Here we are, one week into the new year, and I am just now getting around to my year-end wrap-up post. I guess putting an end to procrastination was not on my list of New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

A lot has happened in the last few weeks. Three weeks ago, we set off for a nice Saturday morning run at Patapsco State Park, packing warm clothes, Gatorade, water, etc. into the car. Little did I know when we left the house that Tim also had a beautiful engagement ring zipped up in his pocket.  He asked me to marry him when we were high up on a very peaceful trail on a beautiful, crisp day. It was always a special place for us, but now it is even more so. Best run ever!!

I also completed my year-long running/giving project. As some of you may remember, I made a commitment at the beginning of last year to donate one dollar for every mile I ran in 2011 to organizations that leverage running as a tool to help people toward a better life. Right before the end of the year, I donated $250 to Girls on the Run Atlanta and $550 to Back on My Feet Baltimore. I ran 800.1 miles in 2011. It was fun to give that money away, and I feel great about the organizations to which I donated. I felt a little bit like Santa Claus!

I also recently got more involved in Back on My Feet Baltimore. I met up with the Baltimore group’s director of public relations a couple months ago and have been helping her out with their blog. I also just started running with one of the teams, and I really like it so far. I will write more about those experiences soon.

I’m not sure what’s next for Janice on the Run. I plan to keep writing here, but I’m not sure what direction I’ll take, and while I am sure I will continue to donate to organizations I care about, I am not yet sure if I will do one dollar per mile this year. In addition, I don’t yet have a running goal for the year. I’d like to maybe run a second marathon next fall, but I know my heart and soul has to be 100% in it to commit to the training. This year is already promising to be very exciting and busy, and I don’t know if a marathon is in the cards. I might have more fun running more races in the 10k to half marathon range. I guess I’m just going to go with what feels right.

Today, Tim and I ran six miles in 60 degree sunshine and it felt wonderful. I hadn’t run more than four miles since the marathon, and it felt good to get a solid run under my belt again. The next race on the schedule is the George Washington Parkway Classic on April 22nd – a 10-mile race that we ran last year and absolutely loved – but we may run a couple shorter races before then. It feels good to have a goal to work toward again.

I wish you all a very (belated) Happy New Year!

Miles run in 2011: 800.1

Miles run to date in 2012: 8

 

6 Responses to Wrapping up, Moving Forward

  1. John Pitchford (Dad) says:

    I am so proud of you Honey! Just think, you ran from West Deptford to Atlanta! Or another way to look at it, you ran from West Deptford to Baltimore and back 4 times! How about we do half marathon in Baltimore or Philly or both in 2012? I don’t know about Tim. I hear he’s a marathon snob now! 🙂 I love you!
    Dad

  2. Denise Pitchford says:

    I’m soooo very proud of you and your goals you completed for 2011 and your Santa Claus donations! Looking forward to keeping up this pace with you and your wedding plans this year. Congratulations on a great year last year! 800 miles is UNBELIEVABLE!! So glad I was able to share some of those races with you. Wishing you a wonderful 2012! Love you, honey! Hugs too, Mom <3

  3. Grandmom says:

    Congratulations Janice, I think you had a fantastic year and I’m sure “Girls on the Run” and “Back on my Feet” appreciated your donations. Now I’m excited about the upcoming three weddings in our family. This will be quite a year for all of us. Good luck with your next race even though it’s not until April. Love you so much!

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