After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

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Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Why Do I Blog About my Daily Training Runs

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah blog, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years.

Originally posted on: March 21, 2013 - updated and republished March 26, 2016

This is one of those posts, that I wanted to update a bit and share again in real-time on my timeline.

It still holds true, three years later.

Over the years I have been blogging primarily about running (since 2011), I have been asked more than a couple of times, why do I bother to put my daily training results up on in addition to more readable and probably more interesting general posts on running, tips/tricks or product reviews?

Especially with all the negativity on social media about how those who do are seen as someone who is bragging about what they are doing and how great they are!
Hmmmmm is that really what I am doing or appearing to do to others?
If that is the case, maybe I better explain my thinking a little more.
So why do I put my daily training log up here?
If you know me in real life, I think you know it is not me bragging about how "great" I am.

I know my limitations and lack of "greatness".

Also as runners go, I not not and never have been nationally ranked, regionally ranked or even locally ranked, I just go out, run as well as I can, compete mostly against myself if I am racing (although I am a little competitive still and don't like to be passed).

I do the best that I can that day and attempt to keep smiling, no matter the results, although it does get frustrating some days when I know that I should/could/used to run faster and Father Time is kicking my ass, despite everything that I do.

Basically, I am one of those older middle of the pack runners and happy to still be running.

In the past being able to share our running was limited to just a few people - if anyone. With the advent of the Internet and all the various social media platforms, now we have a much larger group of people to share our stories with.

Surprisingly, well not anymore I guess, but I still enjoy writing about and sharing my trials, tribulations and occasional triumphs with others in the online world. The words of support or congratulations are part of the online running community's way to get through tough times we all seem to encounter or celebrate the good with one another (just the same as you would with friends in real life).

I have found blogging about my daily runs are a good way to keep the narrative portion of my training logs and being able to go back and read about my good days and bad days, can be motivating or humbling. These daily RunLog posts that I write are more for the future me, to come back to read and see if there are trends developing to help me improve my running, figure out why I got injured and reflect back on a different time in my life than they are for most of you.

Me in Spring 2011
Honestly, I never believed or thought that I would be running or training, with this kind of intensity, level or enjoyment at almost 60 (another year and a few months, I will move to a new age group).


However, probably the another reason that I write about my daily training runs is that as a 55+ year old guy who at one point was very over-weight, facing knee surgery and unhappy in his professional life - is that there is the ability within us to change.

I hope to inspire others (both younger and even older), that they can change their life, be happy, run, train hard and still have fun, while putting the crappy parts of our lives behind us.

I want others to see that it can be done.

What do I really write about?

My running log posts focus on how and what I am feeling that day, with how I really did, not some artificial story, that leads you to believe that I am all that and everything is great all the time. Some days are really great, others really suck, that is life and I really believe it is how you get through the days that suck, that really make the difference.

Those are the reasons that I put up my daily training and no they are nothing earth shattering - I know that. However, I plan to keep posting my daily running logs and sharing them with you on various social media outlets.

If I come across as bragging about what I am doing, that isn't my intent.

When I write a blog post about my daily training run, it is because I am genuinely excited about something I have accomplished that I didn't think that I could, sharing a pretty neat photo or experience that happened to a real person or something as simple as getting through a tough workout, without breaking anything.

What do you think and why do you share your "story" on social media?

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