I have been asked more than a couple of times, why do I bother to put my daily training results up on A Veteran Runnah, in addition to my other posts on running, tips/tricks or product reviews.
Also over the past few months I have read several times where others online see writing about how you are doing running, as someone who is bragging about what they are doing and how great they are!
Hmmmmm is that really what I am doing or appearing to do to others?
If that is the case, maybe I better explain my thinking a little more.
So why do I put my daily training log up here?
If you know me in real life, I think you know it is not me bragging about how “great” I am.
I know my limitations and lack of “greatness”. As runners go, I not not and never have been nationally ranked, regionally ranked or even locally ranked, I just go out, run as much as I can, compete mostly against myself if I am racing (although I am a little competitive still and don’t like to be passed too much), do the best that I can that day and attempt to keep smiling, no matter the results.
Do I have an ego, sure – we all do that is nothing earth-shattering. I admit that enjoy sharing my trials, tribulations and occasional triumphs with others in the online world. The words of support or congratulations are part of the online running community’s way to help us each get through tough times or celebrate the good with one another (just the same as you would with friends in real life).
In the past this type of thing/communication was limited to just a few people, now we have a much larger group of people to share both with. I am active in my support of others, so it is not me just constantly taking and taking from the community – I give back as well.
I have found it is good to have a place where you have your training logs and being able to go back and read about your good days and bad days, can be motivating or humbling. These daily RunLog posts that I write are for the future me, to come back to read and see if there are trends developing to help me improve my running, figure out why I got injured and reflect back on a different time in my life.
However, the real reason that I write about my daily training runs is that as a 55+ year old, I hope to inspire others (both younger and even older), that they can run, train hard and still have fun also. I never believed or thought that I would be running or training, with this kind of intensity, level or enjoyment 2 years ago or even a year ago.
I want others to see that it can be done, after all I am just a pretty average guy and if I can do it…others can as well.
My running log posts focus on how and what I am feeling that day, with how I really did, not some artificial story, that leads you to believe that I am all that and everything is great all the time. Some days are really great, others really suck, that is life and I really believe it is how you get through the days that suck, that really make the difference.
Those are the reasons that I put up my daily training and no they are nothing earth shattering – I know that. However, I plan to keep posting my daily running logs and sharing them with you on various social media outlets. If I come across as bragging about what I am doing, that isn’t my intent.
It is because I am genuinely excited about something I have accomplished that I didn’t think that I could, has been a goal of mine for a long time or something as simple as getting through a tough workout, when I didn’t want to do it. Like yesterday’s post on achieving a sub 20:00 minute 5K on the treadmill. I shared it because I was excited about what I had achieved, not to say see how great I am.
If I just posted the above screenshot, daily from my training log spreadsheet, while it gives the numbers, it does not the story behind the numbers or a glimpse into the person who created those numbers.
What do you think and why do you share your “story” on social media?