It’s not all about the bling…

My next guest blogger is local photographic legend, ‘biggest loser’ and blinged up runner Jules Porter: http://julesporter.com/running/

Jules' blog
Jules blog

My name is Julian and my friends call me Jules. I am a 51 year old photographer and I am a type 2 diabetic which means I need to stay fit and healthy to maintain my weight and the more I exercise, the more I can eat, so I exercise quite a lot! I have always struggled with my weight and I still do to this day.

An incredible photo showing Julian after losing nearly 100lbs
An incredible photo showing Julian after losing nearly 100lbs © Julian Porter

I was brought up in a very sporty family, but never participated in any sports at all and it was not until I was 50 that I started running and racing and now I have become super competitive.

I have been blogging my business blogs daily since 2006 and decided to start this blog when I started running in March 2013. The idea is to track my races and training so that I can look back to see what I loved, what I hated and where I excelled… and so far I have not hated any of them. My reasons to blog are just the same today I still blog every race for a record.

Despite running several blogs myself I don’t really follow too many bloggers, but I do follow a few holiday blogs that I love, mostly Americans who are way over the top and one cooking blog, which is diabetes-related. I also read a few local blogs like Dean Jones running blog, but my style really comes from my other blogs. As with much of what I write, my blog style is very much “as I say it”. I am not an academic and type what I feel – simple 🙂 I write with my heart.

If you’re starting a blog then think about what you want to achieve first. A blog or “weblog” is simply that: a log or a diary, so think about posting things that you might want to look back on like race stats, weather etc. but also look at your audience and try to keep it interesting. For me, I try to do this with photographs.

An image from one of Jules' most recent runs
An image from one of Jules’ most recent runs © Julian Porter

My audience would be my lovely clients who follow my running and hopefully a few running buddies. I know a few of them choose races that I blog about booking and I get quite a few comments on some posts which is nice. I have had non-running people call me and say, “that post about ……… inspired to start running”, and that makes me feel pretty good.

I blog every race – warts and all 🙂

I don’t really cover much about nutrition in my blogging, so it’s not really a challenge to me.

My blogging does not take up much time, I do it either early mornings or late night and other than that I run a lot and spend time photographing my amazing clients, which keeps me busy.

2014 will be an exciting year, I plan to do my first full marathon and work on my speed work much like I did earlier in 2013. I let that slide a little towards the end of the year concentrating on mileage, which I think was a mistake.

The one skill I need to master is marathon running. I have run 16 miles on my own several times but never raced more than 13.1, so that’s my new challenge. (On Wednesday this week, Jules completed a 22.5 mile marathon training run!)

I would like to ask the next featured blogger, “What do you get from blogging personally, is putting pen to paper enough or do you thrive on feedback?

My favorite “running-related” gadget is my Garmin 620 watch. It’s amazing and has all sorts of information to help me become a better runner. It also allows Sue (Julian’s lovely wife) to follow me from her laptop and it allows me to upload my stats when finished.

Garmin Forerunner 620
Garmin Forerunner 620

I have travelled 4350 miles to run a half marathon in Disney Florida. It was amazing! I have booked to go to California this year to run a series of races and that’s 5400 miles, so getting longer!

Jules at the Disney Half Marathon
Jules at the Disney Half Marathon © Julian Porter

I don’t listen to music when running.

Being a diabetic I have so many recipes that I love. We make a lot of meals together and all are clean and healthy. I don’t eat much processed food apart from cakes 🙂 I don’t really have a favourite, because it changes from month to month. I am a big curry fan for special occasions, but for daily food I cook a lot of brown pasta and brown rice meals

I am injured right now, so I see my physio at least once a week plus get a sports massage and I go to my gym and keep up my strength work.

I always put my socks on in order and I have a lucky penny sewn into my hat.

Smile and those around you smile.

If you are new to exercise take it easy and start with small challenges like the parkrun (5km) and build up slowly. Start running and don’t stop until you reach the finish. Hopefully the finish is a long way off.

I get an awful lot from my running and my blogging helps me remember the great races and fun times and I love it. I love getting feedback from all sorts of people.

I use Facebook and Twitter although I find Twitter very boring.

Please head over to Julian’s blog and check it out – you can be certain that it will be illustrated with beautiful photos!

2 Replies to “It’s not all about the bling…”

  • I’ve had a couple blogs…but really found that writing about my 40 years of running (too many races to count!)and 30+ years of triathlon (actually do count these…118) was boring for readers…and it’s not something I consider an “achievement” for myself as I have been doing them for so long..and had trouble writing about myself and telling myself they WERE achievements-so I quit.

    • I guess that’s the difference between always being a sporty person and those of us who’ve come to it later in life. I was such a failure when it came to sports at school, that achieving anything at all feels like an accomplishment to me now. I think blogging has to be something that you enjoy doing, as well. Some people do it for the response that they get for others, whereas others just enjoy the process of writing. I really enjoyed your blog post where you wrote about how triathlon has changed over the years, with the increase in gadgets and technology, rather than just getting on with it and relying on training to get you through.

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