There are 216.2 million blogs with 99.4 billion posts on Tumblr alone. With millions of choices on what to read to get your fitness mojo rolling, where do you start?
We’re going to help by eliminating all things not health and fitness, and those places outside of New Orleans. This leaves us with three local blogs that aim to inform, entertain and educate – and most importantly – motivate you!
JenZenator: My Runnings and Ramblings
Jennifer Zenuch is a wife, full-time working mom of two boys, and relatable woman with a penchant for coffee and fitness, particularly running. While geared towards recreational runners, you’ll find what she calls The Mommydome and healthy lifestyle information as well.
Jen’s blog began as a way to keep her friends and out-of-state family up to date on her pregnancy.
“I also wanted to incorporate my love for running. I wanted to chronicle my running during my pregnancy to show that women can continue their fitness routines throughout their pregnancy with some modifications. Now it's focusing on my journey back into running postpartum,” she says.
One of the perks to blogging is being able to network with other runners and other runners with blogs.
“I have both physically and virtually met some really great people with similar running blogs. We cheer each other on, and commiserate over our struggles,” Jen explains. “It also motivates me to keep pushing. I don't want to post failures, I want to post successes. Knowing that I need to write an update for the blog helps push me out the door and get moving.”
Jen says, “I take the approach of ‘Hey, here's what's worked for me. I hope it works for you’. Right now I'm at my weakest physically after giving birth. I'm hoping that my journey back into fitness will inspire others to take that first step with me.”
Jen recently was chosen as one of the Crescent City Classic 10k 2015 bloggers. “I get to write all about the CCC10k and review the race, all the while getting a little VIP treatment alongside several other running bloggers. It's going to be so much fun!”
A former competitive swimmer, this twenty-something made New Orleans her home more than 10 years ago. Her blog tackles how “the cool factor of New Orleans” can also be a hot mess when you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Katherineswims.com reaches out to friends, family and readers she’s met through Paleo and running communities throughout New Orleans and Louisiana.
Like Jen, Katherine started writing to stay in touch with friends and family from her hometown of Tuscon, AZ.
“My blog was meant to capture a time in my life immediately following my career as a Division I competitive swimmer at Tulane. Then I began chronicling other aspects of my life in more detail, from venturing into running half marathons to my interest in nutrition to the difficulty of achieving balance in New Orleans, a city synonymous with indulgence and excess,” she explains.
It’s that ability to connect with other like-minded athletes and creative people that she finds appealing. “It's also pretty cool to have an archive of ideas and experiences, as well as recipes. I'm glad I chronicled my Whole30 experience and look to those posts often for meal planning, and direct friends to my blog if they're looking for ideas, too,” Katherine says.
Katherine’s blog features beautiful images, particularly of dishes, and their recipes. The gluten-free pizza crust for her grilled pizza with prosciutto, mascarpone, and arugula feeds “2 people or one endurance athlete”.
Part of the appeal of Katherine’s blog is her openness about her struggles, things readers understand.
“The transition from competitive swimming at a high level to a more normal life during and after college was incredibly difficult. I still struggle sometimes with how much exercise is enough and finding activities I enjoy outside the pool. I think sharing the journey is relatable and real in the sense that I have personal, professional, fitness, and health successes and failures that I share with readers,” she says.
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Fred’s blog is running-focused, with New Orleans flair. There’s something on it for runners and walkers who train for and compete in races of all lengths, with skills of all levels.
“From the person who breaks the tape and finishes first, to the last person to cross the line, each has a unique perspective of the distance racing sport. I try to give an overview of upcoming races, news, and recaps of events in which I participate,” he explains.
“NOLArunner.com started as a personal journal that allowed me to recap races that I had run, experiences I had experienced, and the memories I had made. A growing number of my running friends started asking about events that I had finished, wanting to get a rundown of how the race went and if I would recommend it for other runners. With new people entering the sport every day and participation in races continuously increasing, I knew there would always be interest in my recaps,” Fred says.
For Fred, each race is a new experience. His interviews, responses and reporting allow runners and their families to relive being on the course. “From changing courses, to new race management, to the makeup of the participant field, things constantly change in the sport,” he says. “Being able to cover those changes, compare races year to year, and solicit feedback from readers on what they thought about the races they have run is very educational and fun.”
One of the most difficult aspects of starting any fitness program is not comparing yourself to the other athletes or gym-goers around you. Fred’s blog reminds readers that “you’re essentially in a race with yourself,” and that races are for everyone to enjoy, no matter what speed he or she chooses to compete in.
Thanks to his blog, Fred befriended several members of the executive board of the New Orleans Track Club. He has since been asked to join the board of directors.
“It's been a very rewarding experience to work with that great group of volunteers who work tirelessly to put on quality events. Getting to now write blogs from behind the scenes of putting on races has added a new dimension to NOLArunner.com that I plan to explore more.”