Random Thoughts on a Friday Morning

Random Thoughts on a Friday Morning

Random Thoughts

Needing to rest vs. needing to find my mojo

Tokyo Marathon zapped me out mentally and physically. I was really glad to take a break from running when I got back. But now I’m finding it hard to wake up in the morning and get that mojo flowing. I have decided that in order to be able to run, I need to … well … I need to run! But making run happen should not be a chore, so I am starting on a run-streak for the month of April. And to make sure I don’t miss it, I’m recruiting the minions to run atleast a mile a day with me; even if they have other activities. And a treat at the end of it all – pedicures for all of us and a girls afternoon out!

In the pursuit of a gym bag that doesn’t look like one!

I’m lucky to have a great gym at my work building and I usually drop my bag in the morning for a lunchtime workout. But the gym instituted a new policy starting on April 1st that we could not leave our workout bags in the locker room before/after our workout. Not much of a big deal, but … I do NOT want to be seen going/coming back from the gym and being judged for it. Normally, I don’t care about appearances and I have an awesome team. But I also would like to keep my personal going-ons under wraps and not come under the scrutiny of the one or two busybodies with the loudest voices that every workspace is bound to have. And hence I’m in the pursuit of a gym bag (with shoe compartment) that doesn’t look like one. I’ve had a lot of recommendations and I’m chasing them down one by one to see which one suits me best.

Gym Bag that doesn't like one
So many choices!!

Change in blogging focus

I’ve been on and off blogging these past 8-10 months – due to injuries and not wanting to whine about it all the time, and due to feeling that I don’t have anything interesting to say that others might want to read. But I do love writing and I miss that when my goal had become blogging for an audience. So instead, I’m going to change tracks a little bit and focus on WRITING. Writing for myself, writing what I want to write, putting my dreams, frustrations, ramblings to paper. Call it diary, journal, fitness, momlife, etc.

Name change?

That being said, I have been pondering if it is time for a new blog name. The FauxRunner was all things running obviously and also my triathlon adventures during my tri days. Of late, I’ve slowed down in the races I participate in even though my big goal is to finish the World Marathon Majors and then run in all the continents (although I might defer off Antarctica – I doubt I’ll make the cutoff of 6.5hrs while running on ice in frigid conditions). My training is largely routine driven and while I might try something new once in a while, nothing is earth shattering. The minions are growing up and they do have their sporting events and non-sporting events and I’d like to be able to capture it all someplace else other than Facebook. And we’ve been traveling as a family to some great destinations with wonderful adventures. But the non-sporty stuff doesn’t have it’s place in a running blog.

Runner, Triathlete, Mom, Vegetarian. Travel Junkie, and so much more – how do I chose a focus and still write for ME?

A shoutout to Janice of Salads4Lunch

You may have noticed the new blog header (with triathlete spelt in lower case – because I no longer do triathlons or because I didn’t proofread. You decide 😉 ). Something about the theme I was using on my wordpress was rendering the header image in low quality. It wasn’t anything to break it (and after all, content is more important) but it was driving me bonkers! Janice helped me figure out how to customize the CSS to make the header image crisp again! Thank you, Janice!

What do you think –

  1. Do I change the blog name to be more generic so everything has a place in it? Or do I leave the name be; especially since I have resolved to write more for myself rather than an audience, so who cares what it is called?
  2. What is your favorite gym bag (with shoe comparment) that doesn’t look like a gym bag and will let me escape my desk without appearing to go to the gym?

These are some of the weekly linkups hosted by great bloggers. Check out some of the posts in the linkups.

First Saturday of each month –Confessions of a Mother Runner and Coco at Got2Run4Me for The Ultimate Coffee Date.

Meatless Monday – Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands
Tuesday Topics Linkup – KookyRunner and Zenaida

Running Coaches Corner – Coach Debbie RunsTrain with Marc, and Crazy Running Girl 

Fridays with  Fairytales and Fitness
Weekly Run Down Link Up  – Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim Runs On The Fly.

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  • The Accidental Marathoner

    I think I would leave the name as is. No name will capture every aspect of your life! My son was in need of a new gym bag. I bought him a really nice one on Amazon (maybe $25 or $30) that doesn’t look like a gym bag at all. It also had a shoe compartment. He loves it. Good luck on your search!

  • I think the name should stay, since that’s how we know you. I have no suggestions on gym bags..I don’t routinely go to a gum, so I just have a large duffle I got from work (Christmas gift) that I use. I think it’s made by LL Bean. It’s not really a gym-specific gab, though…no fancy compartments.

  • Michelle@Running with Attitude

    I’ve been carrying an Apera Yoga Tote for a couple of years that I love – it has a number of compartments, including a pocket for shoes. I use it for travel as well as for the gym.

  • Beautiful changes to the blog!

    Interestingly, I’m in the same boat as you. Instead of writing to please others, I decided to return back to writing. Just writing.

  • Kimberly

    I really like the change to your blog!

    My currently gym bag is from Old Navy. The main reason I purchased it was because it didn’t look like a gym bag and it wasn’t bulky. I usually walk to my gym so I wanted something cute but functional.

  • I really like the new header glad to see Janice was able to help you out. I am all for writing for yourself! If you ever feel like keeping track of your weekly workouts would love to have you join the weekly run down on Sundays

  • I’m no help on the gym bag, but on the blog name, I would ask if the current name resonates with you, even if running isn’t a main focus of your life or your writing. If it does, keep it, if not, change it. I love the idea of getting your kids involved in the run streak – and the pedicure. I do hope you join us for the Ultimate Coffee Date next weekend.

  • I completely understand your struggle with the blog. I feel I am in the same boat. We dont write as much about running and running tips anymore ( as we feel it’s all been said before…haha), but we have decided to keep the name because it is kind of general and we could morphe it into something else. I have been trying to come up with a different IG handle. Something that captures me but hasnt already been taken ( that’s tough).

    Good luck with the gym bag. I had a nice one from Thirty One, with a separate shoe pocket, but the zipper broke on the bag and no one is standing behind it so I guess its junk!

  • I just moved my hosting and changed my url to match “who” I am everywhere else. I don’t always talk about running on my blog and to be honest it started as a weight loss blog with a tiny bit of running. Things change! So I basically am talking about what mostly makes up my life and if it’s not all running related so be it. The blog does not generate income, I”m not an ambassador for anything, I don’t do reviews, etc. What is in my life is what is on the blog (obviously with appropriate doses of privacy where needed). So really, Smitha, it’s completely up to you AND OK to not only talk about running. Things are meant to evolve with time.

    as for the bag – that’s tough! and even tougher / more of a bummer that you even have to worry about stuff like that. I hope you find something though! sorry I’m not much help on that!

    (my blog is finally updated and moved – I’m over at runlaugheatpie.com now!)

  • I have been thinking of redoing my blog name as well, but always come up short on the benefits of doing it. It’s a tough decision, we start our blogs and then evolve!

  • Esther Marie McNary

    I just went though an overhaul and changed my name on my blog and social media.

    I am happy with my new name and I feel I can shift my topics to more than just running and recipes 🙂

    That is a bit of a bummer about your work gym! I am not good with a non gym looking bag. I do have an under armor bag that looks more like a computer bag, but no special shoe compartment. Similar to this- https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/ua-cinch-printed-tote/pid1310168-671
    Good luck!

  • Sandra Laflamme

    I’m not sure about the blog name change. It can be hard to do so with social media and everything. I have way too many gym bags and still haven’t found the perfect one. Curious to see which one you pick.

  • I would leave the blog name as is – you don’t want to lose your branding. I have a gym bag from Target that’s okay but I could use an upgrade…just need to stop spending so much on my own six star quest LOL

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