Running for Anna

On December 12, 2010 our family was devastated by the loss of my niece, Anna Rogotzke, on her fourth birthday, to a rare cancer called Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. On December 4, 2011, I ran in the California International Marathon to raise money for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, a leader in the fight against sarcomas. This blog is created to update those interested in my journey and progress as I train for this event and events thereafter.

....And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I have been blogging almost 3 months, now, so I figured it would be a good time to perform a little evaluation. From what I've seen in the blogging world, there are certain characteristics that promote a successful blog. Let's see how I measure up.   And, yes, as you read this, you may notice I've become a tiny bit addicted to reading blogs.

It would seem that most of the blogs I follow have good information about running, training, all things racing, recovery, and gear. For example, Rachelle has only been running for approximately a year, and she is super fast! She qualifed for Boston earlier this month at the Utah Valley Marathon. She has GREAT information about various training techniques. If you're like me, and the words tempo run, intervals, and speed work mean nothing to you, check out her blog. She explains all of these very well.

My blog: All you'll get - if you're lucky - is how many miles I ran and MAYBE the pace at which I ran those miles (if I'm not too embarrassed). 

I notice that most successful bloggers are also willing to post pictures of themselves in various poses both serious and not-so-serious. Julia is great at this. She just completed her first marathon, she's an overall great person, and I love her blog! Her pictures are great and, if you follow her blog, you will come to love a little dog named Riley.

My blog: Uh....yeah. I hate pictures of myself. I really try to do this, but it takes 1367 attempts of taking the picture before getting one I'm satisfied with.

It seems that many of the successful bloggers are willing to "lay it all out there". They tell you their feelings, their goals, their plans, what they ate that day, etc.

My blog: While I envy that characteristic, I am more of a private person. I guess it's a little easier writing things down than actually expressing them out loud, but even that's not completely comfortable for me.

Some bloggers seem to "have it all together". They can be moms, employees, teachers, volunteers, and runners and still find time to sit down and write inspiring posts. JenDeanna, Small Town Runner, and Erin are all great examples of that. Some other bloggers (Janae and SR) also are very good about posting once every day, sometimes more.

My blog: I'm lucky to find the time to post twice per week. Inspiring? Probably not. I'm working on it, though.

Other bloggers have great advice on healthy living and eating. Lindsay has a great blog which I have found very helpful and educational. (Food can be good without sugar and preservatives???...Never would have guessed that.)

My blog: I'd love to take pictures of my healthy meals and provide readers with great recipes, many pictures of cereal, sandwiches, chips, and spaghetti can one tolerate?

So, obviously, the outcome of this little test is a big FAIL on my part. But, that's OK. Still going to blog, anyway, so thanks for reading!  I promise to try harder in the future to be a better blogger.  Reading all the amazing blogs in my blog list will - I'm sure - motivate me!!

 Speaking of motivation from a blog:  Nikki has a beautiful quote on her blog about running.
"I run because it's so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can't. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you're capable of so much more than you thought." ~Arthur Blank

And Suzy has an awesome picture on her blog today:
These are pictures of my desk and shelves at work.  I think Suzy and I might have something other than running in common:
Oh yeah.....Go Pack Go!!!





  1. I agree with your observations about what makes a blog successful or good to read, but I also think we shouldn't measure "success" in the blogging world by how many followers we have or how many views our blog has had.

    Those kind of things are great, but for me the goal of success is to be myself, share my knowledge, struggles and successes in life (however I may chose to) and keep myself accountable for my healthy lifestyle and running.

    So far, I think I've done that. Blogging has motivated me to sign up for that half marathon I may not have otherwise. Blogging has motivated me to eat better, exercise and run more and share myself with others (which I find hard, too).

    I think your blog is successful because you are sharing the loss of your niece to a horrible disease and your blog is in her memory and is raising money for that cause. That is success, in my book!

  2. you are sweet. thanks for your kind comments about my blog! I used to NEVER carry my camera. and I hated posting pictures of myself. but now I just have fun with it. but honestly I think the best thing to do with blogging is to just be you. the blogs I enjoy reading the most are the ones that seem the most genuine and unique. your blog is both of those things and I look forward to every single post that you share. plus your training is truly inspiring. thanks for sharing your blog and a little piece of your life with us :)

  3. I am laughing as I read this because I have felt the same way!! But one of the reasons I love reading blogs is because they are all different and unique. They each show our different personalities. I like what Julia said. You are sharing a little piece of YOUR life with us and that is just what we need. Your life and your blog is a great one and you are inspiring others. Keep doing what you are doing. I love coming back to see what you're up to!

    I'm glad you love that quote too. It's a good one!. Thanks for what you said!!

  4. Oh jen! I love your blog for THESE REASONS!! Its you, and I love your heart! I love your thoughts, your drive, your sincere words. Keep it up!