Yesterday I was bored and was trying to Google my own blog to see if it would pop up in a search (I do this from time to time, and don't lie, I know all of you with bogs do it as well, and those without blogs, you know you Google yourself; I do. But I have learned that I am not interesting and have nothing that crops up under my name. Sometimes I also Google ex-boyfriends or friends I've lost contact with; that's fun too). Anyhoo, my blog did not come up within the first five pages, and that's all I ever look through. But what I did find were a lot of other running blogs.
I've always known there were a lot of us out there, but it struck when I was scrolling through the search results just how many are out there. So, after thinking about it some, and reading some of the blogs that did pop up on the search, I came to three conclusions about running, and about blogging about running.
One, running must be one of the most popular sports out there. And why wouldn't it be? It's easy to get started, you don't need special equipment, it's relatively inexpensive, there is plenty of variance, so you can set sizable goals, and anyone can do it. The popularity of the sport isn't new to me -- I didn't wake up yesterday -- and every time I'm at a race it always strikes me how many people are there, and these are just local events; it's not the New York Marathon. But there was something monumental in browsing through the blogs yesterday -- the girth of our community is quite overwhelming.
Two, runners not only like to run, but they also must like to talk about running. While I'm sure that badmitton enthusiasts also love to share their experience with the cock and shuttle (on ein the same? I'm not sure about badmitton terminology), you don't see too many blogs about it (although, it gives me a good idea). Runners, on the other hand, love to write and read and make comments about their own running and the running of others. We're a chatty group.
Three, everyone else seems to be running further and faster than me; plus, they have way cooler blogs! I try not to compare my running to others, but sometimes I can't hlep it, and I feel a bit like a tug boat barely tooting behind everyone else. And I sometimes can't help but wonder if I spend more time blogging about running than time spent running. I originally started blogging to keep some kind of record of my running, but now it seems that the blog has become my focus and the running has become secondary -- I run in order to have something to blog. Is this wacko? I blog therefore I run?
Too much to contemplate -- brain might flip inside out.