Today marks From Dancing to Running’s birthday. One year ago today I wrote my first blog post. My oh my how my blog has evolved since that first post!
When I first started this blog, I had no idea where it would take me. If it weren’t for this blog, I wouldn’t have been able to publicly journal my running journey. If it weren’t for this blog, I wouldn’t have been able to meet so many virtual running friends. If it weren’t for this blog, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to gain the insight, support, and advice that I have received from all of you.
I started From Dancing to Running two weeks after I started running. When I first started blogging, I thought that the blog would be “it.” I never imagined joining Twitter last August, starting a blog Facebook page in January, or refocusing my Instagram page in February to center more around my fitness life and less on just life in general.
Over the past year I’ve discovered just how powerful social media is in the running community. While I often remind my students about the negatives associated with overusing and abusing social media, it is unquestionable that it has a positive impact on society as well. It wouldn’t be possible for me to be as involved with the online running community as I am if it weren’t for social media. I’ve gained so much personally from my interactions with other runners online, and have met many virtual running friends.
The strength of the running community online is undeniable, as demonstrated this week through the responses to the Georgia Half Marathon bandit and SELF Magazine’s mocking of a runner wearing a tutu. Its amazing how quickly the running community can band together in order to speak out against or support somebody in need. While I usually try to avoid joining bandwagons, I felt it necessary and appropriate to lend my support to the San Diego cancer survivor who was mocked for wearing a tutu while running, particularly since tutus have played a major role throughout my life, both when I danced and now as a runner. The #tutusrock pictures that were shared by millions on social media this week is just one of the many examples of how powerful and incredibly strong the online running community is, and how social media can be utilized in a positive manner. I’m truly honored to say that I am a part of this community.
Thank you for an absolutely incredible year! Through my writing of From Dancing to Running, I’ve learned so much about training, running, and about myself. Thank you to all of you, especially my loyal readers, for coming along on this journey with me. Here’s to another incredible year of blogging!