Friday, January 8, 2016

Zuck And The Year of Running

Hey all! Sorry I've been off the blogger grid the last couple of weeks...but the holidays. I'm sure most of you can relate!

I hope you had a good holiday (however you choose to celebrate), and a wonderful New Year. Christmas and New Year's were both very low key for us, which is how I like it! Like the proverbial "kid at Christmas", I'm still playing with my "toys". I got some great new running gear, and actually, my favorite gift is a toy, so maybe I shouldn't be using quotes.

Yes, what you see is an RC short course truck. For the longest time I though RC cars were kind of dumb, but last year Kevin got one for his birthday and we have had a lot of fun with it. So now I have my own so we can play with the cars together. Sometimes it's tough to find common things to enjoy with teenagers, so I'm glad we have our RC cars.

New Year's was nice, too. I had to do a bunch of IT stuff so I was stuck at home that night, but that was OK. I finished in time to ring in the New Year with Darcy and all was well.

So here we are now, into the swing of 2016, and by now I'm sure you have heard about the "Year of Running" campaign launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg likes to set goals at the beginning of the year to challenge himself in some way. Two years ago he learned Mandarin, and last year he tried to read two books a month. This year, he wants to run 365 miles and invited the Facebook community to join him.

He even created a Year of Running page, which as of right now has close to 91,000 members. I'm a member of that page, and it's so inspiring to see people all around the world share their love of running.

To me (and many others) this is a game-changer. No one before this has created a worldwide social platform like this, and I'm interested in seeing where it goes. I have made a podcast about this subject, where I view it from different angles, so give it a listen.

The main theme is...make a difference in your running community! So many negative people want to be part of the problem, be part of the solution instead. Rock your own year of running like never before!

Enjoy the podcast! And feel free to leave your comments below!

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