Being a blogger, I enjoyed reading the article “Social Mania” in the December issue of Runner’s World. Through social media, our lives are becoming more entwined with complete strangers as we share common interests. Running is one that fits the mold quite nicely as people find running buddies through groups organized via social media sites like MeetUp, track their runs on online forums and tweet updates while running.
The article asks, “can Twitter, Facebook, and dailymile make you faster?” What do you think?
Personally, I do not believe that these avenues will ever make a runner faster–that is where one’s dedication through blood, sweat and tears comes into play–but I do know that these tools can help in the fitness motivation department.
Why did I start blogging? A number of reasons, but one is the fact that I knew I could be more accountable to myself for sticking to a goal if I wrote it down, and why not let the world see it online. Along the way this has turned into so much more than a diary of my runs. The blog has brought fellow runners to the site who send encouraging notes before a big race and I’ve had a steady stream of friends who are willing to share their stories on my site. I can update friends and family from afar (whether they choose to read what I write or not is up to them) without “boring” them in-person of the details of my “obsession” with fitness. I have learned that since my passion may not be like everyone else’s, this is an easy place to share my love of running and adventure in a less intimidating way. The blog is my place where I can write freely in my own voice without a worry about the end result. It helps me to express myself creatively, explore new ideas, and maybe, just maybe, teach and encourage someone else. I am the owner of the pages and can pick and choose just what I feel like conveying at any given moment.
Yes, I tweet, although not obsessively. The article gave me some new Twitter friends to follow–running gurus, #runnerds, #motherrunners, and foodies (or drinkies) to name a few groups that Runner’s World nicely lists. Being connected is great and yet the digital age/revolution/whatever-we-call-it-these-days that our society is going through also has its time and place for shut-off mode when the sneakers get laced up and it’s time to head out the door. Sure I take photos on runs for the blog and I even texted family during each of my marathons to give them updates on mile markers, but there is still something so pure and fundamental about running that also deserves our full attention.
Running has always been my “me” time, the time to clear my head and breathe a little deeper. Don’t lose sight of what running means to you. And then you can come and share it with the world.