My name is Janice and I grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I was a massage therapist for ten years and in December of 2014 I received my bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies through Old Dominion University. Currently, I am working on my masters degree in Elementary Education through Old Dominion. My husband, who is British, is in the Royal Navy. I met him while he was stationed in Virginia Beach for three years. Didn’t know they stationed them there? Me neither until I met him! We had eight months together before he had to move back to the UK. Having a transatlantic long distance relationship is about as fun as you can imagine it is. The five hour time difference and our work schedules made communication difficult and it we decided we needed another plan. So, we eloped with my parents as witnesses and began the wonderfully stressful process of applying for my spousal visa. Now that I am here in the UK with him, we are setting up house and adjusting to married life.
Always one to struggle with weight loss, I began running around six years ago. What started as a journey to make it around the block without stopping has turned into a 20-25 mile a week habit. I use the term habit loosely as I have been known to occasionally ditch this habit and trade it for another habit in the form of sleeping in or hangovers. I have participated in around 20 different races, all of which I was absolutely positive I would not win. I have run five half marathons (13.1 miles) and one full marathon (26.2 miles), all of them surprisingly more miserable than the last. I don’t think of myself as a good runner, but more like the little engine that could. I accepted a long time ago that I’ll never be as fast as I want to be (I average a 9:30/mile pace), but I don’t let that stop me from feeling like a badass when I set a mileage goal and beat it.
(With my best friend, Cristie and her mother at the Disney Happy Haunted 5k trail run)
As I settle into my new life here in the UK I wanted to find a way to keep in touch with family and friends and also hold myself accountable for my health and well being in a public, social media way because that is how things are done these days, isn’t it? I chose the title, Running in the Reign because I thought it was witty and strangely enough, I do love running in the rain. So, lucky for me it tends to rain a lot in England! In the short time that I have been here, running has been my way of exploring my new home and making sure I know how to get out of the neighborhood without getting lost. It’s something that is familiar and comforting and my goals are to sign up for some UK races so that I can see more of my new home and hopefully, talk my husband into joining me so that this is something we can do together.