Friday, July 23, 2010

1 Year Old

Happy Birthday Eat Run Read!!!!

That’s right – my blog is one year old today. Two hundred forty-eight posts (forty-nine counting this one). Stacks of pages of writing (just ask my computer-less grandma – I print out all my posts and mail them to her). Fifty-three cakes. Thirty book reviews. Fifty-two Weekend Reports and too many running posts to count.

Milestones in the first year of Eat Run Read:

July 23, 2009 – My first post: A Weekend 5K Saga

August 5, 2009 – My first cake: Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

August 7, 2009 – Guest Blogger 6x6 joins the team: So, This is Running?

August 13, 2009 – My first Literary Bite: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

October 5, 2009 – 6x6 Runs a Race!

October 26-39, 2009 – Boston Dessert Week 

November 16, 2009 – To 10K or Not to 10K? (I get injured)

December 18, 2009 – Guest Blogger The Newbie joins the team as she trains for the NYC Half –Marathon

March 9, 2010 – Photoman joins the team – AND my first post to be featured on Photograzing: Mint Chocolate Pound-ish Cake

March 16, 2010 – Eat Run Read gets a new header and a completely new look thanks to the fabulous Ellie!

March 31, 2010 – I start writing for the DC Running Examiner

And you know what’s crazy? Until about a year and 2 months ago, I had never read a blog before! Not ANY. I was in school, and any time I spent in front of a computer was productive – papers, research, etc. I’m not the type to waste time online. (Or at least I didn’t used to be. But now that I’m a member of the professional workforce, I find myself in front of a computer screen for over 8 hours per day. Which is a lot.) 

People often ask me what inspired me to blog. I wish I had some deep meaningful answer to that question…but really I was just kinda bored one day. And the name, how did you choose the name? I dunno, eating running and reading - that’s just what it’s about…

I don’t have any shocking things-I’ve-learned-from-blogging breakthroughs. Except for a few pensive moments, this isn’t really a touchy-feely get-to-know-myself kind of blog. 

But I have learned one very important lesson: I like to write. A lot. And I look forward to writing every day. 

I never thought I had much to write about...but 365 days in and I'm still going strong. 

So THANK YOU for reading. Thank you for commenting. (And if you actually know me, thank you for putting up with me talking about my blog so much!)

And since a birthday is a good day for introspection...what do you like about Eat Run Read? What is your favorite part? What should there be more of? What should I shut up about? I'm curious what people like, so let me know!


  1. I think your blog would be a lot better if I tasted all of your cakes with a glass of milk.

    No seriously, just keep it coming. As a fan of cake, putting one foot in front of the other, and reading, I enjoy your blog. You are the impetus behind a new tag on my Google Reader called "books." Only you and the MoCo library blog get tagged for that one, though.

  2. Happy Birthday! I like your blog for the cake recipes, even though I never have time to make them anymore. I used to love making cookies & cakes in my youth and like to know should I ever return to having time to again, there is a place I can find any recipe I want, as well as helpful hints.

    I also love to see how other runners train, think and basic words of wisdom.

    Hope to be commenting on your 5th birthday too!

  3. I love reading your blog! It puts me in a fun mood everytime. I have no idea how you have time to make all this great food let alone take pictures! And read. And run so well. And so on. I like it all!

  4. I'm pretty new to your blog but all your food looks delicious. I look forward to trying that!

  5. I am a librarian who runs and bakes in my spare i like all of it!

  6. Congrats and happy birthday/anniversary/one-year milestone, or whatever you're supposed to say on this kind of occasion!

    I like your rants - they make me feel better (and not alone) in my own frustrations.

    I also like seeing the yummy things you bake. I wish there was a way to taste them through the blog!

  7. What's not to like? food, books, exercise....all good stuff.

    I like that your posts are almost always positive; it's a good change from some other blogs that are perpetually negative/whiney.

    I also like that - even though most every post is either about running/yoga/water-running , cakes/cookies/cupcakes, or a book of some kind -there is still plenty of variety. So many 'theme blogs' are out there where if you read it for more than a week - you realize that you're reading about the same stuff every day and you feel as though someone is hitting you in the forehead with a ball-peen hammer.

    Most of your 'eat' stuff involves desserts so I am left to wonder if that is all you eat, or if you are on a strict hamburger-helper diet for everything else and don't feel like talking about it. Either way, I'd understand.

    We have different taste in books, but that's probably a good thing.

    This is a good blog.

  8. Thanks guys! I'm feeling all kinds of warm-and-fuzzy right now! (Warm due to "Severe DC Heat Advisory...fuzzy due to your comments!)

    Haha, Lee, I do eat real food on occasion...but rarely anything worth calling Photoman to come over and document. Also, there seems to be a lot of bloggers out there that document EVERYTHING they eat...which just seems a bit excessive to me. I like to stick to the fun stuff (i.e. cake).

    Anywho, again, THANK YOU FOR READING! :)

  9. HBD Eat Run Read. I love all parts b/c I love to eat, to run and to read. I especially love the cakes you make and the fun recipes...

  10. Happy birthday! Can't believe you made 53 cakes! I would have blimped out beyond recognition. We're not all hard-core runners like you. : )