Though I'm not a particularly big fan of these kinds of things, I do feel obligated to at least take part in it, since I was nominated by It's all about Pace. I thought it would be interesting to read some older posts in the process of doing this, so why not? Here we go...
Here are the rules:
1. Blogger is nominated to take part
2. Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category
3. Blogger nominates other bloggers to take part.
4. These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate more bloggers
Most beautiful post: While I wouldn't consider many of my posts "beautiful", I do consider the photos that were taken by Rebecca in this race to be among the best I have, so I think that meets the criteria here. (FYI - I see that some of the photos aren't showing in the post, but if you click on them, you will see them). Bonus entry: I also really like this post on a Tour of Clifton - a great little town nearby that I cycle through often.
Most popular post: My most popular post of all time is this one, simply because I did a product review of a major nutrition supplier and I'm pretty sure people continually see that it comes up in searches. As far as my most popular non-review post, it happens to be my 2nd post popular post of all time about whether or not to heel strike, which seems to be awfully popular these days. It is short and sweet (unlike most of my posts), but the point still holds today.
Most controversial post: Maybe not the most controversial as a topic, but I think this post might rub people the wrong way. I know a lot of people love their Runner's World magazine and don't want to hear people put it down. I do enjoy flipping through it (notice I didn't say read, because there isn't really much to read), but I can get through a whole magazine in less than 30 minutes and STILL find a way to walk away in frustration over some of the advice in there.
Most helpful post: I consider this one of my post helpful posts to others. I've gone through a number of posts aimed at trying to help others figure out what it is they want out of training/racing and this was one of them. My hope was to get people thinking long term, rather than just focusing on short term immediate thoughts. Not sure if it worked, but I like to think that at least the seed was planted ;) Bonus entry: I also think this post deserves some credit as being a helpful post. I took a lot of great information away after attending this event and hoped that the post helped convey some of the key takeaways.
Post whose success surprised me: I obviously didn't write this post for others, but ended up finding satisfaction from the contributions from everyone in agreeing that some people Are. Just. Idiots. It surprises me that with a title like that, the post is among the heavily read posts I've written.
Post I feel didn't get the attention it deserved: I obviously wrote this series of posts (you can find links to each part from this link if you so choose to read them) for myself, but also in the hopes that others might learn from it. And while it never really got many comments, nor does it show up as being frequently read by many people, it was a pretty epic effort of writing to get that all down to a series of posts that I am pretty proud of. I've read through it several times and I still feel pretty much the same way.
Post I'm most proud of: While I didn't end up with nearly the result I was hoping (and was trained for), I couldn't have been more proud of the way in which I approached this race. Knowing the weather wasn't ideal, I faced this marathon head on with everything I had that day and fought as hard as I could. I wouldn't have changed a thing, because now I know what it is like to truly attempt to race a marathon versus survive it.
And now for the nomination process for this to continue. I really do hate this part...but those are the rules... With that said, here are a few people - of course, if anyone else out there feels compelled to write one up, have at it!
3) Tri Harder