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.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

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


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Why Read What I Write?

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-written and posted again on One Foot In Reality.

Originally posted on: July 20, 2013 and updated/reposted April 10, 2016

At some point in every blogger has to make choices about what we want from blogging and the direction that we will go in the future.

I consider myself a runblogger and after doing this for a 5 years I am also pretty sure that I am not going to make a living writing about my running.

Why you should read - what I write?

It is a story – my story. It is about someone who is passionate about running and enjoys a good laugh every now and then - especially at myself.

I am writing about something that I love to do.

That’s it, the story of an old fart who writes about his love of running.

Being Honest

Let’s be honest, I don’t write about running here on One Foot In Reality because I am:
  • a famous running personality - I am not.
  • certified in anything related to the health, fitness or running professions (coach, doctor, chiropractor, dietician, physical therapist, psychologist, etc.) and have a wealth of professionally developed knowledge to share with other runners. I don’t have any professional certifications or unique knowledge about running.
  • or was an elite runner and share those experiences and stories of glory. I am at best a recreational runner/racer, who finishes somewhere in the pack, who is simply trying to improve, hell I am not even a very good local runner.
  • a great entrepreneur and a running/fitness social media marketing ninja.I don’t have that put myself out there and show me the money mentality – just being honest.

What do I write about most of the time?

There will be a lot of posts on my daily running and getting ready for my next race. Who knows every once in a while a high point, like accidentally doing well in an age group or meeting great people.

I will not forget the other side of the coin either. 

The lows, being on the injury merry-go-round or how I can’t do things like I used to, admitting that I make mistakes, probably more than my share and laughing at myself about them. Who knows maybe my writing about them, will help someone else avoid making the same one too.

There will still be reviews of stuff that I actually use when I run (especially running shoes), book reviews because I love to read about running or even a rant or two about something related to running that I get my knickers in a knot about.

Maybe, once in a while, my thoughts on something I have learned over the 40 plus years, that I have been a runner.

Honestly, my writing may not be all that fancy, glitzy, exciting or even “professional” when you compare it to others. But my posts will convey the meaning and my intent in the manner that I want to convey it.

My posts will have real emotions, honest peeks into what and how I am doing, along with what I am thinking about.

Not just a running log

I plan to write about more than just running, however, I am not going to become a self-righteous arse and talk down to the masses from on high about politics, religion, personal relationships or other things that just ain't my frigging business. First that ain't me and second I know you all get enough of that crap on other blogs, the news and on Facebook, so you don't need me yapping about it too.

The reality is that

Honestly, the only niche that I fit in, is writing about my personal experiences, reviews and perspectives that being an old guy runner give me.

My lack of credentials and limited levels of success in running now and in the past, do affect my creditability when I write about running, but I know what I know and often it was learned the hard way through my personal trials and errors. Sometimes that gives me some insight into things from a different perspective than the experts might have from the front of the pack.

It comes down to the idea that I am becoming an old fart, who loves to run, has accepted grudgingly that I am getting older, am working hard as hell to get better as a runner or at least maintain what I got for as long as I can, is a real person with opinions about what I like and don’t like. 

I can also be rather blunt (not as blunt as my dad, but still blunt), make my fair share of mistakes and has a definite running shoe problem.

I like to write and share with others who might be interested in what an old fart is doing. Then maybe I can learn from them with their ideas on how to be a better runner or better yet – to develop new friendships with other runners that bridge the distances that separate us.

To put it another way, either you like what I write here or you don’t – either way it is cool, because I intend to keep writing and smiling, as I become more and more comfortable with the direction that my blog and I are going.

You damned old coot – Harold – you really are crazy aren’t you? Well hell yes, can't you tell, just by looking at the photo. hehehehe :-)

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