When the real world meets the web world

This has been a crazy busy few weeks of training, hot weather and end of term activities at school.
On Monday morning it crossed my mind that the new edition of Women’s Running would be out at some point this week and I ummmed and ahhhhed about removing my blog address from my Twitter page, as I knew WR were including my Twitter handle in their write-up about me as part of Operation Ultra.

Too late!  When I got home from work on Monday evening, the latest edition was already sat waiting for me on my doorstep…


I quickly grabbed my copy, threw my school things down and sat on the couch to turn to the Operation Ultra pages.

There was me, on page 99 along with Lynda and Anne-Marie, the other Operation Ultra winners for 2013.  I look so nervous in this picture!


On the next page there’s an action shot of me running through Bushy Park back at the start of July on the training day.  I really like this picture.  :)


I skim-read the article, then read it again, and possibly once more before passing it over to Dan, who immediately took a picture of it on his phone.
Even though I had a fair idea of what was going to be in the magazine, it was pretty exciting seeing it in their in print!

There was no going back now!!!  I took the magazine in with me for my final day at school yesterday and showed a few people.  Still rather nervous about them finding my blog through Twitter.  I mentioned it to Dan, who had the attitude of ‘So what?…it’s helping you with your training, who cares what anyone else thinks?  You’re doing this for you.’ so I rather nervously left my blog URL up on my Twitter page.  Hello anyone that knows me that’s now begun reading through my blog! Please do comment and say ‘Hey!’ every now and again.  You’ll probably learn much more about my running and wedding planning than you ever wanted to know and definitely more than I would share in real life!

For everyone that already has a blog, how did you feel about people you knew reading your entries?…

6 thoughts on “When the real world meets the web world

  1. Congratulations on the magazine- that picture is indeed fab!
    I have not told anyone I know about my blog (except for Andy who helped me set it up, although he doesn’t read it- I bore him enough already haha!).
    A while ago one of my friends texted me to say she had found my blog as she was looking for a recipe and came across one that I had made, then went to the “about me” page and realised it was me! That made me feel strange, but I don’t tend to put really personal things there anyway. I would not want my headteacher to read it, or parents of children I teach, but the likelihood that they would find it is small, and I just make sure I don’t put anything on there that I wouldn’t want them to know. For example I would never put anything negative about work (except saying I had a busy/ tiring day).
    My friend has never commented on it, and I have no idea if she reads it, but I can’t imagine most of my friends would be interested in what I blog about (especially all the running things) as they don’t share that interest with me.
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    1. Yeah, I think Dan avoids mine for the same reason…I’m trying really hard to restrain from talking running non-stop now he’s started running with me…saving it for the blog!
      I wouldn’t feel comfortable my headteacher reading my blog either, or the kids I teach. But my new school only has 83 students, much less than my current school of 200. I guess (hope) there’s a pretty small chance of someone finding my blog with those numbers!

  2. Eeek!! So exciting! I hope you’re showing EVERYONE the magazine!! Love that pic too – fab action shot! I don’t mind people knowing about my blog or twitter. I started the blog as I was driving family and friends bonkers by talking about running all the time but then I discovered Twitter … and I now talk about running all the time on there anyway! So I kind of link the two.
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  3. This is amazing Mary, congratulations! Just had a little catch up on the blog too, super impressed re: Operation Ultra :)

    Re: people reading my entries – only my boyfriend knows of my blog and a sweet couple I met on holiday, I *think* I would be ok about it, obviously a little embarrassed as I talk about stuff my friends would probably find boring! I know though that they would be cool about it and encouraging :)

    1. Thank-you! Re: Op Ultra, I still feel like I’m living in a dream! Haha!
      That’s the thing, you start blogging, not really considering that people you know might stumble upon it and have a read. I felt a little embarrassed about sharing my blog with others and don’t think I will ever feel comfortable talking about it really with friends. Even though like your friends, mine would probably be encouraging too.

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