It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for ten years, and yet when I look back on some of my earlier posts, some of the events I talked about seem like a lifetime ago. On January 31, 2013 I hit publish for the first time and my very first post on DebRuns appeared, complete with a screen shot of my laptop and a plea to stay tuned.
How it Began
One evening over dinner, my son’s girlfriend (now wife) had me enthralled as she talked about a running blog she followed. Intrigued, I asked questions and knew immediately that I wanted to start a blog of my own. I had recapped a few of my races on Facebook notes and thought how fun it would be to have my own space just for talking about all things running and fitness.
It took me about two seconds to come up with DebRuns as my blog name, the name that had once adorned my SUV’s vanity plates, and a picture of those expired plates became my blog’s banner during its early days. With a little help from my husband and son, Deb Runs became a reality, and about two weeks later, I enthusiastically jumped into the world of blogging.
More than Just Running Talk
In addition to race recaps, training tips, summaries of workouts, and the occasional interview with a local athlete, I like to take a light hearted look at running, including things runners either love to talk about or hate to admit we might do while out on the trail.
Interestingly, my two most popular posts had nothing to do with fitness… What It’s Really Like to be a Hokie got 1,784 views the day it went viral after a student shared it on a Virginia Tech Facebook page, and the post that gets 20 or so hits every single day is My Favorite Walked Into A Bar Jokes Are Corny, Hilarious, And Even Educational.
A Few Stats from the Past Ten Years
Just for fun I compiled a few stats from my 3,652 days of blogging. During that time DebRuns has shared…
1,615 Blog Posts
73 Race Recaps
41 Throwback Race Recaps
1 Race Recap from a Race Director’s Perspective
2 Linkups: Wednesday Word and Race Linkup (Both Now Defunct)
What Blogging Has Given Me
Through blogging I’ve made many new friends, both in real life and virtually. I met some of those virtual friends in person at planned meetups at races, on training runs, and even at parties. I’ve also randomly met people at races who recognize me from the blog.
Believe it or not, DebRuns holds me accountable. On days I’m tempted to skip a workout, remembering that someone might be inspired by me choosing a workout over sleeping in makes me much more likely to make that workout happen. Blogging has also given me an opportunity to bounce ideas off of other like-minded people when training difficulties or injuries arise.
I’ve had the opportunity to try new products that I might not otherwise have heard about when products were pitched to DebRuns to try and review. And over the years, I’ve been offered a few ambassadorships in exchange for promoting gear, apparel, and races to my readers and social media followers.
How Much Has Deb Run Since DebRuns Started
During the past ten years, I’ve added quite a few races to my racing history. Here’s the rundown…
11 Half Marathons
5 Ragnar Relays
71 Total Races
5 Trail Races/66 Road Races
1 1st-Place Overall Female Master Winner
20 Age Group Wins
8 Age Group Second Place Finishes
9 Age Group Third Place Finishes
1 4-Miler PR
1 Half PR
1 20K PR
Other Thoughts Fit to Discuss
As DebRuns’ tagline suggests, much of my blog includes talking about fitness activities above and beyond running. During the last few years I’ve talked more about cycling as that’s become a huge part of my cardio routine; and of course, I have continued to include discussions of strength training, a passion since 1983.
- • If you blog, how long have you been blogging?
- • If you’re a regular reader, do you recall how and when you found my blog? Or do you blog, and I found your blog first?
- • If you blog, how did you come up with your blog’s name?
How fun. I love to follow certain blogs and yours is one.
I used to post on my blog anniversary but have forgotten.
I started my blog the day I decided to start running. March 25 2008. I’ve posted 3x a week ever since. It was called my first 5k because that was my goal. As you know I kept on running. Eventually in 2011 I started half marathons and never looked back.
Love the license plate.
Thanks, Darlene! And wow, you’ve been blogging a long time!
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! Wow, this is epic! And fun fact for today – my parents were married on this day in 1980, 43 years ago! Mum’s not with us anymore but dad had a dinner for us over the weekend to recognise today.
Now to answer those fun questions at the end: I came across your blog from a link-up – I think it would have been the weekly link-up on Sunday as that’s the first one I joined. I was intrigued by all these running blogs written by different women with different experiences and blog styles. This month is 6 years since I started blogging. My blog’s name “The Gaborone Runner” is from the city I run – Botswana’s fabulous capital, LOL!
Thanks, Shathiso, and happy six years of blogging to you!
Happy 10th anniversary! Excellent job for keeping up the blog for 10 years. Hopefully, many more to come!
I’ve only been blogging since 2019.
I found your blog when you started linking up with Kim and Zenaida’s Tuesday Topics. I wish I had a number plate like yours – very cool!
congratulations on 10 years! So much has changed since we all started blogging. I believe I am right behind you March of 2013. Time flies! I do cringe at some of my earlier photos I posted 🙂
Thanks, Deborah, and happy upcoming ten years of blogging to you!
Wow, 10 years is a HUGE milestone, especially for blogging, Congratulations!
I actually don’t know how long I’ve been blogging (I should probably check, lol) but I first came across your blog via a link up and I’m so happy I did!
Happy blogaversary! I’m not far behind you–I’ve been blogging for 9 years. But yours was one of the first that I followed when I started and I have to admit I was intimidated. You were so accomplished! Your blog was so professional looking! But here we are, both on our journeys and still blogging. Thank you for the inspiration!
Thanks, Wendy! I’m both humbled and cracking up a little that you were intimidated by my blog/me. I love how our little blogging group of friends have grown into friends over the years.
Congratulations! That’s a big blogiversary! I think I found your blog through Kim and Deborah’s Weekly Rundown. My favorite part of the week is when I sit down on Sunday to read everyone’s posts- I love the diversity in workouts, blog styles, and locations (I’m always marveling that we all- or most of us- live in the same country and have a vastly different weather experience every week!) I’ll be interested to see what the next ten years of blogging looks like for you.
Thanks, Jenny! And yes, I remember when you started joining the linkup and we got a chance to get to know you!
Congratulations! My first post was on January 1, 2011. I cringe when I read some of my earlier posts. I know I found your blog through one of the linkups but cannot remember which one. I love the vanity plates so what happened to them? You don’t have them anymore?
Oh wow, you’ve been blogging a long time, too! I had those plates on my 4-Runner and when I got a new SUV I retired them instead of transferring them.