Running is something I really enjoy. Back in high school, I ran cross country and I enjoyed hanging out with a group who liked endurance activities. For 10 years I ran as part of my training for rowing. Knowing that others were training on their own sparked my competitive spirit so I knew I had to run in order to keep up. More recently, I participated in a couple of half marathons. I was never in a competitive position but I thoroughly enjoyed the routine of the training runs and seeing my improvements. And yet, I yet haven’t gone out for a run on my own volition in almost a year.
I also enjoy blogging. It started as a requirement for part of an online course, DS106. Like with running, I enjoyed the camaraderie of a community improving their skills together. I continued to blog on my own a bit but found it challenging to not have a goal or deadline and far too many far-reaching interests. I liked that Cohort21 spurred me to get back at it last year but I haven’t blogged since Season 5 ended!
Somehow, “Just Do It” wasn’t enough. I have SO Many interests – it’s hard to make time to repeatedly focus on any one thing…
Communities and deadlines are good for me. That was part of the power of Cohort21 last year – it repeatedly forced me to focus on my Action Plan and associated issues. I’m looking forward to meeting all the new participants and getting back into a bit of a writing regimen. Watch this space!
Now, I need to sign up for a run in the spring to focus on that too… Anyone else in need of a goal and repeated check ins? Want to join me?
Behind the Scenes – aka. the teacher in me:
- Took photo of my running shoes and laptop with my phone
- Used Enlight app to create “sketch” effect
- Airdropped the photo to my laptop
- Uploaded the photo to flickr
- Used Embed code from flickr to link photo to blog (and, hopefully, improve load time)