I started blogging my training back in or around 2003 on a friend's website. Over the years I continued on trackshark.com, runningtimes.com and here on blogger. The first three websites are all now defunct. I'm not promising blogger is doomed but just don't say I didn't warn you. Through each of these sites my basic blog didn't change much. It has always been pretty much just a training log. In the age of strava this type of blogging is to my mind largely obsolete. As such and during a time when I have been injured with little or nothing to report in the way of my training I have gone back and forth on how to or whether to continue this blog in some form or another.
My thought process has been that at my core I am not comfortable with the general social media self promotion style that is standard fare in our current culture. To be clear I don't dislike it for other people. I just don't like it for me. I don't run with a cell phone. I've snapped maybe one selfie in my life and it was to capture whatever I was standing in front of. It's not that I'm a private person or that I'm against self promotion. I am neither. It just isn't my way of expressing myself. Additionally I have almost certainly left my best running behind me. I will be 38 years old before I do any real runs. I have thoroughly documented my struggles with the coordination in my right leg and even if this latest surgery has fixed that problem, which is unlikely, I would be a bit old for a full on comeback. Additionally I have a wife, a mortgage and very soon a son. At this point I'm a middle school math teacher with a running problem, not the full on road warrior that I once was.
Despite these reservations I can't shake the feeling that I still had something to add to the conversation around running. A feeling that I could add a type of content that would be worth reading and that I felt could provide something that isn't necessarily missing from what is available currently but something that could add some depth to what is available. Specifically I have enjoyed writing about specific training plans and workout types and how they can be used to make yourself the best you can. Additionally I like the idea of still providing a personal story that isn't necessarily focused on the attempt to make a U.S. team but instead is focused on a more short term story. Additionally to try and keep up with the times I would like to focus less on the specifics of my training, while still having those available via strava, and more on how I am planning, implementing, enjoying and not enjoying the process of that training.
There are, for me, a handful of unknowns when it comes to this plan. Will I have the time to produce a blog. Life is pretty busy and I waste more time than the average person. Additionally with a baby coming it is probably a lot to ask just do some training never mind to write about it. I also don't know if there is an audience for it. Beyond my personal issues I am also aware I'll never win any prizes for my prose and I'm not sure how interested people are in a person like myself with less lofty goals. Still I have always felt I got more out of doing a blog than I put in and so I think I should at least give it a try.
So what are my "less lofty" goals. Long term I would still love a return to the marathon however that would be entirely depended on the coordination if by some miracle this last surgery has fixed that issue then in fairly short order I would turn my head in that direction. Regardless of that I simply love to run, race and train. I have never been the type to quit at my best. I honestly don't even understand the desire to do so. Even as a kid I couldn't understand why there was so much pressure for the best to quit "at the top of their game." To me it seemed much more interesting to see how long they could continue to be good enough to compete, good enough to be on a team or qualify for a given level. I still think it would be more awesome to see some superstar stick it out and still be playing in the pro's at 50 then see another one walk away at the top of their game. Luckily in running, like golf, we have the structure for people like me. So I am certainly eyeing my entry into masters running on whatever level and distance my body will allow.
Short term I am first and foremost trying to come back from this surgery and return to a reasonable amount of running, training and racing. What exactly that will be I'm not sure but generally speaking I want to be able to run daily, I want to be able to do workouts and I want to be able to race. As an extension of that return I have run at least one sub 15 minute 5k in a race every year since I ran my first in 2003. I would really like to continue this streak. It will be quite tough to do so as I did not run one this year before surgery.
Along the way I would like to blog a few times each week with a mix of reports on how my training is going and how I'm handling the process, explanations of how I'm going to change and adjust my training plans in response to how it is going and more general blogs on running and training.
If there is anything you would particularly like me to cover please leave a comment and let me know.