When I first contemplated writing a blog the two central themes that I had in mind were to try and express the joy that I feel when running through the countryside and how best to share those experiences with like minded people from our off road running community, both locally and further afield.
Yes the “i” relates to me in that it’s my words, photos and thoughts but at the same time I’m really keen that whoever is reading recognises the “i” as being themselves because they can identify with the locations, training and enjoyment that these trail running endeavors have to offer.
Running through nature makes me happy, it’s who I am, it’s a part of me and I know this applies to thousands of others. Sharing this common bond whether when running with friends or chatting across social media means the “i” is an all inclusive term for everyone that laces up their trainers.
Naturally the “i” prefix also stands for the internet and social media. The foundation of my blog is my twitter and instagram accounts, I chose not to use my actual name for those but to keep the consistent theme of what I set out to do. These accounts both feed off and feed into my blog.
I’m proud to say that I have virtually the same amount of followers and following on both twitter and instagram because again this community based relationship is at the heart of what I want to achieve.
The most famous “i” prefix belonged to Apple , I believe Steve Jobs started out with an intention that the internet was to inform and inspire, that’s a great place for us all start.
I haven’t blogged that much through lockdown but running has remained my constant source of hope and normality. I aim to start blogging more and I thought I’d press the restart button by going back to the basics of why I started.
Hopefully the “i” in irunoffroad doesn’t just come across as me writing, it also relates to you the reader because “we” love to run off road.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.