One year ago I posted my first entry for the Emerging Runner website. The headline was “Yeah, I’m a runner” which was a bit tongue and cheek because, at that point, I was about as much a runner as I was a blogger. In that first post I said “Actually I’m not much of a runner at this point but I want to be much better…I’m going to use this blog as a journal to remind myself of my progress and my definitions of success in the early stages of running. I’ll talk about the technologies I’m using and the goals I’m setting.” One year later I can, without irony, call myself a runner and a blogger.
It’s been an amazing year since I first began documenting my experiences as a returning runner. Since November 18, 2008 I’ve participated in five races (plus a Fun Run), ran from NYC to Brooklyn and back, from NY to NJ over the GWB, followed the loops and the bridle trail in Central Park and traveled the Hudson bike path from midtown to Chambers Street. I’ve seen deer grazing as I ran the trails along the Old Croton Aqueduct and have been fortunate to discover great trail running close to home at Stillwell Woods, Bethpage and Belmont Lake. I’ve experienced the most beautiful ocean views during runs at Rehoboth Beach and on Cape Cod and I’ve seen Boston and Cambridge at dawn from the Harvard Bridge on the Charles River. I’ve run with friends and I’ve run alone and I’ve loved it both ways.
Along the way I’ve met great people through emergingrunner.com and through the Runner’s World Loop. My humble site has grown to include columns by the Sedentary Man and Adventure Girl’s Running Gone Wild. We even have a running product site with Runner’s Tech Review that has gained some good readership. So 378 posts and 11,000 visits from 84 countries later, the Emerging Runner dotcom moves into it’s second year. To commemorate that I’ve changed a few things because change keeps things interesting. It’s been a great year and I have many people to thank for that. I’ll start with my wife and kids for being so interested and supportive about both my running and blogging. They are great running partners in so many ways. I’ll thank Adventure Girl for everything she has taught me and for helping me make the city my second running home. Thanks to my brother who has been a faithful reader and commenter, to my dad for indulging me in my running stories and to my friends who make me feel good about what I am doing and what I have accomplished.
So a year has gone by and I’m still running. I ran today at 4:00 AM and enjoyed the peace and energy of the experience. The suffering not so much. I see running differently one year later but the core of it remains the same. Yeah, I’m a runner and I think that’s a pretty good thing to be.