Sunday, 2 February 2014

Its my Blog-a-versary!

My blog, 19st to 10K has just turned ONE... I can't believe it. From what started as just my little online journal documenting the start of what I thought at the time was my journey to 10K has actually taken on a life of its own. It really has become the complete diary to my entire running life - something I fully plan on continuing.


In the past year this little blog has received over 55,000 hits and was a Finalist in the Irish Blog Awards. This week, my blog was even in the official Weight Watchers magazine (March 2014 issue):

One of Weight Watchers favourites you say :)

So not to go like yer man on Little Britain ("I can write the theme tune, sing the theme tune, compose the theme tune"), I'm well chuffed considering its only me here. I write all the posts and while I still don't feel I have a clear focus or direction with the blog, I like the freedom of being able to come on here and just dump my thoughts on here.

I have found blogging my way through runnning has helped me set goals, be accountable and has helped me track my progress. Hopefully some of the 100+ posts from the past year will show someone out there who may be struggling that anything is possible. Yes it takes time, yes its hard work but it is possible.

Three friends of mine (Hi Rob, Aisling and Maureen) have recently started running and I have to admit I am jealous of them. Jealous of what lies ahead of them, jealous that they will get to experience their first race, first finish line, first medal. That being said, I am also excited for them. Excited for the day we get to line up behind the same starting line.


And while running doesn't define me, I know I am who I am today because of it. So stick around, lets see what the next year has in store for me one blog post at a time. 



14 comments:

  1. Happy blog-a-versary John! What a year of achievements!! I hope you really know how proud everyone is of you but I also hope you know just how inspirational you have been to so many people - me number one! I have finally quit the cigs and started running - 2 things I never thought I would hear myself say!! So looking forward to getting out on the road with you more and getting behind the line together for our first race :) Thanks for all your encouragement xxx

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    1. Thanks Ais! Hope you are psyched and ready for Sunday! :)

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  2. Well done John! You've done amazing things over the past year, I can't wait to see what you do in the next 12 months, I'm sure it'll be kick ass. You're an inspiration to me :)

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    1. Thanks Sharon :) You too, seen as you are back on SS and flying it... Looking forward to seeing what is in store for you too x

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  3. Congratulations! Love the blog. :)

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  4. Congratulations John :) A fabulous blog which keeps so many of us going! Also woo go you with the mention in the magazine! Can't wait for mine to arrive (WW subscription...seriously don't recommend it...takes about 2 weeks into the month to get to me)! 2014 is definitely off to a great start for you :)

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    1. I actually havent gotten my copy yet, a friend in the UK sent me the screen shot when he saw it :) We are a week or two behind the UK in getting it. Thanks for the lovely words. Was just on your blog there gasping at the WW points in a McDonalds

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  5. Happy Blogaversary John! A few wekks ago someone posted a link to your blog on the brilliant forum of Magicmum. I read the first post and was hooked - so I read through the whole blog in the following days - every post. I feel as though I know you :) You don't know me but you inspired me to feel that maybe I too can run... so I started. 7k is my furthest so far but I haven't been as lucky as you as I'm having to rest up because a badly healed sprain has now led to a wonky knee. I intend to get right back into it as soon as I get the all clear though. So thank you for writing your blog and know that you have reached me all the way to France :)

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    1. Thank you so much Luna :) It always amazes me that people read my blog first off, but secondly when someone I dont know reads it. I wish you the absolute very best in your journey back to and beyond 7K. I know you'll do it. The first step really is the hardest, I promise once you are back on your feet (hope the sprain and knee are on the mend) you'll be flying it again. Let me know how it goes for you x

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  6. Happy first year of blogging!

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  7. Happy Birthday to your blog John. (very late to the party, sorry)
    As you know I'm a big big fan of you and your blog, all the goals that you've achieved to date are AMAZING and your so close to goal also. (well jel.) Every time I read one of your posts I want to throw on my runners and get out there and MOVE. (that's a big deal)
    keep blogging & running & inspiring & motivating us :):)

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    1. Thanks a mill Vicki :) Really appreciate it. I always enjoy reading others peoples blogs and find it strange someone would enjoy reading mine. Thanks for all the support and love and comments over the past year! Here's to kicking some maj ass in 2014 :)

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