Get Running: Why another blog for runners?
I guess some people are probably wondering why I started this site about running?
I’m not a writer – though my GF constantly says I’m never short for words!
I’m not an elite athlete – you can take away the ‘elite‘ and even ‘athlete‘ is still stretching the truth!
I’m not an expert – I’m not a physio, a coach or a sports scientist. I’m just a guy who has loved running for some 25 years now, and is still a novice racer. What I am though is someone who has learnt a lot along the way, often through trial and error, and I am hoping that I can help people new to the sport or other novice racers like myself learn to love running, and keep it that way.
And before you ask;
I’m not doing it to make money – you may in the future find links around the site which are paid, but the aim of this site is to share my experiences of running, what gets me going and gets me running, and the tips and tricks I use to keep me running.. Any links which I provide in the site will be to relevant items that I am happy to endorse myself, most of them unpaid. I will always try to make any paid links as explicit as possible because, at the end of the day, if I break your trust by swamping you with useless links or dodgy adverts then you will stop reading. And a blog without an audience is a pretty useless endeavour indeed.
So, if I’m not a writer, an athlete or an expert, how did the idea get into my head to write about running?
Well, to be honest – I got injured. Great start for building trust with my readership you say, but I think actually it is kind of the point. As I said above, I’ve been running for 25 years. Since 4th grade in fact, ever since my teacher introduced a challenge to see who could run the most kilometres during lunch time and P.E. lessons throughout the school year. Long after forgetting my teacher’s name, I can still remember getting my 5km certificate, 10km, 25km, 50km and so on, and the satisfaction I got from going home and sticking them on the fridge until I got the next one. And I have been running ever since. Not for podium places, not to get a long streak of unbroken days of running, nor to try and clock ever increasing monthly mileages. I run because I like it, no, love it, and it does all sorts of good things for me.
Why are we here then? I’m a runner who isn’t running. Don’t worry, I’ll be back on the roads soon, but while I’m not running, I may as well be talking about running. It sure beats sitting on the sofa being depressed about not being able to pull on the shoes and knock out some miles, and who knows, I might write something useful for you that will help you to avoid a silly injury like mine so you can keep going and keep running. And more importantly, I hope that this site will contain enough information and inspiration to help people beginning to run to get going, and get running, and to learn to love it.
I hope I have piqued your interest and you’ll stay tuned in for upcoming posts!
All the best,
Get Going, Get Running!