This weekend, I was reflecting on how much my blog has changed since I began writing in October 2010. So, for those of you that are fairly new readers, here’s a peak into the beginning of Blonde Ponytail.
On Saturday morning, I took Cooper and Jada for a walk in the cold, windy, and rainy conditions.
Doesn’t Cooper look amused?
While I was getting soaked & increasingly cold on our only 30 minute walk, I thought about all the Illinois Marathon runners braving these conditions, and was so thankful I didn’t feel compelled to register for this race! It reminded me so much of my first marathon experience.
I started writing Blonde Ponytail primarily as a running blog. I barely knew what blogging was, so I shared my running workouts, life as a coach’s wife, lots of Cooper posts, and desperately sought connection with like-minded individuals, because I was lonely and out of my element in Pullman, WA.
I even coerced Spencer to start running with me.
After running 2 marathons & 2 half marathons in a span of 8 months as a new, distance runner, the miles caught up to me, and I developed plantar fasciitis. Accordingly, I had to change my training and severely limit my running in order to heal. It was at that time that I began teaching group fitness classes.
In the fall of 2011, I was offered a chance to teach HIIT classes at a private gym, and that helped me transition to a more balanced approach to training.
As a result, I began sharing workouts and short videos demonstrating exercises. So, slowly this blog space was looking more like a fitness blog than a running blog.
Cooper’s position hasn’t changed much though, has it?!
I’m sure I lost and gained readers along the way. If you were a runner, you weren’t going to learn much from my posts, and they likely wouldn’t interest you.
At the same time I was changing my training, Spencer began using CrossFit WODs for his primary training. We’d go to the gym together, but wouldn’t necessarily do the same movements. It took me a while to get away from the “I have to run, or it doesn’t count as a workout,” mentality. Although, my favorite WODs still incorporate running!
I could see the changes Spencer was making in his physique as a result of incorporating, “constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.” (source). Plus, I missed challenging myself and pushing my body. So, I began to perform CrossFit WODs with him, usually having to modify one movement or another.
There wasn’t a box anywhere near us, so we trained at the WSU athletic facility and adjusted WODs accordingly.
Even though I’m a CSCS, joining a CrossFit box was one of the best career investments. I can always (and should) continue to improve and learn. I owe it to my clients.
During this summer, I even had the chance to attend the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games thanks to FitFluential which further inspired me. The athletes are unreal.
Just Rich Froning, the Fittest Man on Earth.
I was still a CrossFit newbie and learning how to perform movements like kipping pull-ups and brush-up on cleans and snatches. But, I was on a mission to become fitter than ever!
Until…I found out I was pregnant in Fall of 2012.
As a fitness/healthy living blogger, I couldn’t just mention my pregnancy, then resort to regularly scheduled fitness posts while my belly was turning into a basketball.
Once Jada arrived, our world changed for the better. I transitioned to the YMCA, so I could take care of Jada and continue as a part-time personal trainer.
Another move landed us in Champaign, IL. The local YMCA is still my place of employment, and I love the balance it affords me as a personal trainer and mom.
I still love to create and share workouts. CrossFit is a huge part of my training, though I do WODs in my garage now. And, I like to run, just not for 26.2 miles. So, I’m still the same person, but I’m a mom now too.
While I used to have lots of hours free for blogging, tweeting, and pinning, that all changed when we had Jada. She takes all my energy now!
Accordingly, I don’t get a chance to read other blogs often, nor engage with you as I much as I would like to. My favorite part of blogging is the connections I’ve made with others and the opportunities it has afforded me.
However, I have to use my free time to care for my family and myself (workouts are still a priority), and then if there’s time, I can blog.
This blog has always served as a fantastic resource for me when we move, because I inevitably meet readers in my new area. And, prospective clients can see what I’m about as well. But, sometimes I think, “Why am I still blogging? Are people even interested in what I’m putting out there anymore? Do I still have time to do this?”
Honestly, I’m not sure how long I’ll keep writing. But, if you’re reading this, thank you!
1. Do you write a blog? How did you start?
2. Readers: what would you like to see more/less of on this space?