To be a great writer you have to be an insatiable reader. If that were all it took I would be Charles Dickens already. I read every chance I get. Although I read a variety of subjects I do find myself, as a runner, reading an awful lot of stuff on running.
Back in the 90’s when I first started running marathons, I read Runner’s World cover to cover, then I would go back, cut out my favorite articles, put them in a binder and read them again and again. I still receive Runners’ World and read it cover to cover. But these days I find that I get the most out of articles and posts shared by other runners I have found online.
Through Twitter, Facebook and Daily Mile, I am exposed to new running writers every day but there are a handful of blogs that I return to over and over again. These are the ones I have subscribed to, the ones I look forward to seeing in my inbox and the ones I save for that special time during the day when I have a few minutes to really absorb the things I read, usually the few minutes after I drop the last kid at school and return home before starting work.
Ultrarunnergirl – I started reading Ultrarunnergirl’s blog a couple of years ago and was lucky enough to meet her in Rock Creek Park for a run shortly after, so although I loved her blog before, it holds a special place in my heart now. Ultrarunnergirl has a true joy for the sport. She loves running, especially trail running, in the purist sense of the word and I by reading her stories of trail running with her friends, I am reminded to look for the good in even my worse runs.
Amy Reinink – is a relatively new blog for me. I discovered Amy last year while she was training for the 4.4 Chesapeake Bay Swim. I was training for the one-mile course and was terrified. Reading her posts made me feel more confident in my abilities. After the swim, I kept going back to Amy’s blog. Amy is a rarity among my running friend’s in that she is willing to branch out. Yes, she runs, but she also, swims, skis and plays at other sports. She reminds me that there is more in life than running and training. She reminds me that this journey should be fun.
PigTailsFlying – To be honest, I started following PigTailsFlying because I thought she had the cutest Twitter handle I had ever heard. But I kept reading because I love the way she weaves her running life through her work and social life. I love how honest she is and how she shares her triumphs and her struggles. But the greatest thing I have learned from her is why I should care what the pros are doing and how I can learn from them.
Perspicacity – Paula Kiger is one of those people that I have only known a short time but feel like I have known my whole life. Each morning I check my email hoping there will be a post from her. I never know what that post will be. It could be a story about running, but it could be about her children and her struggles as a mom and wife. It could be about the work she does to help others or her journey to become a better writer. Whatever it is I know it will be short, sweet, to the point and it will add value to my day.
PreDawnRunning – I cannot begin to tell you how Greg sucked me into his blog. I hate running before the crack of dawn so you might have expected I would have avoided this blog all together. But Greg’s blog has been a true journey. He shares his personal running story but he also shares his thoughts on the sports, new information he has come across and reviewsof shoes and other running products. His is almost a mini-Runners’ World that I can tuck into a pocket and keep coming back to.
If you read these blogs I would love to hear how you stumbled upon them and while you love them but I would love to hear about the blogs that you go to each days, the ones that you look forward to receiving and the ones that you learn from.