**Disclaimer: I’m writing this blog post after spending the majority of the day inside. I was aiming to complete a 60 minute run this weekend. After I nearly broke my neck walking the short distance to the local shops, I decided that attempting to run would be stupid. As always all moans and groans and rants and raves and represent my own views. Other far superior and less opinionated running blogs are available.
Rave: The support of other bloggers
Once again, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to read and to comment on my Feeling a bit lost and alone post. Your support and comments really did help. I’m trying to be more positive and to focus on the present and the future more. I can’t change the past, but I can learn from my mistakes. I’m finding the festive period quite challenging, but hopefully this time next year, I’ll feel confident enough to attend a couple of Christmas parties.
Rant: Flexitol blogger perks
Back in 2015, I wrote a review for Flexitol. This review has featured on their blogger sign up page for more than two years. The same page promotes quite a few perks for bloggers; one perk is sponsorship from Flexitol for your next sporting event/challenge.
I recently emailed Flexitol to ask about sponsorship for my half marathon in March. After a slight delay, I was informed that Flexitol are “not currently running a blogger campaign that would offer sponsorship of an event, or the opportunity to report from an event for Flexitol…”
I was offered more products to review or to hold competitions with my followers. After questioning the out of date information on the blogger sign up page, I was told that Flexitol would be reviewing site content in 2018.
I wasn’t paid to write a review for Flexitol and only wanted them to stick £10 on my fundraising page. The whole saga has left me feeling pretty frustrated.
Rave: Myprotein Fitness Awards
Although my blog wasn’t nominated in the Running Awards, it has been shortlisted in the ‘fitness’ category of the Myprotein Fitness Blogger Awards 2017.
I have no idea why my running blog has been shortlisted in the fitness category, but I’m quite pleased that my running waffle is starting to receive some recognition. It’s a shame I’ll be rebranding my blog at some point in 2018.
Rant: Snow (and ice)
For once the weather forecast was correct, and it snowed all day in Four Oaks on Sunday. Yesterday, temperatures remained well below freezing all day.
Unfortunately, the snow has now turned into ice, and the pavements around here are pretty dodgy. I’ve been obsessively checking the weather forecast, and I don’t think I’ll be able to run outside until Thursday #thirdworldproblems
This guide to walking safely on ice made me smile.
Having long legs means that I’m definitely more Bambi than penguin when it comes to walking on ice. I only fell on my arse once yesterday so I’m definitely getting better.
Rave: The generosity of people I’ve never met
After a slightly steady start, my fundraising is now going so well, I actually feel guilty that I’m ‘only’ running a half marathon. The majority of people who have sponsored me are runners I’ve never actually met in ‘real life’. I’ve increased my target and will continue to irritate my friends and family on Farcebook. My mentor is going to share my fundraising page with his academic contacts, so I’m reasonably confident I’ll raise quite a bit for the Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust.
I wish I was feeling equally as confident about my half marathon training.
Quite a few people who have entered races via Active.com have had fraudulent activity on their credit/debit cards. When I highlighted the issue to an event organiser, they weren’t interested. So I’ve you’ve entered any races recently via the Active.com site, keep an eye on your bank account.
Have you ever had a negative experience as a blogger?
Did you have a lot of snow where you live?