Getting Over Rock & Blog Rejection

So last night many running bloggers around the world or maybe just US opened up their email and either got great news

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or my news

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And I have to confess…

I got really upset.

I love running, aside from cats, it’s my favorite thing in the world.

And while I may not be the greatest writer, photographer, and that advance of a recipe writer, the one thing I’m great at is getting excited about running, inspiring others and talking my face on in regards to marathons and running. So of course the rejection kinda hit a nerve that has not been hit in a while. The older I get, the tougher I get, but every once in a while I can still get sensitive.

Then I went to bed, okay correction, drank a glass of wine and then went to bed. I slept on it and got over myself.

I realized that this rejection is actually for the best. As far as running goes, the races and events I love participating in are local. Large national level events are not my thing. In fact, while running Rock N Roll New Orleans, I thought to myself that this might be my last Rock N Roll event. I find them impersonal, cookie cutter and only appeal is that it’s in destinations I want to visit. I hate running in packed courses. Running with 30,000 other runners is not appealing to me personally. While I love running Boston and I plan on running it for as many years as the BAA accepts me in, it is pretty much the only large scale marathon that I ever wanted to repeat. The races that tend to stick with more are the smaller Adirondack, or Vermont City ones. The race directors are generally local to the area, the pricing is more fair and reasonable and has more local flavor as you go place to place.

So yes, while I would have loved to run in Rock n Roll Denver & Vegas marathons, it’s not at the top of my marathon bucket list. I’m happy for my friends who got accepted and am excited for their 2015 races. However, it’s time to start knocking out more of the 50 states and hitting up my bucket list.

So here I am, making a virtual toast to staying true to myself and not trying to be anything else. This is my hobby, this is my passion, and I should stay true to myself and run to the beat of my own running path and no one else’s.

And no, needless to say, I am not adding myself to the wait-list or applying next year.

What’s your favorite marathon? I’m looking specifically for things not on in the North East so I can knock out more states. Currently I got Fargo and maybe Chicago. 

7 thoughts on “Getting Over Rock & Blog Rejection”

  1. I’ve never run a Rock ‘n’ Roll race, but I got that same feeling about their races – really big, impersonal, etc. Glad to hear that you realized it was for the best and that you’re going to stay true to you! I think that’s really important. The only RnR race I’m really interested in running is the New Orleans Half, and that’s because it’s the only major race in NOLA (and it’s at a great time of year).

    If you happen to stop through the Midwest, there are some great races in Ohio. I live in Columbus so I’m obviously biased there, but Cap City Half Marathon in the spring and the Columbus Marathon (and Half) in the fall are a great way to see the city.

    1. Thanks! I’ll look into the Columbus marathon! Spring will be hard for me to travel during March/April because of work.

      There’s a marathon (and I think half) in Baton Rouge about a month before that I’m thinking of doing one year with a New Orleans trip in there.

  2. I haven’t run their races either, and I guess it might be fun to try one out, I also get the feeling that they are large and impersonal. I don’t like how they are so expensive, yet don’t contribute to a charity of any sort, and I’ve heard that people stop, get on the “sag wagon” and still get a finisher’s medal at the end (??).

    I love your blog the way it is and reading about your running adventures. You’re super speedy and balance training with life and I like that. You might not be a recipe blogger with tons of photography, etc, but geez, you don’t get paid to run or blog, you have a life, you’re a real person, and to me quality blogs aren’t all about those things.

    If you ever want to run in SC I recommend the Charleston or Kiawah marathons! December and January :). So a nice winter vacation as well.

    1. SC is close on my list! Hopefully I can come visit it soon since it’s a close flight.

      Thank you!

      Yea I’m always curious how they get so many volunteers for the RnR events!

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