I think it may be important to start by explaining why I used to think that having a website would be a bad thing for a distance runner. I used to be of the opinion that sharing your training was foolish because you don't want others to pick up on what you are doing. Presumably, an athlete should have complete faith in their training and believe that they have a better training plan than the people they are competing against. If one believes this then it follows that they should not want to share their training, it would basically be like a company sharing trade secrets or other proprietary information with their competitors. To be honest, I can still very much empathize with this school of thought and as such, I do not hold it against any athlete who does not want to share their training. To each their own.
However, despite my previous hesitancy about sharing my training and other aspects of my life as a professional runner, I have decided to share it all. The first reason being, the business model, where each camp keeps their methods close to the vest, does no good for the advancement of the field as a whole. Conversely, the model used in the scientific community where researchers share their findings does wonders to advance any number of fields, and at heart I am a fan of the sport and would rather contribute to the progress of distance running than keep my workouts secret in an attempt to hoard a few seconds here and there.
An additional reason that I want to share my training with others is because I always appreciated when other runners shared their training via the interwebs. Ryan Vail, for example, regularly shares his training in great detail on his blog, http://ryanvail.blogspot.com/ (if you ever want to feel inadequate, do the following: 1. grab some junk food 2. go to his blog 3. pour over his training leading up to a marathon. I promise that whatever training you did that week, you will be less proud of it after reading Vail's blog. 150 MPW??? Seriously Vail??). Wow, sorry about that. Where were we? Oh yeah, I want to be like Ryan Vail because he's the man and crushes miles and tells everyone about it (Ryan Vail might be my spirit animal and I hope he reads this).
The final reason I want to have this website is to give myself a medium to be as transparent as possible. I recently read this article by Ross Tucker and Jonathon Dugas:
In it they argue that one thing athletes can do to combat doping is to be as transparent as possible with fans. I understand that as of right now, I haven't done anything impressive enough on the track or roads or cross country course to warrant the suspicion of taking PEDs. However, I want to run fast enough that people do suspect me for cheating. I also want to be open and honest and transparent enough that people know that I would never take a banned substance. Athletes like Nick Willis and Shalane Flanagan and Meb have all had performances that could merit accusations of doping, but each of them is likable and outspoken and trustworthy enough that I am sure that they are all clean. I think that sharing my training as well as a lot of other information may help to do this. So, when I do run fast enough to merit suspicion I hope that people can come to this website and look back through my training and other posts and hopefully that will put my results into a greater context and their minds at ease.
Off to enjoy a burrito,