There are lots of ways to determine if you are a runner as opposed to a 'jogger'. Nothing cranks me up more that being asked, "Are you going jogging?" That of course prompted me to blog about it. Here is the post I put up on the Reggae Marathon blog this morning with the Top 10 things that prove you are a runner: Top 10 Reasons to indicate you are a Runner
Sally, Court and I are back in Negril in a couple of weeks to run the Reggae Marathon again. That's me from last year well before hitting the wall.
It's tough staying calm about the Reggae Marathon. I've run, swam, and biked in numerous 10 K's, 1/2 marathon's and triathlons over the years but the Reggae Marathon in Negril pumps me up. Maybe its my Jamaican heritage or the fact that I love beaches...whatever the reason, I am totally jacked about it.
Sally and I made it down last year and made a number of friends. We're back again this year bringing Court with us. He and I are running the 1/2 marathon Saturday morning...that's going to be truly memorable.
As you know I've been blogging for the Reggae Marathon since September. It's been great to see the media coverage extending out now from all the blogging, tweeting and facebooking. Hey, that stuff really works! Team Lipstick from New York will be in Negril this year to train and run. They just like to run hard, play hard and have fun...all the really important values in life. Check out their story in the article below:
I don't know about you, but "where did September and October go?". It seems that just moments ago we were sitting outside on the deck enjoying the warm weather and a few adult beverages and now I have to put socks on!
If you've been following the storyline, you may recall that a couple of months ago I became the official blogger for the Reggae Marathon. And yes, blogging for them and a couple of other clients has kept me away from personal blogging. I apologize for that.
I have always been a storyteller. I loved hearing the adults tell stories at family functions as a kid. I can still vividly recall Dad and his cronies 'talking politics' around the bar at home in Jamaica.
I got into the storytelling business myself late one night when I heard 'The Hobbit' on CBC radio. I was at the University of Waterloo at the time and was blown away by the vividness of the images that the broadcast conjured up. The very next morning I applied for an announcing job at the university radio station and within months had successfully entered the broadcasting program at Conestoga College. Talk about a change. The conversation with Mom and Dad about that career change was 'interesting'. But I was passionate about and they were very supportive.
I have never regretted the decision. It led to a career in marketing and advertising that I am still passionate about and still enjoy. And it led to blogging. I've managed to combine running and blogging with storytelling and making a living. I guess that passion thing really works.
I'm looking forward to finishing up the fall of 2010 with the Reggae Marathon run in Negril on December 4. Sally is coming of course (couldn't do it without her) and this year Court is joining us. He and I will be running the 1/2 marathon and I hope to cross the finish line with him. I can't think of a bigger thrill.