What’s Going On?

Before I start talking about me for the majority of this new blog, I want to explain why I’m here. I know that there are a lot of professional and elite runners of all walks of life out there on the internet, and following what they’re up to is a hell of a lot more interesting than following the running progress of a 20-something year old woman who hasn’t been running for much more than a year.

So why do I bother?

The obvious reason to me is that I love blogging, but that doesn’t exactly draw in an audience. No, the reason that I’m actually writing to people who can read this is that I recognize, as a relatively new runner, that watching the elites talk about their progress can be incredibly intimidating. When you’re out there struggling to hit your first mile, listening to someone talk about their 100th mile this week can just seem like too much. It’s not fun to be worrying about whether you’re doing something wrong or why you aren’t as good as the greats. While I confess to watching one too many ultramarathon vlogs and reading hundreds of race reports on lazy nights, sometimes it’s nice to just share the experience of someone who is going through the same thing as you: trying to become a better runner while still being too new to pretend that you know what you’re doing.

That also introduces me acknowledging that I am the furthest from being an expert at any of this. I am in university to study English and psychology, not sports medicine or fitness training. I don’t even drink water on most days, so coming to me for anything related to fitness nutrition or paving any actual plans for anyone would be ridiculous.

Nah. I’m just here to share my experiences and speak to like-minded runners along the way.

So, now that that’s out of the way, time for a little bit about me!

As obvious as it is due to the title and URL of this website, my name is Meghan. I’m a turning-21-year-old student in the GTA of the beautiful country of Canada. As mentioned, I’m studying English and psychology, though psychology is likely what I’ll be pursuing when it comes to actual career-related things, with hopes of going to grad school and one day becoming a psychotherapist. I currently work in retail and love it, but I’m not going to be selling jeans for the rest of my life.

Something very important to know about me, especially when I will be talking about something fitness related, is that I am in recovery from an exhausting 7 year battle with Anorexia nervosa. It has affected every aspect of my life, and continues to do so, despite the fact that I am what you would consider “recovered”. I am weight restored and no longer restrict my eating, but symptoms still persist, and always will. Though it is becoming less noticeable with every mile I run, I used to notice a lot of the physical side-effects that this disorder gave me while running. From the weaker bones and overall reduced fitness, running for anything longer than a few minutes would cause injuries for the longest time. As mentioned, it is less so, now. But I have to consider that there are parts of my body that are forever changed from years of extremely unhealthy habits and self-destruction, which makes me have to take some things slowly.

Enough of that, though. That’s not fun to talk about.

Running wise, I am currently “training” for my first half-marathon in October. I say “training” because I have a lot of races before that that I am also training for. First up is an 8K race this coming Saturday at the time of this blog’s creation. Perfect timing! One of my first posts will be a race report! Next up is a 5km next month, and then a 10km later that month, and then ANOTHER 10km a month after that, on my 21st birthday. The only races I have run up to this point is one colour run (5km, untimed, fun run, I was apparently too competitive for the crowd there because I had to push past too many walkers) and a timed 5km. I am progressing through multiple Hal Higdon training plans to get me to each of these distances with a time that I am proud of. My longer-term goals past finishing the half-marathon (that I still haven’t signed up for, because I still haven’t admitted to myself that I am hopefully totally capable of running it, and don’t need to be intimidated) is finishing a full marathon in 2019. Past that, I would love to get in to ultra running and trail running, but I try not to get ahead of myself.

So what can you expect from me?

  • Race reports
  • My personal training routines, that I only recommend if you are following the inspiration where I get them from (again, Hal Higdon plans), and not the things I change/add/remove from them, because I have no authority to give fitness advice
  • Running fashion/what I wear when I run
  • Personal failures/successes/goals
  • Hopefully, if enough people care to read this blog and contribute, weekly/bi-weekly/monthly/whatever works posts spotlighting other fellow runners out there
  • Whatever else I can come up with

 

Until next time!

Meghan

8 thoughts on “What’s Going On?

  1. I am so happy to have found your blog. I completely agree that reading blogs of elite runners can be quite intimidating. It’s nice to read blogs from runners with a different perspective. Good luck with your upcoming races!

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  2. matt

    Good luck. I look forward to reading about your activities. I appreciate your coming around to my running blog where I basically write about how hard it is to find excuses to not run most days! 🙂

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  3. I had the same sort of long-term plan as you. I felt ridiculous dreaming of running a 50k when I hadn’t run a half yet but it’s just so much fun to dream really big. Took me almost 5 years but I’m attempting my first 50k at the end of April. Good luck on your journey, you can do it.

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  4. All individual sports, especially Running and lifting are about gradual self improvement and competing against yourself. Elite athletes may have good advice, but we aren’t really competing against them. If you like to play the guitar, you don’t have to be Hendrix to enjoy it. So roll on with what you’re doing.

    Peace be the Botendaddy

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  5. Love this – great rationale for a blog and I look forward to reading all about your adventures! You’re exactly right – it can be very intimidating when you’re starting out and it’s important that all flavours of runners are represented on the web, not just the elites. Good luck with it all 😁

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