Sunday, 4 March 2012

Taking a moment to say....

I am extremely social media shy.

I do not have a Facebook, Google+, or MySpace account. When I finally decided to join Twitter and Blogger last summer, I knew I didn't want to use my real name. Even my friends and family don't know my secret identity!

Most people will probably think that I'm completely paranoid, and maybe there's some truth to that. But I'm still just not sure about having myself totally out there. I'm not sure if I want random people to be able to see parts of my private life that I never said they could see. So until then, I will be happy to just be The Diminutive Runner.

So why I am I even on Twitter?

I decided I needed to understand how social media worked because I'd be behind the times if I didn't. When I took a career break about 6 months ago, it seemed like the perfect time to dip my toe in. I knew I wanted my profile to be based on one of two obsessions--food or running. And in the end running won out.

To make a long story short, I was completely surprised to discover the amazing network of Twitter runners. I've been so grateful for the:

  • SUPPORT. You're the best cheering squad ever!
  • ADVICE. I get to tap into the minds of so many wise, experienced runners.
  • INSPIRATION. Your challenges and goals inspired me to sign up for my first triathlon and marathon.
  • UNDERSTANDING. You know how I feel after I've had bad race, worry about niggles, or buy new running kit.

It's back to work for me tomorrow. After a two week induction (crazy, right?) there will be travel and long hours....and I probably won't be able to tweet as much as I would like (which Hubs says is all the time)! So before things get too crazy I just wanted to take a moment to say....

You've shown this shy girl a positive side to social media!



  1. Just found your blog for the first time! The Brighton Half sounds like a nightmare, at least they acknowledged the mistake and adjusted the times, I suppose. You were so close to breaking 2 hours! It shows you can do it next time - good luck!

  2. Aw, that's lovely! Twitter is lovely isn' it? Any nobody minds if you want to be shy, we love you just as much as DR! good luck with work, I hope you had a fantastic career break. Just imagine what we could do if we could just run and train and tweet! :-)x