I have been blogging for 8 years and have been to several blogging conferences. This year I no longer update my parenting blog, I have this one here instead and it’s totally perfect that my first blogging conference in 2013 was not a parenting one (two of those will come later on this summer) but one for running bloggers.
A few days before the event I realised that I hadn’t ordered any new ‘business’ cards with my new blog name but when I got there it turned out that no one had them and no one actually needed them – most of us knew each other already! In a crowd of just 50 it was easy to spot familiar faces and the day went by way too fast in a happy blur of being inspired by every speaker and catching up with people who already felt like old friends.
At the end of the day we went for a 5km run, there was an olympian leading the group but I was so far behind he looked like a little dot in the distance :) My knees were actually giving me a bit of trouble and I decided then and there that I’m easing off this barefoot running thing. A running coach we heard, Karen Weir, demonstrated different elements of good running form and I realised that I can improve my form without focusing on landing on the forefoot so much. Leaning forward from my ankles, keeping the cadence up, learning to lift my legs using my hamstrings and glutes will all be good for me in the long run. The foot will naturally hit the ground more towards the middle of it rather than straight on the heel but from now on my focus will be on all the other elements of good running form – my ankles, feet and calves are simply not ready for full-on forefoot running.
Sitting in the train later on and heading home, I tweeted Liz and Laura to suggest that next year we start earlier and have at least an hour scheduled in for mingling and taking photos. I would have liked to say hi to absolutely everyone, I would have liked to sit down in a huge circle and have everyone say a few words about them (and then we’d have a big group hug ;) I wanted to mention a lot of people here by name and blog but started putting together a whole page of great running blogs instead. Stay tuned!
The great thing is that it looks like the amazing gals of Write This Run have more events planned so I’m keeping my eye on what’s happening and hoping to catch up with my running/blogging friends sooner rather than later again.
All in all – it was a great day and I’m buzzing with new love for running and blogging!
PS. For other posts about the event, check out Write This Run’s Facebook page.