Write This Run recap

This has taken longer than planned.  Originally I intended on getting a Write This Run post up on Monday after school but (TMI warning…) I have been lying in bed throwing my guts up since 6pm on Monday night and only now feel well enough to prop myself on my side and attempt a blog post to try and highlight just what a fantastic day Sunday was.

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Being relatively new to the blogging world I have never attended any type of blogger meet-up before and being of rather a shy personality was not sure how I would find the day.

IMAG0772I felt rather awkward to begin with and nervously downed several glasses of water before IronMum took pity on me and came over for a chat.  Just before 10am we were ushered up to the conference room where our first panel of speakers were sat ready to talk to us.  Carys Matthews, Rhalou Allerhand and Fraser Sim spoke to us during the Social Media and PR section.

After a short loo break we returned to our seats to welcome the Inspiring Stories panel.  This was my favourite panel of the day and consisted of Kevin Betts, Donna DeWick and Mimi Anderson.

Mimi Anderson is my new hero and I cannot believe all of the crazy adventures she has had when she didn’t even begin running until the age of 37!  I’ve got another 9 years yet to consider where I want to take my crazy running adventures!  The elegant, stylish and well-spoken ‘Marvellous Mimi’ that stood before us was not what we were expecting following tales of camper-van living and running across extreme parts of the world.  I only wish that I had been brave enough to quiz her on ultra running and her experience on the day.  [Damn being so shy!]

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Jay asked the all-important question that we were all dying to know though…’with events like Mimi attends, what was the quality of the goodie bags?!’  (Pretty good apparently!)

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Kevin told us about the 52 [sub 4!] marathons he had run in 2011 in order to raise money and awareness for Mental Health after his Dad committed suicide whilst he was a teenager.  He read through a short letter that he had been given following a recent talk in a high school from a student that had been considering suicide.  The letter thanked him for his goal-setting talk and honesty and openness about the issue of suicide.  I think several people welled up during this point and had to turn away.  With two students at our school committing suicide within the space of a year I feel that a talk from somebody like Kevin would be very beneficial as part of the new PD scheme of work currently in the planning stages for next year and will be suggesting it over the next few weeks.

Lunch was a nice surprise when we headed outside to the smells of a BBQ cooking and I loaded up on a burger, roll and some salad.  The Chobani team came round afterwards with some yoghurts to try.  I am in love with the strawberry flavour!

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After lunch we headed back up for the ‘Bloggers and Vloggers’ panel – Philippa Moore, Stuart Amory and of course, Laura Fountain, one of the brains behind Write This Run!

The fourth and final panel was dubbed the ‘Running Experts’ and consisted of Rebecca Randell, Karen Weir and Scott Overall.IMAG0777

Karen got us all up and moving to demonstrate some good [and poor] running techniques and we all learnt where we should keep our credit cards (tucked in our bums to engage the glutes!)

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Most of us then headed out to run a 5k led by Scott Overall around Hampton Park to finish off the day where we ran alongside several hundred deer which was a new experience for me!  I’m used to riding through them on horseback, but letting you get this close in person was a completely new experience!  (Note: I didn’t see Scott at all and was somewhere close to the back running at a 9:15-9:30 pace!  These running bloggers can really run!  It meant that I had the chance to chat to a few more bloggers though and spent some time chatting to Katie who I realised afterwards had supplied the yummy cake we had eaten in the afternoon break.)

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scott and kevin

(Pic of Scott and Kevin taken from the Write This Run FB page)

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I took pages of notes throughout the day, and jotted down several quotes, my favourites being the following…

“What’s the point in having 10,000 Twitter followers if they’re all miserable fuckers?!”  – Rhalou, after giving some excellent advice about not tweeting when you’re in a bad mood!

“We’re not going to sell you shoes – you have something wrong with your feet!”
“Everybody has the ability to go out and challenge themselves”
– Donna, proving that no matter who doesn’t believe in you, believing in yourself matters more than anything else.

“Only ever stop if there’s no other option.” – Kevin, on how he made it through 52 marathons!

As runners we all love a good goodie bag, and we were not disappointed at what we received at the end of our blogging-marathon day…

This beautiful bag…

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…contained these fantastic goodies…!

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(Everything gets photographed on the hob in my house!)

Some of which I shall be writing about over the next few days as my obsession list continues.  I have lots of blog post ideas in the pipeline following Sunday so once I’m feeling better expect to be bombarded with new posts!  :)

Would I recommend Write This Run?  Definitely!  It was a great day filled with some fantastic inspirational and hillarious speakers.  Check out the Write This Run website for details on their other events.

P.S. I shall pretend that the suggested guideline for blogpost wordcounts was actually 1000 and not 300 words.  :)

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15 thoughts on “Write This Run recap

  1. Ha! I’d completely forgotten Rhalou’s “miserable fuckers” comment :)

    I wish I’d recorded her presentation, just to play back whenever I felt down.

  2. Wow, 300 words? Clearly this is one of the many reasons I’m not a successful blogger 😛

    Write This Run looks amazing – the whole experience seems incredible and my admiration for Kevin is so great I can’t express it in words. As someone who has a history of attempted suicide(s) I really appreciate what he has done to raise awareness about the cause and to make people aware of how severe and debilitating mental health problems can be.

    On a lighter note, the swag bag is brilliant – it’s great to see UK conferences catching up with their US counterparts in so many respects.

    xxx

    1. Haha! Checking on Twitter earlier today it turns out I and several others got it wrong and it was actually make sure you write at least 300 words. Whoops! So I guess you and me are both fine with our long blog posts…we can be successful after all! :)
      Write This Run was great. Kevin was a great speaker. He had just the right personality to talk about suicide without the room turning into gloom. He told us about his own experiences and dealt with it in a light hearted manner whilst getting the facts across and he, along with Mimi were probably my favourite speakers of the day.

      The swag bag was a fantastic addition to the day! Better than any race goodie bag I’ve ever had! I felt so jealous of all the Americans and their run blogging conferences before and by chance came across a link for WTR with just one ticket left, so nabbed it! :)

  3. It sounds fab- I will try for sure to go to another event, although I think I would have spent the whole day being nervous about going for that run, silly me! Like you, I am shy when I meet people and don’t think I ever put a good first impression across, but I also think those types of things are good for me to do as they force me to realise that nothing bad will actually happen. Cool goodie bag too!
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    1. Yes, definitely try to make another event! Hopefully the next one will have some sort of mixing event at the start so everyone can get to know each other a little better. Lots of the people from around London knew each other already so I felt a little out of it to begin with when we were just milling around waiting for the speakers to begin. The run was fine. I was near the back, but when I realised in my head (after less than 2 mins) that Scott would no longer be in sight I just enjoyed being out for a run again! The park was really nice to run through.
      I made the worst first impression to somebody. I’m not even sure who! Somebody started to talk to me just as I had spied the cake so I had already begun to shoot off in the direction of the cake. I returned to apologise, missed my mouth whilst eating and then ended up with cake down the side of my glass! Yes, I am a big cake mess. :(

    1. The swag was great, and the speakers were fantastic. We had such a range of speakers that everybody got so much out of the event. I have so much more to write over the next month or so and to experiment with in my own training. I’m glad I took so many notes!

  4. Oogling your goody bag big time, looks awesome! And well done you for building up the courage to go :) As a newbie blogger (and runner) I loved the look of Write This Run (it happened that I had other plans but I’m still not sure if I would have had the guts to have gone even if I was free), and so glad that you had an ace time!

    1. I’m a newbie blogger but have been running a couple of years now (although still pretty slowly! One day I’ll get there!) and was umming and ahhing about going, but when I saw that there was just one ticket left I clicked ‘Buy’ before thinking about it anymore otherwise I knew I would regret it! And I’m glad I did! There are other WTR events coming up so I definitely recommend keeping an eye out for them! :)

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