Why do so many runners blog?

I have been in the blogosphere for 12 days now, and have spent some time exploring the terrain, looking for ways to establish connections with like-minded bloggers.  One resource I found is called networkedblogs.com.  I was intrigued to see that the main two topics of interest to me on that blog networking site – writing for children and running – had such a huge discrepancy in participation.  Currently, there are only 28 blogs registered with networkedblogs.com that have a focus on writing for children, while there are 1837 blogs registered on the topic of running.  There are blogs by and for: truly gifted runners (Boston qualifiers and up, I bow before you all); ultra marathon runners (ditto); newbie runners; trail runners; runners for fitness; runners for weight loss; runners for spirituality; Mommy runners; Daddy runners; and, at least one Grandma runner (me).  This revelation got me wondering what it is about the running experience that induces so many of us to write about it.

There must be good reasons.  Maybe:

  1. Writing brings out the runners in us all.
  2. Writer wannabes are also runner wannabes …

Hmm, I don’t think so.  The notion of writing being the cause and running the effect doesn’t resonate.  It seems more probable that running is the driver and that, once it gets under your skin, the need to communicate and share experiences is very powerful.

It’s more likely that:

  1. Running is such an empowering experience that we feel compelled to share with others.
  2. Running can be so painful and debilitating (only from time to time, of course) that we feel compelled to share with others, looking for sympathy and solutions.
  3. Running stirs our inner muse.
  4. Running takes over our lives and we if we can’t be running, and can’t find someone to talk to about it, we will write about it.
  5. And, it appears, many runner wannabes are also writer wannabes.

What is it about running that generates this desire to share experiences?  They talk about the loneliness of the long distance runner; maybe blogging is a way to get past this.  For those of us who had not pushed our bodies to such extremes prior to embracing running – and I definitely fall in this group – most probably it’s a manifestation of the total amazement we have when we find that steady training actually works.  It’s like a miracle!  It’s enriching.  It’s rewarding.  It gives us an expanded sense of the possible.  What’s not to share?

Thank you, fellow runners and bloggers, for being out there in this intriguing world of the blogosphere.

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6 Responses to Why do so many runners blog?

  1. Lesley says:

    I wonder if there is a connection between whether someone is a solitary runner and an inclination to blog. I’m guessing that those of us who often run with others may be less likely to blog, as we already have a discussion forum. Just a thought.

  2. Running in Mommyland says:

    I’m so glad that you are blogging! Love your thoughts on runners and writers! Thanks for another great post!

  3. I think you’re right on all 5 of your accounts above — running is empowering and we are driven to share the passion with others in the hopes of bringing them into the light! We know, after all, they will be so much happier once they get there 🙂

    • I don’t have a lot of success convincing my closest friends to share my passion, since most are in their 60s and above, but at least I think they get it now. Maybe I reach out so I can connect with younger people who get it and have the same passion.

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