One Year Later: the Run 4 Joy Blog is (Still) For You

The first Run 4 Joy blog post appeared on Friday, August 5 of last year.  We share a birthday, as the blog appeared the day before I turned 70.

While navigating the final year’s journey toward a new decade, I thought hard about next steps. I wanted to launch a new project that reflected my values, served others, and tapped into the perspective of advancing years. The outcome was to start blogging for Back of the Pack runners.

I appreciate all of you who have shared this first year. I am especially grateful to those who have interacted with the blog, with me, and with one another in the Run 4 Joy Network Facebook Group.  If you enjoy that experience (and if you enjoy the blog,) I encourage you to share it with family and friends as appropriate.

In honor of our birthdays, I am re-posting the following (very first) issue of Run 4 Joy.

This Blog’s For You

If you have ever been tempted to find out why others in your peer group are hooked on running…

If you have stood at the finish line cheering for loved ones, and have seen people “just like you” wearing a victorious smile…

If you have thought about joining the local running club but worry that you won’t fit in, that you won’t find anyone as slow as you, and that you will fall behind and get lost…

This blog’s for you.

If you ran in high school or college and burned out or got injured, but miss the beauty of running alone or with others on a summer morning…

If you’re “not a runner” but long for an exercise routine that helps you maintain a healthy weight, sleep better, and diffuse stress…

If you are intimidated by hard bodies, personal records, and the image of runners collapsing in exhaustion at the finish line…

This blog’s for you.

This blog is intended to reach out and embrace the entire community of aspiring runners, beginning runners, older, out-of-shape, recovering, and injury-prone runners who identify with the Back of the Pack (known as the BOP by its friends).

I am an impassioned advocate for the BOP. In my local running cub, I am proud of my volunteer job title,”Leader of the Back.”

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If you sign up for our mailing list, you will receive the 5-page Run 4 Joy Starter Kit and monthly emails that link to all components of Run 4 Joy online. Subscribe to the blog itself by entering your email address in the box on this Page and clicking Subscribe.  Check the Facebook Group and Join.



1 comment

  1. I am so glad you have this tool. I was a runner then got cancer. I am cancer free and 61 years .. I am ready to start again

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