It’s funny, I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten a few new followers recently. I’ve got over 300 followers now. Although truth be told, I would bet that maybe, just maybe, on a good post 5 to 10 people actually read it. It’s ok, I don’t blame you because we all have busy, complicated lives. Truth be told, I often write for me as like running it clears the mind. I’m not sure that what I say is filled with any wisdom or helpful to anyone but me, but I write anyway. For those who followed thinking they would get expert running advise, I’m sure they realized they came to the wrong blog. Yet here we are. You, me and maybe 2 other people. It’s ok, it’s like meeting a friend for coffee except I’m still in my PJ’s with unkempt hair and slippers.
So often in life we focus on the wrong things and don’t even realize it. At the time, they seem important and at the time they are, but then something happens in our lives to change that focus. We focus on the size of our jeans, how fast we can finish a race, following our diets, and so many things that seem like the right thing to focus on……. Right up until we put our glasses on and what is really important comes into foucs.
We should be focusing on things like….. How do I feel in these jeans? Did I fully enjoy the experience of the race to it’s fullest? Am I happy with the outcome and if not, why? Is what we our putting into our mouth nourishing our body and mind and do we full good about it?
Sometimes you are on the right path. Sometimes the path is expected. Most often we end up on a path that we never thought we would be on. The path is hard. The path is not where you expected to be, yet you are there. You can stomp your feet and fight tooth and nail that you don’t belong on that path, but that changes nothing. You can do everything right, but still end up in places that you never thought that you would be.
That is life.
There are no guarantees.
There are no promises.
There is only what is and the acceptance of it.
Fighting to be on a different path will not change the trajectory of the path you are on. The only way through is to forge ahead. To face the bumps, the bruises, and the obstacles that fall into your path. Only then can you get to the other side and from there you can choose a new path to follow.
So to bring this back to my running………
I’ve hit some bumps in my training for my birthday half marathon (yes, that is what I am calling it from now on). In the whole scheme of things, my training has come to the bottom of my to due list and I am ok with that.
So with that, I have been running but not necessarily to train but because it is what I needed to clear my mind. I will get there in April as ready as I will be and I’m ok with that. Besides, I’ve got time and I will be as ready as I will be and no more. My goal for the day is to enjoy the day and I’m happy to report that it’s turning into a party as I’ve got some running mama friends joining in too! This is why I fell in love with running….. Because of the peace of mind it gave me and the strong friendships bonded over the miles.
It is a challenge building a readership. Having a self hosted site makes it even more challenging as you do not have WordPress serving up your posts in the reader.
I find that a lot of people read my posts on Facebook and they don’t count as readers on my web site. At least someone is reading my stuff somewhere.
A few years ago I wrote a post called Cresting Hills. It was about training for the Boston Marathon and the hills we deal with in our daily lives.