New Year Birthday Celebration

Happy New Year!  This is an especially exciting day as the Mile One and Counting Blog is celebrating it’s one year birthday!  What started as an experiment a year ago today, has grown to be a great joy in my life.  It’s been so much fun to capture my thoughts about running and all things fitness and health related. Whether it be documenting my training goals, inviting guest bloggers to share their insights, photojournaling a run in a new destination or posting a tasty recipe, everything I’ve added to this blog has been a great delight.  It’s also offered me the opportunity to write freely in my own voice with no one but myself to set the tone and style.  What an empowering feeling to be your own site’s writer, editor, marketer and entrepreneur. 

As I reflect over the year here are a few personal stats related to my fitness:

  • The year of speed:  I ran 5 races including two 5Ks, one 10K, one half-marathon and one marathon with personal bests in the 10K, half and full marathons.
  • The year of focus:  I incorporated yoga into my life and have been more intentional on my streching .
  • The year of reflection:  Blogging has helped me to enjoy the journey along the way!

And with a little help from WordPress, here are a few stats related to the blog:

  • The blog boasts 118 posts with 267 uploaded photos (that is about 5 phots a week).       
  • The blog was viewed about 2,700 times.
  • January 25’s Finding the Words post was the busiest day of the year with 91 views.
  • Top blog visitors came from the United States with Indonesia and the United Kingdom in second and third.  In no particular order visitors also checked out the site from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Estonia, India, Phillippines, China, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.  That basically leaves Africa that has not been hit (I really want a follower from Kenya to offer me some running tips) or Antarctica (but I don’t think there is much life there or at least people who want to go running).

So 2011 has gone out with a bang!  I don’t have any concrete blog-olutions to post today but am sure I’ll have a few to tackle.  Thanks to my readers and friends who have encouraged me along the way!  I hope you have enjoyed reading just as much as I have enjoyed enticing you to join the running craze!

Here’s to a prosperous and blessed new year filled with many adventures ahead! 


About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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One Response to New Year Birthday Celebration

  1. Woot! In your top 5 🙂 Congrats on all of your fitness achievements and to finding an online community!
    Happy New Year!

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