This Runner's Trials


Today my little blog turns one :)

I can't believe I started blogging a full year ago with this post.

What I can't believe even more is that this is my most popular post. I totally did not expect that when I wrote it!

I started blogging last year because I had some goals. I thought it would be cool to document my progress towards those goals. Unfortunately there's been some bumps in the road and I wouldn't call my goals completed, but instead a work in progress:

  • I tried to set PRs. I set an 8k PR, but you all know the real PR I strived for was one in the marathon. Not only did I not meet that goal, but I also didn't finish the race.


  • I tried to tri. And I did! I completed my first sprint triathlon and first Olympic distance tri. But my huge goal of a half Ironman didn't happen, partly because I missed the registration deadline. Oops.



While I fell short of my goals, I did get something very unexpected out of blogging: like-minded, crazy friends :)


Picture from Sara.

Sometimes it's really hard for me to blog and share my feelings, but I am so glad I do. Because you guys are awesome :) Connecting with people in-person and online because of the blog has been such an amazing, unexpected gift.

You guys are the reason I continue to blog. So thank YOU so much for your comments, support, and and ability to make me smile. And thanks for granting me my first blogiversary!


Sometimes ice cream > cupcakes ;)

Here's to another fun year!

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  1. Happy Birthday to This Runners Trials! You are an amazing lady with a fabulous blog! I have a feeling that the next year will bring great things to your life. Cheers to you!

  2. Happy Blogiversary :) I look forward to seeing what year two brings!

  3. Happy One Year! I just had to click through to your most popular post!

  4. Happy blog birthday! Hopefully next year you will list becoming pregnant as one of the big accomplishments! :)

  5. Happy Blog Birthday! I love how honest you are in your blog :) And ice cream ALWAYS wins over cake for me!

  6. Happy Blog Birthday! And congrats on a year of posting. Even though you may not have achieved all your goals, it’s still crazy to look back and see how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished. I’m so happy you started this blog and that we’ve been able to become friends through it. I can’t wait to see what year two brings. :)

  7. Happy blog birthday! I love reading your posts and feel totally emotionally invested in all of your journeys. :)

  8. Happy Blog Birthday! You are a strong woman and an inspiration to read about.

  9. Happy Blog Birthday! I think you know how much I enjoy reading your thoughtful, provocative posts. You have inspired me so much and made me look at running, goal setting and unplanned struggles in such a new way, and I’m grateful for that. Keep writing — I can’t wait to keep reading.

  10. Happy blog birthday, beautiful Jen! It’s been crazy, but we do need to get together soon. :)

  11. Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for sharing your life with us :) Haha, my most popular post to date included a picture of Ryan Reynolds. Hmm…

  12. Happy birthday blog!!!! I think friends are the best thing to come of blogs too :) can’t wait to follow you through another year.

  13. happy blog birthday -i love reading your blog! here’s to another year of great things from blogging! :)

  14. Happy Bloggiversary indeed!!!

  15. happy blog birthday! so happy to have met you this year :)

  16. Happy blog-versary! Hope year two is even more special with good news.

  17. Happy birthday blog! And I loved that post!

  18. Happy Bloggerversary!!! So exciting!!!!!!! I remember when we found each others blogs- I was so happy! And I still can’t believe we’ve never met in person, totally feels like we know each other : )

  19. Happy blog-birthday! Just found your blog.. loving it already!

  20. Happy blogiversary:) I had no idea this blog was only a year old – you write as if you’ve been doing it for ages and you do a fantastic job of speaking from the heart. You have helped me (and I’m sure many others) in so many ways. I can’t wait to see what the next year holds for you Jen, you deserve only the best!

  21. yay for fort mill bloggers!!! here’s wishing your blog a very happy first birthday! congrats!

  22. Congrats! I believe that year two of blogging will be even better!

  23. Congrats on 1 year!! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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