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Up for a little experiment?

One of the things that I really love about the Lounge is all the new people that join and we get to meet everyday.  It's not just because I love meeting new runners - that in and of itself is cool.   But an even better benefit is meeting their part of the web world.

Have you noticed that each runner you bump into in the web world has their own little web of contacts, friends and resources?   It is amazing when you start to dig in.  Just when you think you might actually know almost all the bloggers or running resources out in our big virtual world, you meet another runner who is part of an entirely different network of runners and links and resources.

For example, when I was reading Wes blog last week, I hopped over to Paul Kindzia's blog to check out his post.  I love his idea of a "streaking challenge".  I have taken on, albeit a bit more informally, his streaking challenge to see how many days I can do 30 minutes of cardio (any kind, type or shape).   Next I followed the link trail of two new Loungers - Bill and Michael.

Bill's post on the Spirit of the Marathon that reminded me that it was coming up soon.  He has also a great blog for the middle to long distance runner that has great tips each day.

Michael Hyatt joined the Lounge and brought a whole another list of resources.   Michael has challenged 25% of his employees at his company to run a half marathon with him in April.   And to help them, he has provided a list of resources to get started and keep moving.  It a little web world that is both informative and motivating.

By visiting their web worlds, these three guys and their web world and resources have reshaped my running and training plans for the next month.

And all these little webs and pieces of running wisdom got me thinking, what if we found a way to collect all the knowledge of us "ordinary runners".  What would happen if we all put our virtual heads together?   Even though many of us aren't elite athletes, coaches or authors, it doesn't mean that we haven't earned a well deserved PhD in running.   Whether you are starting out and have run one day, or maybe have 50 years of running under your belt, or somewhere in between - all of us have lessons learned that make us wiser and better runners.  

So let's share it.  Let's bring it together.

Here is my idea:

  • Let's pick a topic every few weeks.  It could be something like 1/2 marathon training, beginning running, finding time to run, running in the cold weather/snow or staying motivated.   We will post the topic so everyone knows what we are discussing.
  • If you want to participate, write a post on that topic and leave a link to your post in the orginal post stating the topic.  Remember, your post can be about your own learnings/wisdom on the topic or it can be a list of resources (books, podcasts, websites, blogs, gear, etc) that you use related to the topic.
  • At the end of the time (let's say about 2 weeks), we publish a post with a list of all the links to the posts and point out all the new tips, resources, websites, etc for that topic.   It would be like the blog carnivals you see around the blogosphere.

What do you think?  Would you like to give it a try? 

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.  If you are up for the experiment, let me know what topic we should try first.

January 13 - Update:

Based on your feedback from the "Up for an experiment?" post, looks like we will give it a try.  How exciting!   Here is what you need to do - relax, this won't hurt a bit!  It is quick and easy.

Between now and January 24th, write a post (or go back through your old ones) on the topic...

Basics of Running

Basics of Running can include any tried and true "rules" that you know work for you that help you runner better, injury free, faster, longer ... or whatever you consider a key element of any runners training and racing plan.  It can be 3 sentences, or it can be 2 pages.  It can be a compilation of what you learned the hard way.  Or, it can be a list of the best books, websites, and training plans you have found.   Heck, it can be a little bit of all of that.  There is no right way.  The only wrong way is if you don't participate

On Thursday, January 24th, stop by this blog and post your link to your article. 

I have a tentative title for this little party - Take it and Run Thursday - because I hope you will find it a fun way to drop off some tips and pick up another.   If it works, we will add it as a regular part of our blog.  If not - well - looks like you will be stuck with posts from Tom and I for one more day each week - eeck!


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