Of course, for runners!
When I am tired of reading books, I usually browse to these inspirational blogs which happen to be the blogsites of the top mountain trail runners in the United States. Yes, these elite trail runners are very good writers and they are very transparent in their daily journals and in their race reports. They follow the same principle of “consistency” in their training as well as in their writing to update their blogs!
It is sad to say that I no longer read and browse the local runner-bloggers because some of them are not regularly updated; too much advertisement of products and running events; and most of them are becoming “tools” of PR establishments. You could no longer read posts which are inspirational in nature or maybe a complete journal that depicts the experience of a runner in his/her training and races. (Well, who cares about your experiences in running a 5K, 10K, 15K or Half-Marathon if you have been doing that for the past 5-10 years!) Only one local blogger remains to be my favorite as of this date—Atty Jon Lacanlale’s “Ultrarunning & Beyond”
Going back to these inspirational trail runners’ blogs. If you regularly read these blogs, you could feel what they are going through in their training and preparation for a certain event. Moreso, when they describe their experiences in their race reports every time they finish a race. In these race reports, they are very humble to accept that they are defeated or mention the reasons why they won in a said event. These runners regularly post their stories and they are very transparent. They would bravely and humbly tell that they are injured in their training and DNFed in their races. They could be product endorsers of running shoes and apparels but you seldom read “bullshit” endorsements from them about the products they are using.
Anton Krupicka’s “Running The Wind” had greatly influenced me when I started going to “Brown Mountain” which is measly 8-mile total run distance. His posts drive me to love mountain trail running which resulted to my first Headlands 50-Mile Trail Run in the Marin Headlands last July of this year although I had my first bout with my first ultra trail run at the Bulldog 50K last August 2008.
Geoff Roes’ “Fumbling Towards Endurance” is also a great read from the No. 1 “Ultra Trail Runner of the Year” Award nominee for the year 2010 for having won prestigious 50-mile & 100-mile endurance trail races to include this year’s Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run.
Another new trail runner who had his 1st 50-mile trail run last December 4 of this year is also emerging as an inspirational blog for trail runners. His name is Jason Schlarb who have been greatly influenced by Tony Krupicka’s blog and his running philosophy. You have to commend this runner as he placed #5 in his 1st 50-mile trail run. By the way, Jason is an active Captain of the US Air Force.
Not to be outdone as one of my inspirational blogs is my friend Rick Gaston’s “365 me”. He hails from Bacolod City but was raised and educated in Hawaii, USA. After changing his residence to San Francisco, California, he had been consistently on the top 10-20 rankings in ultra trail races he had joined for the past 6-7 years. He also finished the prestigious Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in 2006.
So, if you are a hardcore runner or would like to be one, these are the running blogs that will inspire you for more running experiences and adventures.
Waiting and expecting for a runner’s blog from our local elite runners and coaches would be another story!
Good luck and happy reading!