Runners know all about numbers. It's what we're judged by, ultimately, in our training and in races. The clock doesn't lie.
So running readers no doubt will understand why The Bee's "Run, Sacramento" blog is leaning into the tape and crossing the finish line after nine months of service to the Sacramento running community. The reason this space is shutting down today and going to whatever happy place in the ether where discontinued blogs dwell is simple: Lack of numbers.
We just didn't generate the amount of monthly hits needed to keep us going. The internet is a fast-changing place, so I'm sure you'll understand. This blog had a loyal, if small -- compared to The Bee's total readership -- following. But it's time to move on.
I'd like to thank all the people out there who contributed, via items and tips and useful comments, over the blog's nine-month gestation period. Sacramento, and environs, has a wonderful running community. Go to any road race, or trail trek, too, and you immediately see it. Our area is fortunate to be home to some of the nation's best ultrarunners and several Olympic Trials-qualifying marathoners (Running Times, just this month, did a nice spread on Mary Coordt.)
Though the blog is going away, I am not -- at least that's what they assure me.
I will still occasionally write about running and other endurance sports in The Bee's print edition; the stories also can be found on our website. In fact, on June 22, I'll have a story on triplet sisters training for an Ironman triathlon and, on June 24, I'm writing about what runners in the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run eat during all those hours on the trail.
In closing, thanks for the support. This blog's been fun.