Don't fall Into the graveyard: Rob Watson
Have you ever decided to start training for a 10km run? How about a 5km run? Better question, have you ever followed through? Rob has done both and more!
Le Blog Du Rob is a funny and frank look at the life of a runner in training.
For the third in our series on entertaining, informational, and well-written Canadian blogs, we caught up with Rob.
How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
I started on a whim one day back in 2010. I had always read other runners' blogs to find out about their training and racing and such. They are a great tool for keeping friends and family up to date. I started my blog for that same purpose.
Another reason I started was because I found a lot of runners’ blogs to be rather bland. I wanted my blog to have a little more personality and to show a different side to this running game.
Who are your readers?
I used to have a more general audience when I posted about partying and doing crazy things. Then sadly I ran out of funny stories and the blog became more and more running centered. The general population got bored and left. I think I may have to go back in the archives and re-tell some old stories in attempts to gain new readers. Is that allowed? Not sure of the rules on blog re-runs.
Yeah, so mostly other runners these days. I have a very cool and supportive readership. When I have a bad race or I am struggling they are always there to offer their support. The feedback I get is quite rad. It really helps a lot. Those people don’t know how much I really appreciate it.
Are there any similarities between running and blogging?
This may be a stretch, and it can be relevant in so many areas of life, but consistency is so important. To become a fast runner you need years of putting in the miles, you have to be patient and put in the work to get results. Same goes for blogging. If you want to have a successful blog you have to work at it. You have to provide consistent content and slowly build your audience. That’s a stretch comparison, but that’s all I have
What was it like representing Canada in the World Championships in Moscow?
It was fantastic, absolutely awesome. I am a very proud Canadian so anytime I get to put on a Canadian kit and represent the Red and White in an International competition it is a huge honor. Moscow was a particularly cool trip. It was a great opportunity to visit a place that I wouldn't have otherwise. Moscow was quite beautiful and the people there were warm and friendly.
I also had a decent performance in my event; I was stoked over that. It was a great trip all around!
You’re currently in training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Are you going to be blogging your experiences of the marathon?
Most certainly. During the build up to a big race is probably my favourite time to write. It is an exciting time for an athlete so it provides a lot of content. Training for a big race can be an emotional time, it’s nice to be able to write about it and share the experience with others. Canadian Running Magazine will also hosting some of my posts as I build towards STWM, that’s pretty cool.
What are your goals for the marathon?
My main goal heading into this race is to set a new Personal Best. I have had a very successful year on the roads, to cap it off with a PB would be really nice. As a bonus to that, I would love to be the 1st Canadian across the line and top-8 overall. STWM is a great event, the organization is top notch and the competition is stacked. It is truly a world class event.
Do you have any advice for other athletes who want to start a blog?
Yes. First and foremost, if you make the commitment to start, make sure you keep at it! I know of several runners whom thought starting a blog was a great idea, then they write like 4 posts and stop. That’s kind of lame. The internet is a graveyard of failed, forgotten blogs. It takes time to build momentum and establish and audience. Keep at it!
Also, bring something unique to your blog. Athlete’s blogs can be so formulaic. If you’ve read one, you’ve read them all. Make your blog unique, make it stick out, let your personality shine. It’s more fun that way.
Read profiles of other Canadian bloggers:
The Art of Doing Stuff by Karen Bertelsen
Obscure CanLit Mama by Carrie Anne Snyder
Images courtesy of Rob Watson