Four years ago today I started this blog without a clue as to what I was doing. I simply needed a space to talk about my love of running and do some healing after a few major surgeries had left me on the sidelines. One could not have imagined all that has transpired since. I’ve friended some pretty terrific people, had the opportunity to partner with some great brands, attended events I could have never dreamed of, met athletes, celebrities and inspirational runners every where and learned so much about myself in the process.
My blogiversary coming at the end of each year is always fitting for me in terms of reflection. Over the past year I’ve thought a lot about where I am and want to go and what it all means. Blogging and running have become synonymous for me over the years. Without one I’m not sure how much I would have done of the other.
The blogging landscape has changed a lot over the years with an obvious shift to personal branding and monetizing. Bloggers put a lot of time and effort into their blogs so understandably want to see some return on their investment. I never started this space with that in mind. For me running was a passion and a hobby and I loved the community I became a part of. This blog came into my life at the exact moment I needed it and I’m definitely grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded because of it. Not to mention the many running successes and lessons learned.
This year I’ve found myself having less time and interest in writing as well as the reading and commenting that goes along with it, at least in a meaningful way. Monetizing became less important and I began slowly removing myself from various influencer networks and online communities to which I can’t say I felt like I was missing out on anything. So as we enter into 2017, I have decided to step away from the blog. Running and fitness are a big part of my story and always will be – but it’s certainly not the whole story.
Is this permanent? Probably. The journey will never end but my need to share it versus just living it has run its course. Though as someone who has always loved to write, I certainly reserve the right to pick up the keyboard again if the urge strikes. The site itself isn’t going anywhere. My host allows multiple sites on one package so the content will remain for now. While I’m stepping away from “blog life” I am still a runner, I still have goals I want to pursue and I still have states to run through. Of course, you can continue to find me on Twitter and Instagram regularly or in a fitness class near you! But as 2016 closes I find myself exactly where I need to be.
Before turning the page to 2017 though, it’s time to review 2016! I think globally this year has been filled with a lot of angst. My word for the year was joy and I can say I personally discovered quite a bit of that:
Like… adding 4 new states to my 50 State quest. Arizona, New Jersey (blech), Rhode Island (with a PR!) and Delaware. I am now up to 19 out of 50 + DC with several more on deck for 2017.
And… the friends. Seriously, #allthefeels
And… running around on a track with Meb. I’ve mentioned it a few times but hey, it’s a BIG highlight of 2016!
And… meeting and interviewing Olympic Athletes
And… enjoying successes in fitness outside of running. I PR’d my weighted squats and deadlifts and am able to lift beyond my body weight which is pretty huge! And who can forget kayaking, SUP along the Potomac and yoga on a YACHT! Gotta keep life balanced (no pun intended, or maybe yes pun intended)
And… the highlight of them all! Getting invited TO THE WHITE HOUSE (!!) for the Let’s Move event with the flawless FLOTUS:
Pretty incredible I’d say. I thank you all for sticking around and following me on my journey. Happy New Year and best wishes for a fantastic 2017!!