5 Blogging Lessons I Have Learned from Becoming a Runner
**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**
I just ran 10 miles.
I’d like to say, no sweat, but water poured off me not unlike the drowning deluges we experienced when living in the remote jungles of Costa Rica.
Make no mistake about it; even though I sweated like a fat pig, the run was easy for me. Super easy. I nose-breathed for the entire 10 miles. No huffing. No puffing.
I could have easily done another 2-4 miles.
But I learned that being pulled by inspiration and fun and *not* pushing myself is the secret to my stunning progress after only 3 months of training.
Running Ryan learned some hyper helpful blogging lessons from his running sessions too (bonus lesson; blog about yourself in the 3rd person only if an opportunity for alliteration arises).
1: Tortoise Beats the Hare….Every Time
Amateur hour runners sprint to exhaustion within seconds or minutes.
Experienced, veteran runners run slowly, calmly and patiently, thinking in terms of increasing their distance over weeks, months and years versus trying to outrun themselves and other runners.
I run relatively slowly. A little swifter than a light jog. Yet I rarely if ever stop to take a break.
My wind is increasing dramatically week over week.
Just this past weekend I sprinted up 5 flights of stairs while nose-breathing during and after the blitz, never losing my breath. I was actually stunned because this would have winded the heck out of me even 3 months ago.
I go slowly in the blogging game too. But again, I have seen how the tortoise beats the hare, every time.
Most bloggers burn out quickly. Some bloggers make a nice living, but lose steam.
I am gaining strength, power, success momentum and influence every single day. Yet everything is becoming easier to me.
Wacky combo, right? Most bloggers work themselves to the bone to either make ends meet or to see success. I definitely put in the time but I am having fun, things are getting easier and easier for me and I am seeing my success expand exponentially.
This is what happens when you slow down, calm down and blog with a weekly, monthly and yearly time frame in mind.
I go slowly, calmly and easily because I am in no rush to be anywhere other than in the moment.
Sure ain’t hurting me, being the tortoise.
2: Find Your Pace
I was in the zone tonight because I found my pace.
My past few runs have been in the zone because I have effectively found and maintained a slow, steady pace, which ensures I easily coast through my run.
I will not challenge Usain Bolt any time soon for my sprinting prowess. He can rest easy. Yet at the end of the day, I am casually running 6, 8 or 10 miles with little or no exertion, nose-breathing the entire way while most of the folks I spied running in Central Park were mouth breathing more laboriously than the 1,000 pound water buffaloes we saw working the fields in Vietnam many years ago.
Many of these folks go bonkers, injure themselves and burn out while I am still coasting along at my slow, steady but consistent pace.
Even better? I am running a little bit more each week, increasing my distance, *and* I am slowly and slightly increasing my pace too.
As for my blogging game, I maintain a steady pace, which is why I:
- write 2-5 guest posts daily
- am ranked from the #2 to #7 most viewed user on Quora in the Blogging category
- have posted over 3000 times to the Warrior Forum
- have published over 1000 guest posts
- doubled my email list over the past 3 months
- boosted my blogging profits month over month
Find your pace. Coast. Use power. Not force. Build a rocking blog.
3: Follow Prep Routines and Gearing Up Properly Are Critical
Before my run tonight I stretched for 5 minutes.
I also drank 8 to 12 glasses of water today, pre-hydrating.
8 hours of sleep last night? Check.
I wore my magic fluorescent socks (which would fit perfectly on any Cat in the Hat character), running shoes, hat to shield me from the sun and light shirt and short running shorts.
All prepped. All geared up for a run.
I would never been able to run 10 miles easily unless I prepped and geared up effectively.
Blogging-wise, I prep by:
- getting 8 hours of sleep each night
- meditating for 10 minutes on waking
- jumping into an icy cold shower after meditating
- doing 100 sit ups after the ice shower
- reading a few lines from A Course in Miracles after the sit ups
to vibe at a calm, clear, stable level, so when I dive into my blogging day I will do so from a fun, loving, peaceful, relaxed vibe, versus the old skool me who did zero prep work and desperately sprinted through my blogging day, leading to year’s worth of failure.
Oh yeah; make sure you gear up blogging-wise by:
- buying your domain and hosting
- buying a premium theme or hiring a web developer to design a theme for you
- buying a CDN
When you gear up, you play up. Meaning you will sprint (I couldn’t resist) up in blogging circles to befriend the blogging big dawgs.
4: Rest Days Count More Than Training Days
He ran 100 miles.
Goodness knows I should pay attention to the man.
During a recent trip to New York City our Uber driver shared how he ran ultra marathons.
He travels all over the world to run 50, 70 or even 100 miles in these races.
He noted how one such race in exotic Patagonia was 100 miles start to finish, spread out over 3 days.
I picked his brain on how he trains. He said 5 days a week of training – with a heavy emphasis on anaerobic training – and 2 rest days. He also noted how the 2 rest days are even more important than training days. Unless you are well rested you will break down or injure yourself.
Blogging is no different. I take off days and more importantly, I take hourly breaks from my work – 5 to 10 minute sessions – and also set aside 4-6 hours of leisure, offline time daily.
This is one of my secrets to publishing over 520 guest posts between Blogging Tips and The Huffington Post. I create a high volume of helpful content because I am well-rested, relaxed and in the writing flow all day long.
5: Doing it for Fun Makes it Easier
Running is fun for me these days.
Naturally, I can run 10 miles while nose-breathing the entire way, coasting through the finish line without feeling tired or fatigued at all.
It was not always this way though.
Years ago I ran to primarily to get in shape. I hated running, secretly, even though I tried to psyche myself up to enjoy running.
I could barely run 3 miles without my knees getting sore, my back hurting and you betcha I would be winded too.
Running wasn’t fun to me. When you aren’t having fun doing something, tension, stress and resistance makes the activity harder to do.
Ditto for blogging.
Since blogging is fun for me I am writing this guest post at 10:35 PM, after a long day in the office. Labor of love. Actually, it’s play. Disguised as work.
I blog mainly for fun. The outcomes like income and traffic and comments and list subscribers are cherries on the top. The work is the reward. All else is extra. Which is one reason why blogging gets easier and easier for me.
Do you see parallels between blogging and running? Let’s run with it in the comments.
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Ryan Biddulph owns the website . He’s a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.