Personal Bests

  • 04/07 Boston Marathon3:33:22
  • 10/08 Hartford Half Marathon 1:46:23
  • 09/06 New Haven Road Race 20K 1:36:47
  • 08/04 Deary 5-M Road Race - my 1st race ever 39:37
  • 11/06 VMG 5K 21:05
  • 07/06 Boombox Mile 6:12

Breaking The Tape

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Secret Revealed

Some months ago (many months ago) I asked the RBF some questions about the running blogs – how you got here, what kept you coming back etc. It was a Top Secret Project I was working on…anyone remember that? I’m surprised no one has pestered me about the details…so since you’ve all be so patient, I will now share with you the Top Secret Project.

Originally, I had planned to write an article about the running blogs and submit it to the running magazines with the hope that it would be published. After many, many, many drafts, I realized that I’m not a writer. I was getting too stressed out and it ceased being fun. So I sent a letter to the editor of Runner’s World, asking him to consider my idea.

Here’s the text of the email from early September:

Dear Mr. Willey,

I have recently found myself a member of a unique running community. We share race stories, advice on injuries, reviews on gear and the latest training programs. We share information on nutrition and pre-race menus. We donate to each other’s charities and cheer each on at races. Standard fare, really.

Except hardly any of us have ever met in person.

This entire community has sprung up from web logs (blogs) dedicated to the topic of running. The blogs take web forums and list servs to a new level, as each blog belongs to one runner and it’s easy to keep track of their progress and setbacks.

At this writing, there are over 70 blogs out there that we know about it. Mark Iocchelli and Aaron Trimble developed www.completerunning.com, which includes a comprehensive list of all the known running blogs. I am certain that there are more that we haven’t been introduced to yet.

I discovered the running blogosphere while looking for some type of support system as a lonely runner in a rural area of Connecticut. I cannot begin to express how meaningful and powerful the experience has been for me. A recent poll of the other members of the running blogs (The Running Blog Family, or RBF for short) revealed that most

members of the RBF have benefited tremendously from their involvement. The stories and anecdotes are endless.

I’m a runner, not a writer. Originally, I had hoped to write a great piece for you to consider publishing, either in print or on-line. Instead, I will turn that creative process over to your trusted hands. I have comprehensive notes and perfect quotes that one of your writers is welcome to use, with the hope that I will get some type of “contributing” credit.

I’m confident that this story could either stand-alone or be part of a larger feature on how technology has changed the sport of running. From shoe shopping, to injury research to race results and registration, the Internet has made running accessible to more people. For me, it brought me into a circle of friends that share a common passion for running.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your consideration

A few days later, I received a response from none other than Amby Burfoot. And while he did express some interest in my idea, I got the sense that the running blogs were not going to be featured in the magazine any time soon. I occasionally send Mr. Burfoot an email to update him on the status of the blogs – for example, when we hit 100 running blogs, I let him know. And he’s always kind enough to respond, albeit briefly. (I also sent a note to Running Times, but never, ever heard back from them.)

There you have it folks – secret revealed. I really wanted to do something special for the RBF, to recognize you for all your support, advice and generosity (financially, spiritually, etc.). Although my plan did not work out the way I wanted it to, I thought I should at least share my idea with you so you know how much you mean to me. (And feel free to email Runner’s World and Running Times and tell them how cool the blogs are!)

Run smooth, run strong!

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