This week I reached a blogging milestone…my 500th post. 500 times in the last few years I’ve committed my thoughts to the screen. 500 times I’ve hit publish. 500 times I’ve wondered if anyone would really read what I had to say! Who would have thought that yesterday’s Friday Finds could be so momentous?
I’ve written before about what I enjoy about blogging so I thought today I would dig into my archives and share some of my favourite posts from that 500. Perhaps there will be something in here you’ve not read before…
As the great Julie Andrews taught us, the beginning is a very good place to start. My first ever post back in 2011 detailed the beginning of my running journey and was followed up soon after with how I came to take running a bit more seriously:
In 2012 London hosted the Olympic Games and one of the legacy aims was to inspire a generation. As the new school year began a few weeks later, I considered whether or not there had been any impact on the younger generation in my classroom:
As someone who enjoys racing, I know that races can really only take place thanks to the fantastic army of volunteers who turn up to show their support. In this next post, I wrote about why volunteering at a race is so crucial:
In 2013 I was excited to get my first age category prize (although I had to travel a fair distance to get it!):
And just a few days later got my second one – and a first place finish in my age category!
I rounded off that year with one of my most popular posts – a farewell letter to a pair of worn out running shoes. If you run, then you’ll get it!
A nice companion to that is the love letter I wrote to running for Valentine’s Day in 2014:
2014 was a big year for me: Steve and I took on a massive fundraising challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support and once of MY biggest supporters was my friend Ian who helped out through his business. Without him and the generosity of his customers, I would never have raised as much as I did. I featured Ian in a guest post that year:
I also played the proud wife card and gushed a bit about Steve and his incredible achievements in supporting Macmillan.:
That summer, I reflected on my childhood summers and how that year compared. Spoiler: it turns out some things never change!
But that autumn I had to make a tough decision. Here, I wrote about that process and how I was dealing with it:
Another first for me was my first ever link up. I must have enjoyed it since I continue to link up regularly with Jessie even now!
In 2015 I introduced Friday Finds as a regular feature. Given that an edition of FF was my 500th post, I thought it would be fun to include the first ever here:
2015 was probably my biggest year for other reasons too. Having changed my 2014 challenge thanks to injury, I had some unfinished business and it was time to go bigger than ever. That year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival is probably one of my best running memories EVER!
Speaking of which, a few weeks later I wrote a post pulling together some of my favourite running memories:
Throughout 2015 I became a parkrunner, having immediately fallen for its charms after my first event. A year later, I summed up just what is so special (for me) about a free weekly 5k:
2016 was a strange year as we moved house and I probably didn’t blog as much as I should. Our trip to Paris that year did inspire a couple of posts though:
This was followed later in the year by a joint post with Jessie as we considered some linguistic differences between US and UK running:
Another very popular post came late in 2016 when I was once more forced to make a tough decision. There was a lot of emotion when I wrote it and I can still remember just how sad I felt:
This year, I’ve probably written more regularly than ever. A fun post at the start of the year was inspired by the book Your Pace or Mine and took the form of a record book:
I also marked “Marathon Day” by chronicling my own experiences with the big 26.2:
Which has a nice companion in my marathon tips:
In fact, I wrote a few posts this year offering some tips and advice:
As well as reflecting on the life-changing impact of yoga:
A couple of highlights were when I was interviewed for a podcast (so cool!):
And my first ever international parkrun experience:
More recently, I summed up what it’s like to taper for a marathon. Anyone who’s ever tapered will understand!
And as a counterpoint, a little bit of the aftermath:
Which brings us up to date. The posts I’ve chosen have highlighted some memorable moments as well as some reflections on training, racing and life. In amongst that there have been plenty of training logs, race reports and general musings so I’ve really enjoyed looking back through my posts and remembering all of the varied experiences that inspired the posts. I hope you’ve enjoyed indulging me by following along too and will join me for the next 500…!