Inspired by Jessica’s list of Things I’ve Learned from Blogging, and Half-Fast’s Advice for New Runners, I thought I’d start a series of posts called “You Know You’re a Crazy Running Blogger When.” Rather than one list, I’ll add a short post every time I get inspired. Today’s topic? Googling for other people who ran the same race as you.
It all started when I checked my StatCounter and found that someone had gotten to my blog by searching for Manhattan Half-Marathon 2008. What a great idea! I’d love to see what some other crazy running bloggers thought of the race. So I too Googled it, and came upon several race reports. Now I have lots more blogs to keep busy with reading — hi to Beast, Birch and Admin, TK, Jenny, Doug, Andy, and Elizabeth. Admittedly I haven’t learned all about everyone yet (or in some cases, even their real names), but they’re all now in my Google Reader so I’m sure it will happen soon.
In a strange coincidence, Doug and I finished at about the same time, and he thinks he may have seen my blue jacket. He’s probably just being nice because I suggested that maybe we were crossing the finish simultaneously, but that would still be cool to make a friend by finding them online after a race! It sounds like everyone had some problems with the hills and feeling slow, which makes me feel like I was in good company! Also, a lot of these people seem to do tris, so maybe to fit in with the NYC crazy blogging community I need to start swimming and biking more? Actually, two summers ago I was into all three and was planning to do a (sprint) triathlon at some point. Then senior year of college and alcoholism happened, so… 🙂
The running blogging community is funny. I didn’t really know where to look when I started reading blogs (this was before I started writing my own), so I actually came across a lot of different ones, and noticed something. There are a few different circles, not necessarily distinguished by any one characteristic, but everyone in those circles reads and comments on everyone else’s blogs within that circle and it’s rare to go outside that loop. I think that just means that everyone finds new blogs by looking through the comments of what they already read. Should I take that as a sign that no one else is crazy like me and Googles the races they’ve done?