When I had my annual performance review a couple weeks ago, my boss encouraged me to start blogging.  I work for a technology marketing agency, and I know that he meant for me to start blogging about something related to my work.  But, the truth is, I spend 40 to 50 hours a week immersed in tech talk, and while my job is interesting and fulfilling, the thought of blogging  about cloud computing, IT security, or enterprise applications just doesn’t do it for me.

So I started thinking about what motivates me, inspires me, gets my creative juices flowing, as well as about what I want to achieve in this coming year.  And I kept coming back to one thing:  running.

Simply put, running changed my life three years ago.  My seven year marriage was ending, and I was starting over again at age 30.  It was a confusing time.  I was concurrently devastated and exhilarated.  I made a decision to start saying “yes” to things – to start taking some chances and challenging myself.  I also had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to do a sprint triathlon.  But, I’m not one to jump into things, so I took a baby step and decided that I would start with running (I hadn’t run seriously since high school track) and I set a goal to run three 5k races in 2008.  I started running first on my own, then with a running group, and then I ran my first 5k in May 2008.  And that was it – I was completely hooked.  I ran three races that year and another 16 in 2009 and 2010, including three half marathons.  Through running, I have gained so much:  friendships, confidence, energy, focus, motivation, and a purpose outside of my career.  I am stronger in every sense of the word – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I was at a low point, and running helped me to rise up, stronger than I’ve ever been in my life.  If it could do that for me, what can it do for others?  And to take it one step further, how can I help spread the word about running’s power to transform?

Well, for starters, I can make a commitment.  So here it is:  I am going to donate a dollar for every mile I run in 2011 to organizations focused on leveraging running as a tool to create a better life.  For now, I am looking at Girls on the Run (a program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running) and Back on my Feet (an organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem).

I’m not sure yet what direction this blog will take.  But as of now, I plan to write about my running, service experiences, and things that inspire me.   Oh – and I kicked off my 2011 running journey today – two miles and counting.  I think it is going to be a great year!

 

10 Responses to Kicking off “Janice on the Run”

  1. Denise Pitchford says:

    Honey,

    A great big WOW!!!

    I am sooo proud of you….a Blogger now! And donating money to worthy causes!
    I knew this year was going to be a good one.

    You are mixing in another love and very creative talent of yours that you’ve had since you were a little girl…..the talent of the creative writer. You’ve always had a way with words. I’ll look forward to checking in on your Blog! Good luck!

    Love you lots, Mom

  2. Jenn says:

    Congrats on the new blog! This is awesome! I’m very proud of you. Love you, Jenn 🙂

  3. Mary says:

    This is great Janice! A perfect fit for you– creative writing ; your passion for running and helping others.

    I too am proud of you and look forward to reading your blog. Love you, Mary

  4. Tim Dorman says:

    Thanks Janice and good luck to you too…

  5. Debbie Becker says:

    Life is a journey. Congrats Janice on this newest venture on your journey.

    I am not really familiar with blogging but your adoring Mom told me all about this and sent me an email. I asked her if what you were doing was sort of like Phyllis on Y&R? We both laughed, as will any other fans of the show.

    Didn’t know this about you, but agree with the others that creative writing seems to fit you. Good luck….I hope this becomes everything you want it to be.

    Love, Debbie

  6. janice says:

    Thanks everyone!

  7. Joyce Woodrow says:

    Good Luck Janice! Bloggin’ ‘n Joggin’! What a great project you have for this new year! We are excited for you and wish you dry roads ahead too! Love, Joyce & Mike Woodrow

  8. Marcy Kirk says:

    Janice,
    This is awesome, way to go! I’ll be looking forward to hearing how the running is going and all the lives you will continue to touch and inspire along the way!
    Love Ya
    Aunt Marcy

  9. Tia says:

    What a great gift for the charities and for you:-)

  10. Grandmom says:

    Janice, I am so proud of you and always have been. You are amazing! This blog is just perfect for you and I’m sure will help many others. Keep up the good work!
    Love you so much, Grandmom

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