I started writing about my running experiences when I trained for my first marathon. I was part of the San Francisco AIDS Marathon Training Program in 2006 and would send out newsletters to those that had donated. After I finished my first marathon, I decided to start a blog so that friends and family could follow along as I kept on running. Later, a Facebook page was created, followed by a Twitter account, then eventually various other social media platforms. I never imagined my black-and-white newsletter mailed out to friends and family would turn into THIS.
I also never imagined that THIS would get my name printed in Runner’s World.
Last week, I started getting messages that people had seen my name in the December 2012 issue . I was shocked and curious as to what it was and why I was included. Runner’s World is kind of a big deal.
- I had no idea the article was going to run and list was going to be created.
- I had no idea my name was going to be included.
- As far as I know, there was no voting or nominating system by readers/tweeters.
Runner’s World simply wrote an article on social media and asked the question “Can Social Media Make You a Better Runner?” After the article, they compiled a list of 47 people and/or brands and titled it:
“The Running Twitterati — Elite Athletes, Science Nerds, Funny Runners, And Others To Follow.”
Here is the list (and a recent tweet):
Loving the fall running in Redding. Found some amazing trails off the McCloud river yesterday.
— Ryan Hall (@ryanhall3) October 11, 2012
Just wrapped up an easy 6 mile run down the strip in Las Vegas. This place definitely isn't Pre's Trail! #RagnarLV
— Nick Symmonds (@NickSymmonds) November 9, 2012
Be sure to eat a light snack or meal about 1 1/2 to 2 hours before a run that is high in carbohydrates and protein. #racewmeb
— meb keflezighi (@runmeb) November 8, 2012
7 miles of sunshine, autumn leaves, and soft footpaths.
— Lauren Fleshman (@laurenfleshman) November 5, 2012
Dried shredded coconut helps hide the edamame taste, also vanilla if your smoothie flavors don't take well to edamame.
— Scott Jurek (@ScottJurek) October 2, 2012
Yes I know its early for me..early morning training
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) October 30, 2012
Congrats to all the finishers in the Richmond marathon,half & 8k. Awesome running weekend in Richmond,VA #RunRichmond
— Bart Yasso (@BartYasso) November 11, 2012
20 miles is max in my programs for those training for their 1st marathons, I want them to touch the edge of the wall, not collide with it.
— Hal Higdon (@higdonmarathon) November 8, 2012
Forget about speed on the long runs/walks. Focus only on the component of endurance.
— JeffGalloway (@JeffGalloway) November 10, 2012
Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running. -Julie Isphording, 1990 LA Marathon winner
— Runner's World (@runnersworld) November 10, 2012
Today's running equation: downhill/tailwind 1st half + uphill/headwind 2nd half = great strength workout. Really worked those last 10 mins!
— David Monti (@d9monti) November 9, 2012
Race to Recover. INGNYCM support of relief efforts starts now. NYRR $1mil., Rudin $1.1 mil, ING $500k. Can u add $26.20? Thk u!
— Mary Wittenberg (@nyrrmaryruns) November 1, 2012
Oregon wins team title Stanford/ Zona tie with 85, Stanford wins head to head #ncaad1xc
— Flotrack (@Flotrack) November 9, 2012
Ran through a bramble patch today, my legs are now reminding me. #notsmart
— Pete L. (@Runblogger) November 12, 2012
It's been like Christmas today here. New MacBook Air and Surface RT arrived today!
— Ray Maker (@dcrainmakerblog) November 5, 2012
From metabolic perspective (lower insulin response), lentils beat potatoes for pre-exercise meal. Performance the same http://t.co/tVIGKS1X
— amby burfoot (@exerscience) November 6, 2012
From NYC: my RW story on the Indigenous Australian runners who traveled farthest to the non-marathon, & their new plan: http://t.co/E2AcQ2rF
— Alex Hutchinson (@sweatscience) November 4, 2012
Good look tomorrow, Richmond runners! Race hard, run happy, finish strong.
— Ali Feller (@AliOnTheRun1) November 10, 2012
I <3 tracking runners almost as much as I love running. Although I can't run from my couch…
— Theodora Blanchfield (@tblanchfield) November 10, 2012
Life is too short to do nothing… so do what you can to live well. http://t.co/8kVF7W98
— Janet Oberholtzer (@JanetOber) November 11, 2012
— #RunChat (@therunchat) November 7, 2012
Happy Friday BGR! Nation!
— blackgirlsrun (@blackgirlsrun) November 9, 2012
— FitFluential (@FitFluential) November 12, 2012
Foodies (or Drinkies):
— Beer Runner (@TheBeerRunner) November 12, 2012
Making No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake. Thanksgiving experiment!
— RunEatRepeat (@RunEatRepeat) November 11, 2012
New post: Chop. Heat. Serve. http://t.co/rGDBar2J
— Meghann Anderson (@MealsAndMiles) November 9, 2012
— Anne Mauney, MPH, RD (@fANNEtasticfood) November 7, 2012
— oiselle (@oiselle) November 12, 2012
Anyone else having some colder weather? Keep those feet warm with our NEW cold weather model – the Lontra! http://t.co/quy1KOgO
— Vibram FiveFingers (@Vibram5Fingers) November 8, 2012
— Garmin (@Garmin) October 24, 2012
— Brooks Running (@brooksrunning) November 10, 2012
It's one of those mornings where you realize you will never love another human being as much as you love coffee.
— SkinnyRunner (@skinnyrunnerSR) November 8, 2012
Is there such a thing as too many doughnuts?
— Ask Miles (@AskMiles) November 9, 2012
The leaves are refusing to rake themselves into a neat pile streetside. Again.
— Tish Hamilton (@RWtish) November 10, 2012
Hey, @runnersworld! Thanks for listing me as a funny running feed. Now I have to be funny.
— Peter Sagal (@Peterruns) November 5, 2012
Anyone want to play the game "guess which state my luggage is in?" I'm going with Indiana. Just because.
— Emily (@emilysweats) November 12, 2012
#TeamRichmond is stuck in horrible traffic. Should we just run the remaining 70 miles to Ricond?
— Jess Underhill (@RacePaceJess) November 9, 2012
I just had my first vegan dinner… vegan means zero calories, right?
— Pavement Runner (@PavementRunner) November 11, 2012
Just changed my voicemail to: "hi. This is caitlin. I am terrible at listening to voicemails so please don't leave me one." haha.
— Caitlin Boyle (@CaitlinHTP) November 9, 2012
Tomorrow my little man will be 2. Seriously I am not old enough to have a 6, 4 and 2 year old….. #randomthoughts
— Dorothy Beal (@MilePosts) November 8, 2012
— Sarah Bowen Shea (@SBSOnTheRun) November 5, 2012
— Dimity McDowell (@dimityontherun) November 10, 2012
Just used a shower with 8 shower heads. Excessive? Maybe. Luxurious? Definitely. #bigpimpin
— Tonia Blanchet (@RacingWithBabes) November 11, 2012
ONE more day of work, then I can catch up on my social media! Real life is interfering with my tweeting ;)
— Heather Gannoe (@runfastermommy) November 11, 2012
And there I was, included under “Funny Runners”
Who knew that listening to The Bangles as a kid would get me printed in a magazine? I suppose I have to thank my dad for including it on a cassette tape he made me. I have to admit, I DO tweet funnier things… but we have all had those Mondays where a run is the only thing that will make you feel better. I guess it’s a good thing the right people saw it and appreciate my sense of humor.
I had a moment earlier this year where I really questioned what it is that I’m doing on the blog and/or social media. The responses I received from friends, blog readers and twitter followers were all positive, heart-felt, reassuring and made me feel that I was a part of “something bigger.”
Feel free to tell me: “I told you so.”
This recognition and inclusion would not be possible without every single one of you. I’ve said it before, I get my inspiration and motivation to keep running from interacting with all of you. It didn’t go unnoticed that I was the only Bay Area runner listed. For the amount of runners and large social media presence in this area, I am completely floored and astonished. It’s a list full of amazing athletes and running icons who I look up to and place high value in their opinions and experience.
I am humbled and honored to be included.
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