I realize that it is painfully cliché to mention the movie “Forest Gump” on a running blog. If I had a dollar for every time someone in the passenger seat of a car yelled “RUN, FORREST!” out of the window at me as I ran past, I’d have enough dollars to pay for the Barkely Fall Classic 50K, of which I think I’m #69 on the waiting list.
But we’re going there.
Remember in the movie, when one day Forrest just decides to start running, for no particular reason? He ran and he ran, and he gained countless followers, simply because he just felt like running. Then one day he stopped in the middle of the desert, turned to his followers and told them he was tired, and that he was going to go home. Just like that, Forest’s running days were over.
My blog is just like Forest Gump.
One day I decided to start writing, for no particular reason. (Actually, the reason was that I was home alone with a newborn and a 2 year old, and desperately needed to feel like I was talking to other adults in order to save my sanity. But I digress.) And once I wrote one post, I figured I’d write another. And another. And one month became two, two months became a year. One follower became, five. Five became thousands. It was never what I set out to do, it was just something that kept happening. But as I quickly approach the 8 year blogging mark I suddenly felt…
So like Forrest, I “went home”, so to speak. The lack of posting is pretty obvious. I’ll admit that I tried a few times to put out some content solely for the sake of giving my followers something to read, and for google rankings to not completely give up on me. But each time I sat here staring at the computer screen, I’d realize that for no particular reason, I had absolutely nothing to say.
Coincidentally, that time away from the computer screen was instead filled to the brim with clients, as well as helping to open up Fleet Feet Myrtle Beach, my new home away from home. Daily I am immersed in our local running community, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve always said that I LOVE what I do, and I’ve always meant it. But deep down there was always something missing, and that “something” was more hands-on time with the running world, instead of simply being a voice behind a website URL.
Though unlike Forest Gump, my
running writing days are not over. Far from it. I find myself now feeling refreshed and ready to tackle this blog with newly found inspiration (as well as a slew of shoe reviews, talking about shoes is my new favorite thing!)
So as always, thank you. Thanks for reading. Thanks for waiting. Thanks for your support. Here’s to many, many more adventures to come.