This week, we have Freya! She’s from England!
Isn’t that cool?
What is the name of your blog and how does it describe you?
It’s called Brit Chick Runs – the name is pretty self explanatory. I’m from England and have lived here all my life, hence the Brit bit – though I am desperately trying to find a way to move to the USA, so any men looking for a nice English wife….you know who to call! I’m also a girl who loves running My first experience of running was finishing last (and collapsing after) in the 800m at school, but about 2years ago I picked it back up again, and haven’t looked back since. So far I’ve done 3 half marathons and a full marathon, and I’ll begin training for my second marathon later this year. I just love running!
How long have you been blogging?
I started in January 2010, so a bit over a year. I’ve been reading blogs for almost 2years now – I LOVE them! I hope to keep blogging for forever and a day, but who knows…
How many hours a day do you devote to blogging?
Hmm…probably about one hour writing a post, but taking photos, Twitter, reading and commenting – I dread to think!
What helped influence your decision to start blogging and the subjects you blog about?
I wanted to be part of such a fabulous community! I first read Kath Eats, then Healthy Tipping Point, and they both inspired me to get healthy and lead a more balanced lifestyle. I felt like blogging would be a great way to track my journey and learn about myself too, plus I’d get to interact more with fellow bloggers and just..belong, I suppose.
The subjects I blog about are stuff that is important to me – health, food, exercise – but with a hefty dose of my horse and cats! I also just blog about life in general – my disastrous dissertation supervisor or my neighbour’s dog that chased me down the road…the usual!
As a blogger, what mistakes have you made and what did you learn from them?
I used to take really awful, foul pictures. Like, really bad! I think quality pictures make a big difference to a blog – it’s not necessary to have a schmancy camera, but just having the subject at least a little bit in focus is important! So yeah – I learnt to take pictures!
I used to always keep my opinions to myself too, and try and fit a very specific blogger mould, but I’ve realised that isn’t me. I DO have opinions, and I WILL express them. Some readers don’t like that, but I’d rather be ME than be an average of everyone else.
What is the most valuable thing that you have gotten out of your blog?
I’ve met some amazing people and made amazing friendships! Living in England makes it tough to feel as involved, seeing as 99% of blogs are Stateside – but despite that, I have some fabulous internet friends (that really does make me sound cool :/), both in the UK and in America. They’ve been great support at times when I’ve needed it, and are just always there for me. If I didn’t have a blog, I wouldn’t have got to know these people nearly half as well as I do now. Screw the occasional free food and monthly £4 off of FoodBuzz – the friends are where it’s at!
If you could describe your blog in one word, what would it be?
Where do you see your blog in 6 months? 1 year?
Well, I’d like to say I’d have 100,000 daily readers and have taken over from Kath/Caitlin/Gabriela/Tina/whoever-else-is-much-bigger-than-me, but I doubt it’s gonna happen Realistically – I’d just like to continue doing good posts, keep increasing my readership, and you never know – maybe Brit Chick Runs will turn into something more! I’d also like my horse to get world wide domination and fame via the blog, because she’s gorgeous, but I’m hiiighly doubting that’s going to happen any time soon!
Has it been worth it?
Yes, yes, 100 x yes!
Is there anything else you want us to know?
Hmm…some random facts about me?
- I have an unhealthy obsession with Arnold Schwarzenegger (the one and only)
- I ate way too many Clif bars in my first marathon, and subsequently had a kind of breakdown in the last few miles!
- My eyebrows are the first thing I dry when I come out of the shower
- I have a massive crush on my physio (!)
- My hips are double jointed, and I can pop them out of place on cue
- have never, ever eaten red meat in my entire life
- I once ate 11 kiwis in one sitting, and ended up getting terrific heart burn after (that much acid is NOT recommended!)
- Despite being English, I have never drunk a cup of tea. Ever. It looks and tastes like dirty water to me!
- I once ran a 7.03 mile, and it was the proudest moment in my running career We can’t all be speed demons like Matt….
Thank you Freya! Does anyone have any questions for her?