The last week or so, I’ve had been thinking about a lot about the direction of Runnin’ Not Walken and Runners Doing Good. This November will be the anniversary of the first year of the blog and we’re less than 6 months from the 5th anniversary of the running team being founded. A lot of good has come from these efforts and I feel like there’s plenty left in the tank. I’ve written about Gabriele, “Gabe” Grunewald a couple times of late and the inspiration that she’s provided to so many.
I had received a direct message through the Runners Doing Good Instagram account recently and came across an interaction I had with her back in January and it got me thinking. If someone of her stature liked and believed in what RDG was about, I was probably on the right path. I also probably got off of that path slightly.
Life had gotten pretty busy with training for a mini-marathon I ended up not running in because of an injury and kicking off the Runnin’ Not Walken fundraiser properly. I had lessened the runner stories and featured more team and personal stories. Runnin’ Not Walken can be a part of that but it shouldn’t be the only thing and I hope to get back to the runner features that got this thing rolling.
There are stories to tell, runners and causes to support, and inspiration to spread. There are so many runners that are making an impact in some way that featuring one a month profile isn’t enough.
So here’s the pledge, give me a quick bit and this thing is going to get ramped up and move forward with more great runners and stories of inspiration. Pete, @thewannaberunner, if you’re reading this, I’m looking at you buddy. What you’ve done is rock-star stuff man. You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished and the inspiration you’ve given so many.
If any of you have read some of the past features, what are your favorites? Do you have a runner or team of runners to nominate? If so, let me know in the comment section!