Hey hey! So the other day I had an old post of mine pop up in my Facebook timeline. It was called 9 Things I Didn’t Know Before Blogging. It made me laugh a smile because all of the things I listed still hold truth to this day. I thought I’d do a follow-up post because this blog leads me to discover and do new things all the time. So here are 7 MORE things I didn’t know before blogging.
1. Sometimes those who support you the most are those that you don’t even know. I’m not saying that my “real life” friends aren’t supportive of me and my goals. I think it just might be something that they don’t fully understand or realize that it takes so much time and effort to do some of the things I (we) do. I get a constant flow of texts, Facebook messages, Instagram/blog comments, and tweets from people I haven’t even met. It truly is incredible to go into a big race knowing that you’ve got so many people cheering you on. I am so thankful and really try to do my best to respond and let these people know how much it means to me.
2. Not everyone will cheer you on or want to see you succeed. I guess this can be related to both blogging and life in general. There will always be people who want nothing but to see you fail. I don’t expect everyone to like me. Really. I’m just here blogging about things that I do and choosing bits of my life to share on the Internet. If someone’s hobby is to pick me apart and get “pissed” (lol) that I achieved a goal, so be it. I am not the one with the problem. The only thing I can do is keep moving forward and being who I am. It’s worked for me thus far and there is no reason to change because of what another person says or might say.
3. You can and will do things that you think are impossible. Whether you are trying for a 5k PR, aiming to BQ or about to run your first ultra, it’s all possible even when it seems like it’s not. Training is hard and getting closer to your goal requires you to step outside of your comfort zone. There are frustrating runs, disappointing runs and uncomfortable runs….but then there are those ones that feel OH SO GOOD. It’s those runs that give us the confidence to toe start lines without doubting our abilities. After running my first half I told myself I’d never run a full. After my first full I told myself I’d never do it again…then ran four more. After pacing Emily at Coldwater I told myself I’d never run an ultra. And here I am. Never say never because you just don’t know! 😉
4. This is random, but you can make “cheese” sauce out of vegetables and cashews. This is a recent discovery of mine after making Mac and Peas out of the new Oh She Glows Cookbook. Cheese-less cheese sauce is a thing! And it’s actually pretty delicious. You can make all kinds of creamy sauces without using cream. I made the Oh She Glows Sundried Tomato Pasta on Thanksgiving and it turned out amazing. Cashews have become a staple in my kitchen now. I just want to dive head first into creamy pasta sauce and will be making it all the time.
5. Sneaker addictions are very real. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even have enough space in my spare bedroom to hold all of my shoes and workout gear. I had to bring some stuff down to my storage locker over the weekend because things were getting out of control. My goal is to turn that room into an office/workspace (hopefully sooner rather than later) so I’m on a mission to get things organized. Adidas tapped into my heart earlier this year and now it’s become a full-blown love affair that I refuse to end.
6. I want to run all of the World Marathon Majors. Before I started this blog, I didn’t even know what that meant! Turns out Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York are the six “largest and most renowned road races in the world.” I’ll have New York under my belt in a couple of weeks and hoping to hit another one of those cities (probably Chicago) next year. This will probably take me a while but hey, no big goal ever came easy, right? 😉
7. If it wasn’t for blogging, I probably wouldn’t know about awesome companies like Tracksmith and Sarah Marie Design Studio. Social media has not only brought great people, but also really fantastic companies into my life! I’m not affiliated with Tracksmith at all but they did send me a few pieces to try out in the summer (more on that HERE). I also just ordered my Limited Edition NYC Singlet from them yesterday and am SO excited to get it. Not going to lie, the price was a bit steep ($70 + $20 shipping) and there’s a chance I may get charged duties…but I *needed* it.
Sarah (behind Sarah Marie Design Studio) is an absolute doll. I applied to be an ambassador a few months ago and was thrilled to find out I was accepted. She recently sent us one of her new Varsity Jackets and I love the concept – you add patches as you accomplish your running goals. She’s got patches that symbolize a half marathon PR, marathon PR, and will be adding city-specific ones as well. I can’t wait to see the one she designs for NYC!
That’s a wrap – for now at least! Blogging can definitely present challenges but I am so thankful for this community and everything that I have learned along the way!
Happiest Monday to you!