|If you understand this reference, congratulations; we are soul mates.|
5 years ago, while in New York visiting a friend, I went over to Central Park for a Saturday morning run put together by blogger Ben Davis. After running, we all sat and got to know each other over breakfast, and I quickly found out I was one of the few people there without a blog. I had written blogs before, and had long since toyed with the idea of starting a running blog, but had never gotten around to it. Peer pressure won out, and the next day I sat down to write my first entry on this blog.
I had no idea what to call my blog, as most of the good running names and/or puns had already been taken. Taking inspiration from a sign I'd seen at a race recently, I went with I Thought They Said Rum.
A lot has changed in the last five years. I broke up with my girlfriend at the time, and a few months later started dating Stevie. I started my current full time job as a high school German teacher, Stevie and I got engaged, got married, moved into a duplex across town, then had a son. All the while, I continued to blog, mostly about running but with the occasional life update thrown in.
I've pushed myself towards different running goals over the years, striving for PR's in various distances. I've weighed in on topics in the running world over the years, such as the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon, the death of two runners at the Philadelphia Marathon, or that perennially thorny issue of the two terms "running" and "jogging."
I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish more people read my blog. I would love the perks of blogging that other bloggers enjoy, like free shoes or even free trips to races, but at the end of the day I keep up with this blog because I simply love to run and write. Any readership I've gained over the years, however small, is simply a welcome bonus.
I can't imagine the blog will change a whole lot over the coming years. I wish I had the time to update the look of the blog, maybe even change the name, create better graphics, come up with more interesting content, but it'll probably be business as usual for the foreseeable future. I'll continue to run races and blog about them, weigh in on issues facing the running world, and update you with tidbits of my life. If you've been with me for any or all of this journey, thanks for reading, and I do hope you'll stick around.