As a blogger, I come across a lot of opportunities to play “blogger games.” (Think Hunger Games, only without the oppression and killing.)
For example, bloggers give out “awards” to fellow bloggers, which you’re supposed to post in your sidebar, and then give the award out to a few others, and so on. Okay, I get it, but not for me.
But earlier this week, my friend Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point did one that I really enjoyed reading (it’s more a meme than a game). It’s called My 7 Links, and the point is simply to call attention to one post in each of seven specified categories.
Caitlin nominated me to be next, and since we’ve gotten a lot of new readers around here recently (including 13,000 fans on Facebook!), I thought it’d be a good way to highlight some of my favorite posts in the two-year history of this site.
Most popular post
63 Ways to Shake Up Your Running Routine. This also happens to be the post that took me the longest to write, about eight hours. But that work was rewarded when it went crazy on Stumbleupon, and to date it’s been viewed 133,374 times.
Most beautiful post
Beautiful?? Maybe this is why I don’t do these things very often…
Luckily, we have Susan for that. Her post On Refusing to Settle and the Incredible Power of Denial, in which she reveals her disability and utter refusal to allow it to limit her life, is as beautiful as they come. (Susan recently did an inspiring interview on the Badass Project where she talks more about it, so check that out.)
Of the ones I’ve written, I’ll go with An Open Letter to My Unborn Baby. But as far as “beauty” goes, well, it was written by a dude, so don’t expect much.
Most controversial post
I’ll define controversial as “most polarizing.” In that case, The Great Moderation Hoax gets it. Some people thought it was the best thing ever; others literally told me I sounded like an idiot. Choose for yourself.
Most helpful post
So why would I pick a lowly smoothie recipe as my most helpful post? Because I honestly think that if you’re out of shape, the simple habit of starting every day with a smoothie has the power to change your life. That sounds melodramatic, I’m sure, but it was only once I developed this habit that I was able to really stick with a training and eating program. And even today, if I let my diet slip a little bit, that daily smoothie is always there to prevent me from going too far astray.
Post whose success surprised you
Tarahumara Pinole and Chia (originally titled “Get Your Tarahumara On”). This post is from the old days, when No Meat Athlete was little more than a training and eating journal. I figured the article would be just another food experiment that a few people who had read Born to Run would appreciate. It turned out to be a big hit with Google, and still sends 300-600 new people to the site every day.
Post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
Tough one. I’m of the belief that if a post doesn’t get much attention, it’s precisely because it didn’t deserve much attention. You know, take responsibility.
And — booyah — I’ve got a post on that exact topic. And guess what? It didn’t get much attention!
But I like it, so I hope you’ll give it a read: The Belief that Will Take Your Training to the Next Level.
Post you are most proud of
Caitlin’s was her Today Show appearance — so rather than a post she was proud of, she chose a post about an event she was proud of.
I’m going to go the same route here, and pick Down to the Last Four Miles, the recap of the marathon in which I finally qualified for Boston by breaking 3:10:59.
Qualifying for Boston was the hardest I’ve ever worked for anything in my life: harder than high school, college, or anything else. And what I love about the journey is that as difficult and painful as the seven or eight years of training that went into it were, none of it was harder than the qualifying race itself.
There was a point in that race, about 20 miles in, where every part of me believed that I was not going to make it. And yet somewhere — I’m still not sure quite where — I found it in myself to keep going at the pace I needed to in order to qualify. There is incredible power in proving wrong your own limiting belief about what you’re capable of, and I hope you’ve gotten to experience it for yourself.
If not, then I hope you do something about that.
If you’ve got a blog, I invite you to do this on your own. In particular, I’d love to see it from these friends of mine:
Have a great weekend, and stay cool!