early mid 30’s, looking for fitness. Likes good food and good beer. Lives in Devon. Blogs about some, all or none of these things, depending on his mood.
2012 – it begins
I started this blog in Spring 2012, shortly after my 30th birthday. It’s stated aim was to document my progress as I sought to locate my misplaced fitness, starting with a few tentative runs in the Devon countryside. My first few blog posts (It’s all downhill from here and Getting back into the habit) explain a little more about where I found myself as I said hello to my fourth decade.
At the same time, I wanted to see whether it is possible to stay fit, keep healthy and eat well. This blog also documents the food and drink that Mrs Running Buffet and I enjoy. We are fans of good, tasty cooking (although we’re not above enjoying the occasional takeaway or meal out as well) and I hoped to be able to share that with you through this blog.
I decided that setting myself various challenges would be a good way to keep myself motivated. In September 2012, I started two different challenges; one focussing on each of the different aspect of the blog. One challenge was to complete 5km per day, every day for 50 days. The other was to sample the top 50 beers of 2012, one per week, for the next year. The post 5x50x50 introduces these challenges in greater detail. You can also click on A Year in Beer at the top of the page to read more about that challenge.
2013 – it continues
Having completed the Year in Beer challenge by the end of the summer, in the autumn of 2013 I started a new challenge, focussing on local food and drink from Devon. Have a look at the Devon A-Z link at the top of the page to find out more. This sparked a new found interest in all sorts of local food and drink events, companies and products and this blog became slightly obsessed with that side of my food-fitness adventure.
2014 – it evolves
As I passed the 100th post milestone and approached the 2nd birthday of this blog, I reasserted my desire to balance good food and fitness, both in my life and on this blog. You can read more about the evolution of the Running Buffet blog here. I once again joined in with the 5×50 challenge and I also started entering a few races. The Devon A-Z challenge ended up taking a little longer than a year and saw me all the way through to Christmas 2014, where I was finally able to complete the challenge of eating my way through the alphabet. And 2014 also saw the blog get a new name, moving to runningbuffetblog.com (and, no, the change in name has had no effect on the numbers of people who end up here when all they really wanted was some help in putting together a buffet – to you all, my apologies).
2015 – getting confused
As we entered 2015 I decided that I needed to know more about the food and drink side of the equation. Not just about finding new things that I liked to eat and drink but to investigate whether those were the right things to be eating and drinking. You can click on The Right Thing link at the top of the page to find out more about what turned out to be my most challenging challenge yet. And there were still running adventures to report on, including more races: click here if you really feel that your day needs to include photos of a bearded bloke in a Red Riding Hood outfit. You have been warned.
2016 – a change of direction
Into 2016 and I began to ring the changes. By the summer I was rapidly approaching redundancy and the opportunity to try my hand at something new. Although not wanting to close the lid on Running Buffet – after all, The Right Thing was a long way from being a done thing – I was also aware that I was no longer able to give this blog the time it deserved. Rather than provide a trickle of poor posts, I pulled down the shutters temporarily while I focussed on finding my feet as a self-employed freelance illustrator and artist.
In the meantime there was still eating to be done, beer to be drunk, and running to be, er, run. As ever, the difficulty was in finding the balance between all of these things, particularly as the challenges of trying to get a new business off of the ground started to make themselves known. I have been doing this for several years now and I haven’t yet found a magic solution to this balancing act.
2018 – it’s been a blast
Since becoming self-employed in October 2016 I have been busy getting my Etsy shop and freelance illustration business off the ground. I have a rather nice range of t-shirts available for all you runners, riders, and swimmers out there. Just sayin’…
I have also kept a blog as part of my business marketing. A few recent posts have started to lean towards “Running Buffet” territory and that got me thinking: why don’t I share them over here as well so you don’t miss out?
Well, I tried that and, to be honest, it didn’t really work. Time was just too short to really give Running Buffet the effort it deserved. It was a fun few years but it is time to close this blog.
The http://www.runningbuffetblog.com address will disappear during 2018 so please bookmark runningbuffet.wordpress.com for all those future trips you would like to make down memory lane. I shall be leaving this blog here for posterity, and because I truly value the comments and interactions I had through this blog. If you miss me, come and say hi at www.jonstubbington.com.
Finding your way around
You can read this blog anyway you wish (and literally some people are already doing so). If you start at the Home page, you will find all of my posts in chronological order. Clicking the title of a post that you like the look of will take you to that particular post, where you can “like” it (or just plain old like it, if you prefer) and leave rude messages for me. I would prefer nice messages, but I’m not getting my hopes up.
If you would like to focus in on a particular area, you can use the navigation at the side of the page to jump straight to a particular post or to browse by month.
Or, you can select a category that you are interested in. Only want to read about my beer tasting challenge? Then just click on A Year in Beer.
Thank you for finding me and for taking the time to find out a bit more about me and my blog. I hope you enjoy it.