One year ago today I published my very first blog post, My Running Story. At the time I had been running for only about 6 months, I had just completed my first half marathon, and was less than two months away from my first full marathon…I was in full training mode!
I had really only gotten into reading blogs when I began running and was looking for information on training, running gear and the runDisney races. I still don’t think I actually realized that anyone can just start a blog and write about whatever they want to!
After I got back from the 2011 Wine & Dine Half Marathon I kept thinking about starting my own blog, I think I realized that my life was shifting a bit and that this running stuff wasn’t going to be a “one and done” thing for me. Training, health and fitness were a part of my life now and I wanted a way to document my journey, sort of like an online journal.
I struggled for awhile to come up with a name for my blog and after thinking through what I was planning to write about I settled on Live, Run, Grow (running through life and hoping to learn a few things along the way!).
I wanted my blog to be a place where I could keep track of my training and goals I set for myself. There are so many things I want to learn or do and I figured putting them down in writing would help to hold me accountable. I also love the idea of documenting my races and experiences to look back on, it was so interesting as I got ready for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon this year to look back at my post from the same event (my first race ever!) last year.
I’ve also made some big career / life changes recently and I know the blog will be the perfect place to track my progress as I work on my 5 year plan of going back to school.
While I’m extremely nervous about the idea of 5 years of school I really think in the long run it will be a great change for me and I’ll be much happier working in a health and fitness related industry!
One of my favorite “side effects” of blogging has been connecting with others with similar interests and maybe (hopefully!) even inspiring a few people along the way by sharing my experiences. I’m excited about this journey and all my upcoming adventures and challenges that the next year may bring, I hope you enjoy following along!