helps and I grab some at every hydration station! 
  9. Growing up, I loved shoes. Sandals, dress shoes, tennis shoes, it didn’t matter. Now, I’m all about running shoes!
  10. I’m not a fan of out and back races. I like the change of scenery that a loop involves, therefore, most of my training runs are designed that way.
  11. I love races that serve bagels! Although I try not to eat bagels often, I do still grab one every now and again.
  12. While I began my running journey solo – I really enjoy heading out with others to run. We don’t even have to talk — just running with others makes it that much better!

There’s a lot of ways that I could continue with this list but maybe that will be for another day! It’s crazy how many things in our lives may seem tiny to us, but have the ability to resonate with other people. I know I’m not the only one that hated running when I was growing up – and I know I won’t be the last. But learning to love something so uncomplicated, healing, and healthy as running is a great discovery. And I hope to introduce others to that feeling. 

So, I will keep blogging. For me, for you, and for everyone else that hasn’t found that running can be truly life changing. But I need your help! Let me know what you guys want/need from this blog! 

  1. Is there anything specific that you want to see on the blog? (Running Tips, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Workouts, Gardening, Life?)
  2. What is something that has held you back from doing something that you’ve always wanted to do?
  3. Will you share a few things about you that most people don’t know? (Running or not!) 

If you are a frequent visitor to Running-Roots (Thank You!), you may have noticed the new look to the site. Since I’ve been blogging for a year, I thought it was time to refresh the page — feel free to let me know what you think about the new setup in the comment section below!