I celebrated my birthday last week so I took it as an opportunity to take time off from creating content for this blog. Truth be told, I was starting to feel a little long in the tooth in terms of having fresh things to say, write, and do for this running blog.
I used to collect magazines about university (Chalk magazine fans, where you at?), tennis, and running. While the articles all seemed fresh that first year, eventually I found the topics got played out and repetitive. And that’s what I feared was happening with me and this blog. While my running and fitness journey continues as long as I breathe, how many new things can you say about training during a pandemic? The lack of races to train for, run routes to explore, and travel to share has been slowly suffocating my creativity.
(My smartwatch and shoe reviews seem pretty popular on Youtube, but I can’t be buying new gadgets and shoes all the time…)
Add to this my frustration about social media algorithms and constantly trying to stay top of mind or in front of people’s eyeballs, and I was quite ready to pack things up completely.
Then something happened to remind me that it wasn’t for acclaim that I started to document my life or my experiences. I share these aspects of me in the hopes that at least one other person out there finds this, relates to it, and remembers that you are not alone. It’s also me hoping someone finds it and reminds me that I am not alone.
I spun Kikay Runner off my old online journal because I wanted people to find my posts about running more easily and get inspired to get active. At first I focused on the physical aspects of an active lifestyle, like weight loss, better health, and meeting new friends and getting involved in the local endurance community. The mental and emotional aspects became clear to me later on, and I shared all this as well on this blog.
If you’ve been around for some time, thank you for sticking around. If you’re new here, thank you for reading. Looks like I’ll be around for quite a while longer. See you on the road!