When I originally started this blog, it was about me. My running, my feelings, my mileage stats, the races I’ve ran and anything I wanted to talk about basically. This blog celebrates the things I love, family, friends, running, honoring those who can’t, competing (yes, even at my age), being physical, and living the best I can and sharing that with others. When I was thinking of a name for the blog, 11315 Miles was the first concept that popped into my head. So I went with it. The name stands for more than just the amount of days of my mother’s life. It represents my tenacity, drive, determination and defiance; the inner workings of my beliefs and what has brought me to this place today.
But after thinking for a while about this blog it hit me it’s not about me. It never was just about me. It was my idea, yes, but as I write and this blog grows it becomes less and less about me. I’m sure these feelings, hopes, and wants exist in many people. I’ve just happened to lay it out, wanted to see where it all goes. Follow that path, Trust in it. Is it easy to follow a certain path? How do we really know it’s the best one? I guess that’s where hard work and faith come in. It was time for me to make a change and let’s face it, change can be good. All of these ideas I’ve had are starting to just spill out, too hard to contain. It’s time to trust the path and take that initial step. No fear. I don’t know why it has bothered me for so long, I’ve always had the courage to just do it, just go. I’m doing this because I believe it’s a good thing.
When I invited Collena Ahrens to be part of this I had no issue, no second thoughts on that decision. She reminds me so much of me when I was her age, just better. She shares many of the same inspirations. She’s smart, funny, and innovative and has a wonderful business ethic. I can’t wait to see what she brings to the table. I told her start blogging! When I saw her initial blog “Inspirations” I was taken aback by what she wrote. I couldn’t read it all the way through the first time. Those were the kindest words anybody could read. My first thought was I have some big shoes to fill.
So, bear with us as we work through the quirks of the blog. I’m still trying to figure it out! We appreciate you reading and being part of our vision.