Well, this seems a little bit strange. I first dabbled in blogging almost three years ago, after the birth of my son, Ethan. I used it as a way to communicate and share the experience with family and friends; it lasted all of about four weeks and not many more posts as the experience itself drew me in and away from the keyboard (or mobile mainly).
Not that I didn't enjoy it. I did. And the feedback was nice from those who had took the time to read what I had to write. I've thought about starting again, but something has always stopped me in my tracks. Time, work, commitments...it happens like that sometimes. Then as the days, weeks, months and years, literally, went by, I found it more difficult to return to write again. Until now.
You see, I've had an idea. I have lots, as my wife Gemma can testify to. Most are abit 'out there,' but I like to think of myself as a visionary. Ahead of my time if you will. And, for once, I'm going to act on it my latest thoughts. It may turn out to be a good bit of fun; it may fall on its knees, but at least I can say I tried.
You see, I am a runner. I'm a dad. I'm a running dad. And my idea is that, as I am not alone in that, there is a community of us out there who enjoy not only the body and mind fitness benefits, but also part of our motivation is to extend this to our children. Running Dads is a way to bring those people together; to share experiences, hints & tips, blogs or vlogs and to brag a little to those who will listen as to what has been achieved. Whether it's a 5km or ultra, trail or road; it's all relative to the person undertaking the challenge.
I want Ethan to know what it is to have an aspiration and challenge and be able to meet it. To achieve something through hard work, commitment and sacrifice and reap the rewards. To understand healthy mind and healthy body is equally important and that it isn't about the distance; it's the journey. That's why I run. That's why many of us do.
So, who knows? Running Dads may spark into my ramblings and afew Twitter and blog followers, or into something bigger. It may last a month. It may last a year or even beyond.
Welcome though to the journey; get your trainers on, and let's go.