Build Your Own Community


The past week my running energy has been zapped. I couldn’t get away at lunch for some cheeky miles, and by the time the work day ends, it’s dark and dropping towards 0 degrees. When this happens, I rely on my ‘virtual network’ to re-energise my mind and make me want to get out there.


I’ll be the first to admit an unhealthy addiction to social media on my iphone. Not during dinner though, that would be rude. Since working from home, Facebook is a way of keeping in touch with the outside world, and from there I’ve branched out into other social media addictions. I’m nothing if not well-rounded.


Social media is such a great way to connect with others without leaving your house. Or in this instance, to try and encourage you to leave your house for that run! I find these accounts so helpful when all I want to do is curl up in a ball with a bag of mini-Twirls and Keeping Up With the Kardashians (please keep reading in spite of my awesome highly questionable taste):


  • @UKRunChat (Twitter) – connects runners on Twitter. Retweets and responds to all running comments, and holds #runchatter sessions where you can tweet any questions or comments with other runners. Reminds you that whatever the weather, people are out there running! Follow them, or use the #runchat tag
  • @RunningHumor (Twitter) – Sometimes tweets hilarity that makes you think ‘oh my god yes!!’, and other times tweets encouragement to get you out the door. Here are some of my faves from the weekend:

Running Probs

  • Running_Fanatics (Instagram) – Filled with pictures and quotes that break through any mental barrier you may have. Not too cheesy, really encouraging, and makes you feel like a bad ass for just thinking about running. Sunday’s one was particularly appropriate:

Running Fanatics

Runner’s World can also send you a Quote of the Day to help inspire you as you check your e-mails first thing in the morning. I know I’m not the only one to do that! This morning’s quote was: ‘Passion is pushing myself when there is no one else around – just me and the road’, Ryan Shay.


I like that running is a solitary sport that can be done anywhere, however it leaves you with no excuses when you’re not feeling the love! Hopefully you’ll find your inspiration to keep going in Winter, and these might just help you out as well.


I read this article today about how Rebecca Adlington – holder of four Olympic medals – feels too insecure to wear a bikini around Miss GB Amy Willerton. At first, I thought: how nice that someone with that much talent and opportunity is still struck by the same insecurities as the rest of is us Josephine Publics. But as I read on, I was soon ashamed of my own natural reaction! Instead of being pleased that someone else felt the same insecurities as me, I should have riled against another woman feeling that she has to prove herself through her appearance yet again. To be honest, I’ve not watched the show, so I can’t comment beyond this article. But still. Most girls will recognise the awkward pain when you feel you’re the ugly sidekick, and it’s not good. Onya Rebecca, keep that fit, healthy, beautiful, well-accomplished chin up!


Finally – our DISHWASHER was installed today!!!!!! Unlike Australia, houses over here don’t seem to come with dishwashers, and for 2.5 years my poor hands and nails have suffered the cruel and unusual effects of dish pan hands. No more, my friend, no more, for we now have the magic washer who will take away all my problems!* Anyone want to come round for dinner?


Ellie B


* Ahem. I am aware of the irony of writing about a dishwasher saving me from the dry-hands, split-nail torture that is dish pan hands directly after shouting about body insecurities. What can I say, I like pretty nails.

2 thoughts on “Build Your Own Community

  1. Yey for the dishwasher! Rebecca Adlington has put up with some really vile comments about her physical appearance. It’s simply not fair that being an awesome athelete is not enough as a woman: you are still judged more on how you look than what you do.

  2. I 100% agree! It’s a huge double standard. What’s so sad is that she feels it herself too. I saw it for the first time on Saturday & was surprised at how the show is literally designed for the public to judge & gawp at these people.

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