If you’ve been following my blog, Run Away With Me, at all over the past few years you’ll notice something different today: this blog is now called Mountain Maven!
Why? Well, in the past four years of blogging a lot has changed in my life. I ran, traveled, ran some more, moved to Alaska, ran, and then got injured. My running injury has been keeping me from running for almost two years now, and while it doesn’t sound like one of those injuries that keeps you from running forever, it seems to be doing that for me. I’ve started PT treatment three different times with varying levels of success, but even my most recent super talented and optimistic PT has come to the conclusion that something weird is going on. I’m able to do any other kind of outdoorsy activities including hiking, biking, and swimming without any pain, but as soon as I run for a minute I’m immediately in horrible pain. After getting my hopes up and having them horribly smashed so many times, I think I’m taking a break from running for a long time.
But before you think I’ve given up, let me explain! During my time off from running I’ve started learning new sports that don’t hurt. I’ve done triathlons (with walking instead of running), cycling, swimming, skiing, and even mountain biking! I’ve been able to hike long distances without worrying about hiking getting in the way of my “long run” days. I don’t have the pressure to train for a stressful race, where my focus is always to go faster and farther. I can spend time outdoors in my kayak or on my bike just enjoying the outdoors. And honestly, it feels pretty great.
Not being able to run felt like a terrible breakup. My heart was broken and I felt helpless and alone. I was honestly really depressed for months as I tried to come to terms with the fact that not only did I have to stop my plans for running my first marathon, I couldn’t run at all. And when running is your main form of stress release and relaxation that’s really tough. It took me a long time to start to heal physically and emotionally and to feel like myself again. And without running, blogging felt weird. I’m not running, so how can I continue to have a running blog anymore? Who am I without running?
And that’s why I knew I needed a change. After thinking for months about blog names and ideas, I realized that my identity is wrapped up in the mountains. They’re my home (they’re literally in my backyard), my playground, and my safe space. And when I stumbled upon the word “maven”, I knew it was a perfect fit!
I may not be an expert at outdoorsy things yet, but I’m working on it. I’m constantly trying new things and deepening my love of the mountains and the outdoors. And I like the Yiddish definition because I understand the mountains and feel the most happy when I’m there.
So this is me moving forward. I’ll continue blogging about my outdoor adventures, living in Alaska, trying new things, and even some races. I haven’t been blogging about running in a long time, and now I finally feel like my blog matches who I’ve become over the years. Thanks for reading this since 2013 and for sticking around to see what happens next!
Have you ever changed your blog name? If you could change it, what would you choose?