After I quit swimming and had my third surgery almost three years ago I had no idea where things were heading. I had started running some while at school in Pittsburgh before my surgery but knew absolutely nothing about how to train for any kind of endurance event. In the spring I stumbled upon a running blog that quickly opened my eyes to this wonderful community of running and endurance bloggers. I started following a bunch of blogs and reading as much as I could to learn about running.
Some of those blogs I still follow, some don't exist anymore, and some I just didn't like the content so I stopped following them. What I've realized a lot over the past ~6 months is that just because someone has a blog and writes about running does not mean that they actually know anything about running or that you should follow their advice. When I first started reading blogs I thought the proper way to train for any kind of endurance event was by doing the bare minimum. I was way underestimating what I was capable of and what I needed to be doing to train for these events.
I have seen a lot of bloggers recently that say they are training for huge races like an Ironman or Half Ironman and are documenting their weekly workouts for all of their readers to see. In fact, they are actively promoting the way they are training for these events. The problem is that they are hardly even training. I know I shouldn't judge, especially since they are at least trying, but it drives me nuts that as someone training for short course triathlons I am putting in more volume than someone training for an Ironman. That is just backwards.
From following certain blogs I got the impression that you should start a training cycle for a marathon with long runs at ~6 miles like the beginner plans online say to do, even if you can regularly run around 10 miles. If you are a beginner or haven't run that long in awhile than starting shorter is the smart thing to do but if you can run 10 miles why sell yourself short and start with 6? It just doesn't make sense to me.
I am not writing this post to attack anybody as I am not directing this towards any particular bloggers but rather as a PSA of sorts to be more aware of the things you read. I've given advice on this blog before but it's all based on my own experiences and I am not sharing it because I am right but rather because I hope to help anybody who may experience the same challenges that I did. I really truly think that blogging has helped me as an athlete but now I only read those blogs that challenge me.
Just because your favorite blogger wears this brand of clothing or is following that training plan does not mean that you have to also. Give yourself a little more credit and do whatever is best for you. People are not going to stop reading your blog or get angry with you if you just don't like whatever popular bar is out there that everyone else seems to like. In a way the blogging community reminds me of a high school with some of the cliques. If they bother you, don't read them or interact with them.
Make your own decisions and surround yourself with people that inspire you, not anger you.