Ingredients

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And just who is this master chef cooking up all these delicious posts for you?

The man, the myth, the…..

Naw I’m not that cocky. I’m a pretty down to earth dude.  I developed a passion for eating from a very young age.  My father is a LTC in the United States Army and because of that I spent my entire childhood moving from state to state.  Each state I moved to featured a completely different and unique selection of cuisine.  With a nationwide sampling of the best eats available, I began to really appreciate a well cooked meal vs. generic cafeteria type food.  Unique dishes, such as the Rocky Mountain Oysters you can find at the steakhouses in Ft. Worth, and authentic regional cuisines such as the incredible southwestern food of my birthplace New Mexico, are what satisfies my sweet tooth.  I plan to continue my search for the best foods that each city I go to has to offer.

Real TX BBQ

In addition to my passion for eating the best foods on Earth, I also have quite an obsession with this running thing.  Running has allowed to me escape from the daily anxieties that make ones head feel like it’s going to explode; it’s allowed me to make friends super easily when I move to each place; it’s allowed me to travel to nearly every state in the nation to race the best of the best; finally it’s allowed me to test myself and push myself to the absolute limit.

“Running to him was real, the way he did it the realist thing he knew. It was all joy and woe, hard as diamond; it made him weary beyond comprehension. But it also made him free.”- Once A Runner

❤ Y’all, hit me up bb’s. Enjoi

6 Responses to “Ingredients”

  1. Christopher Reynolds July 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    HEY MAN LOL.

  2. renee marie oquillasa August 8, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    EAT IS SO GOOD!!!! I ♥ YOU! :))))

  3. Alex March 9, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    Hey, I really like your blog, and I enjoy reading about your crazy stories and stuff. In fact, I just created my own running blog (more focused on running news and meet previews, recaps, and analysis), and I was interested in knowing how you grew your site to be so big in the running community. I’m also a student, being a junior on the club team at Illinois, and I’m very impressed with how you can run your blog while still being on the team and a student as well. Any advice/tips you can give me would be much appreciated. I would’ve emailed you or something but there wasn’t any contact information so I thought this might be best.

    Thanks again, and good luck as you get into outdoors!

    Alex

    • eatrunswag March 10, 2012 at 6:24 am #

      Hey man, thanks! Just checked yours out, I like it as well! My girlfriend is actually the president of the club running team here, were you at Club Regionals here in Michigan by any chance? Um well my site started really small, like 50-100 views max on a new post. Honestly one major helper was the word “swag” which exploded in the past year, so a lot of google hits lead to it. But I got more followers as I kept putting out new content. Gradually I began to get a feel for what people wanted to read. My first posts were a lot more personal, and while I thought they were decent, I found the posts that made fun of running or runners were a lot more more popular with the readers. So I gradually began to make more posts of that nature. I had a few advantages most bloggers don’t have though in that I know the guys of Flotrack because I run with them frequently in the summer, and I have pretty good connections with a lot of top runners because I’ve travelled all over the country and met a lot of them through various events.

      Advice I would give you is to start with a good group of followers, like friends and teammates, who can give you good feedback. Mine did. Then maybe experiment and see which kind of posts you are best at, and what the different reactions are. Another hint- Be different than what’s already available. People want something new. Um another hint- make connections, reach out to good people to interview. I’ve only been turned down twice out of all my interviews, and even if you get turned down it’s usually a very simple/polite “no thanks, but I like the blog”. Runners are pretty easy to approach. I think some insight into club running life would be a great post, I hang out with our club runners from time to time with my gf and they seem to generally enjoy running a lot more than a lot of varsity runners.

      Good luck with everything man let me know if ya ever need anything else

      • Alex March 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

        Thanks Zach! Nope, I was in Columbia, Missouri for regionals, though a few of my friends probably know her decently well from club stuff. I definitely try to listen to what people say about the blog (if you had any comments fire away haha) and have changed it a bit from when it first started but I still want to stick a little bit to my original format. I’ve already gotten a lot of feedback and help with the website design and the different features which has been really helpful.

        Those are some pretty sweet connections, being fast and living in Austin has its perks I guess. I did apply for an internship with Flotrack, but as every other running fanatic in the country probably did as well my odds are slim. How did you reach out for people for interviews? Just random Facebook messaging or connections or what? And I’ll definitely do a piece on life as a club runner, I just have no idea when it’ll be since I’m still catching up in school after spending all weekend on Worlds/NCAAs. Oh, nice call on Chris O’Hare by the way, snagged an interview right before he won big.

        Thanks again for the help! I really appreciate it. And thanks for linking to me as well, I’ve already gotten a bunch of hits from it.

  4. click here May 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Cool post . Cheers for, posting on my blog page dude! I will message you some time. I didnt realise that.

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