I'll have to say - I never thought I'd be blogging. I had actually never really given the idea much thought at all. I mean, the blogs I spend time reading are either full of important and useful information, or they are the window to the mind of someone I find particularly fascinating. Although I think I'm somewhat of an amusing person, I wouldn't claim that my existence is all that riveting, and unless you want to know how to fold a t-shirt in such a way that there are no creases or how to get everyone fed and to 47 extra curricular activities all at the same time, I wouldn't say I have anything all that important and useful to share. So then, what would be the point of my blog? That was my feeling until I met this really cool group of bloggers this past weekend. I say 'met', but that is really an understatement considering I lived in a van with them while we traveled a 203 mile course which required one of the 12 of us to be running at all times. Each step bringing us closer to a common goal - the finish line of the Texas Independence Relay!
Wow! What an experience. I could go on an on about the many things I learned over the course of this race, like how to run to the best of my ability while surviving almost completely on sugar-free Red Bull and pretzels for 2 days with no sleep, or how to cohabit with 6 sweaty people in a mini-van and actually enjoy the company, or how to illuminate myself in such a way that a run down a highway at 3 a.m. is safe, or...I could go on and on, but I want do that. I will tell you this, I made some great friends, had an excellent time, and I look forward to a hopeful second attempt in the future.
I also decided to start this blog. Not because everyone else had one, but because I finally understand it. What I have to say may not be extremely significant, useful or compelling, but that's not the point. I am going to use this blog to help me stay on track for succeeding in my most recent goal - to run faster. I love to run. I love to race. I'm not very fast. Training starts today, and so does my blog. Right now we're in a tornado watch, and I'm sore as hell from the previous weekend's events, but I'm undeterred.