We started with 32 awesome running blogs that you nominated via Twitter, Facebook and SR comments, and it was a tough competition among many amazing blogs. The real winners are those of us who found new blogs to follow, but through each round, only a few continued on, and in the end Nichole’s Running Journey was voted top women’s running blog in all the Internet. It was quite a surprise to many of us – NRJ is awesome, but was nonetheless a “Cinderella story” – she beat out some of the biggest blogs in the business!
When asked why Nichole won the tournament, Salty blogger Pepper put it well:
“I think what’s inspiring about her is her work ethic; she obviously trains hard and respects her coaches. I always enjoyed reading her blog when I was questioning my own training and seeing how she had gotten to the OTQ.”
Salty blogger Sassafrass chimed in with:
“I have read Nichole’s blog since right around the time of the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. I stumbled across it when looking for regular women who had qualified. I have continued to read because, despite being much faster than me, Nichole is really relatable. Whether she’s posting about struggling with workouts, balancing running with work and life, Nichole’s journey has been a really fun one to follow. She’s so transparent and open about everything, and doesn’t come across as being arrogant despite her times. Plus I love that she posts about “real world” things like the grocery budget. It shows that making the leap to being a pro runner isn’t all photo shoots and nailing workouts!”
To celebrate NRJ’s win, we thought we’d get to know the woman behind the site, Minnesotan, Olympic Trials marathoner and mom-to-be, Nichole Porath. Read more >>