Happy birthday Thoughts and Pavement

via AnnWrittenNotes.com

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Today is my blog-a-versary –  the one year anniversary of the launch of Thoughts and Pavement! Yes, it was a year ago today that I stacked up my pile of running shoes, took a picture, and wrote the intro post for what would become a year-long running adventure.

Today, that pile of running shoes has grown a bit bigger (ask my husband!) and I’m reminded of the incredible progress of the past year – both the amazing response to this blog, and my own running improvement.

To date, I’ve written 74 posts which have generated 333 comments. OK, yes, a lot of them are me responding to other people’s comments, but still. I knew my running friends would read this blog, but I’m always surprised by the new people – the runners from around the world – that stop by my blog to read and comment. Thank you new readers! I hope you visit often!

In the past year, I’ve also managed to amass close to 100 followers. It amazes me that many people want to see every post as soon as I write it.

While the pageviews would pale in comparison to a larger running blog, I have always been surprised by the traffic. And as a special Thoughts and Pavement birthday gift, I achieved my highest number of pageviews in a day yesterday as a result of Polar Global publishing my heart rate training blog post on their Facebook page.

Thank you for reading and being an awesome audience.

Last year at this time, I was just thinking about running my first 30K race. Since then, I’ve run two 30K races, several 10Ks, including my first overseas race, and will be running my first full marathon in just 27 days – something I never thought possible 3 years ago.

Runners are a curious bunch. We do crazy, unpleasant things. We willingly put ourselves through pain. We forfeit nights out. We wake up early. We run in the rain and snow. We eat weird gels and powders. We endure blisters and muscle pain constantly. And we love it.

Only other runners get it, and I’m so happy to have this blog to share my running adventures with you.

Happy birthday Thoughts and Pavement!

A few more since last year

A few more since last year!


  1. Graham September 24, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Happy blog-a-versary!

  2. Sarah Millar September 24, 2013 / 9:09 am

    Happy blogaversary! 😀

    I don’t always comment, but I do read all your posts. I’m amazed every day by how you set a goal, work at it and achieve it and repeat that over and over again (not just running goals either, by the way).

    Here’s to many more posts, comments, shares and likes. <3

    • Miranda September 24, 2013 / 9:25 am

      Aww. Thanks Sarah! Day = made. 🙂

  3. Christine September 24, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    Congrats!! Happy blogaversary. Love reading your blog!

    • Miranda September 24, 2013 / 1:54 pm

      Thanks Christine! Oooh you guys… so good for my ego 🙂

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