It has become tradition for me in late December to write a recap of what has been going on at HillRunner.com over the past year.
While I don’t have a lot to write about this year, I’d like to keep the tradition going so here it is.
To be honest, it’s been a challenging year to get much done at HillRunner.com. There were simply too many other things going on. I have a few things in development but haven’t been able to commit the time necessary to complete them. Hopefully, with these things in the pipeline, this means 2020 will be a more eventful year.
What I can say is that I’ve been making some efforts behind the scenes to ensure HillRunner.com continues to perform well and look good for you. I made some formatting changes in the first half of the year to make the site more readable, especially in the forums. In the second half of the year, I did some database cleanup and made a few other changes in order to improve performance. I can say that performance tracking over the past month has shown a respectable improvement in average performance, especially when compared to a year ago. I hope these improvements have made the site better for you.
Probably the biggest change of the year behind the scenes has been a big step up in my efforts to combat spammers and stop them before you ever see them. I found a new tool that aggressively combats spammers and I’ve seen a change in traffic since implementing it. There have been a few false positives and I apologize for those. However, I do think that as a whole this new tool and my implementation of it has improved the overall experience at HillRunner.com while reducing the efforts I have to put forth.
About the only other thing I have to say about this year is that there have been some blog posts I’m very proud of and very happy I could share with you. Here are a few that I would consider highlights of the year.
How to do an easy run: Sometimes questions that need to be asked don’t get asked. I decided to answer one of those questions here.
The best recovery method: There’s a whole industry revolving around recovery but the best thing you can do is simply get enough sleep.
Happy 20th birthday to the HillRunner.com community! I completely forgot as I was writing this post but we celebrated 20 years this spring! Thank you all so much for making this happen.
There are no magic paces (or black holes): An important reminder that all paces are beneficial if you know how to use them.
What are you running for? Always remember your why. It will help you in many ways.
“See God” workouts and why I (mostly) don’t like them: I’m generally not a fan of these workouts. Here’s why.
Three lessons from my difficult summer: I did not have a good summer but I hope you can learn something from my mistakes.
Offline, Team HillRunner.com got together for our usual Al’s Run team event. As always, it was one of the highlights of the year for me personally. I’m always amazed by the great people who are willing to represent this site with their efforts. This year, the crew represented very well, bringing home not just our share of individual medals but some team hardware:
Thank you all for the support in 2019 and here’s to a wonderful 2020!