Think Kit – December 6th

Yeah, I didn’t do a post yesterday…I don’t think many participants in this Think Kit project did. I don’t know who these Smallbox people are (actually I do) with all the free time to interview 3 separate people for a post, but that wasn’t happening. I skipped on a lifeline as well, trying to avoid a forced and weak post. Whatever…I’m not getting paid for this. 🙂

December 6th Prompt – How do you want get involved in your community this year?

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Speaking of not getting paid. I’m working on yet another time consuming project that I REALLY hope to bring to fruition. If you follow my instagram (@runrevolt), then you know a little bit about what I’m doing, but I’ve been pretty low-key about promoting it because the last thing I want to do is say I’m going to do something and then not carry through. That has to be one of my most loathsome character traits, talking about doing, but never doing.

At best, this trait is a lack of pragmatism, a lack of understanding, a naive hope to make something happen that one has NO IDEA how to implement. At worst, it’s an attention getting tactic, where one talks about grandiose plans that SOUND great, in effect getting all sorts of positive feedback and back patting, but once that is achieved the idea is dropped and forgotten. You can only do this for so long before people start to doubt you and roll their eyes at all your romantic plans and expressions. Soon, they just see you as an insecure, unreliable blowhard.

I don’t want to be one of those. I’ve been that in the past and I don’t want to again.

So I’m a little hesitant to talk about this, at least not until I know for sure this is going to happen, that I’m going to carry through with a dedication I so easily apply to my running. But, then this prompt came and now talking about it seems unavoidable. So here goes, with reservation.

I have many communities of varying connectedness. My family community, my work community, my vegan community, my internet community (of which I use the term in it’s loosest sense),  and most of all, my running community. That last one, the running community, has it’s own fluxuating sense of community as well. There is the communalism of my Saturday long runs, brief interactions with so many others slogging the miles away on the Monon trail. There is the communalism of my team, meeting at our Tuesday workouts and periodic long runs, solidified during our races when we draw a line between us and others as we don our matching jerseys. Then there is this larger, more general and less connected community of vegan runners, who I am primarily connected to through social networking and my blog. The individuals in this particular community span the globe and I feel cheated that I don’t know them in a more immediate sense, but only through daily facebook messages and comments on my blog. That community, however disconnected it may be, is one of my most valued and so being able to contribute back in some way seems imperative. I derive so much inspiration from other vegan runners and their respective communities that it’s only fair I can offer something as well.

Which leads me to my project and my involvement.

I put myself out there via my blog and get a lot of feedback, most always positive, some not so positive. I also get a lot of questions regarding training, diet and other various issues related to veganism and running, which I’m more than glad to respond to. I hope I haven’t neglected anyone’s questioning. After some time though the questions start to repeat themselves, and I it hit me that I’m in a good position to put together a “Run Vegan Primer” to help answer some of these questions and lend a little more insight and perspective to vegan running, at least in the way I see things.

On one particular day of caffeinated inspiration I really decided to go at it and write out an outline for the primer. What ended up happening, I should have foreseen, was this primer very quickly turning into a book. Though I’m VERY hesitant to call it a book. It’s not a book. It’s a…a…very long blog post? I don’t know, I’m still writing it.

The good news is that I’m still very inspired to create this Run Vegan Primer, bringing together the facets of running, veganism and other perspectives to offer a bit of my experience for others to pick and choose from. The bad news is, well, there isn’t any bad news yet, unless I don’t actually finish this thing, or when I do I realize it’s a pile of crap and I throw it away. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Right now, however, I WANT to complete this, because I want to offer this to the vegan running community. Up to this point my running has been, and will continue to be, a selfish endeavor where I try to hit greater and greater achievements. It has also been a relatively unselfish endeavor in that I always want to use my talents to bring light to the issue of animal exploitation, with the intention of seeing it end. Those two efforts are easy though. It’s offering something of value to the greater community, in this disconnected internet form of bits and bytes, that poses the bigger challenge.

With that said, now I’ve…well…said it. And that has power. And accountability. Now I’m held to complete this project with an even greater sense of urgency, because I don’t want to add one more notch on my plank of “unfinished projects”. And don’t worry, if it DOES come to fruition, you’ll certainly hear about it. If, however, I go silent….kick me in the ass. Keep nagging me and asking me when it’s going to be finished, cause isn’t that what community is for, holding each other to our word?

Thanks for all your support and encouragement…I hope to return the favor.

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4 responses to “Think Kit – December 6th

  1. Chris Shoebridge

    I think this is a great idea – you’re a role model for a lot of people and your experience and advice will be valuable. Now that you’ve told us, we’ll make sure you finish it! Looking forward to the finished Primer already.

  2. Dude this sounds great. This vegan runner will poke at you until completed because I’m now definitely too intrigued not to.

    • Thanks! It’s still coming along, when I find time in between other projects. Looking forward to getting it out there!

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