For the past three years I have been a part of the Rock ‘n’ Blog team with the Rock ‘n’ Roll race series. My participation as a Rock ‘n’ Blogger has allowed me to participate in various races and connect with other runners both online and in person. I was also treated to the VIP experience at Virginia Beach in 2015 and Philly in 2016 and 2017. I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunities that being a Rock ‘n’ Blogger has provided me with. In addition to the races themselves, I was also connected with various brands, including Eagle Creek and SmartyPants Vitamins.
The only thing that I would have changed about my Rock ‘n’ Blog experience would have been being able to travel and participate in even more races. Unfortunately, my job as a teacher limits my travel abilities during the school year, and there aren’t many races during the summer months. But even with not being able to participate in more races than I have, I have thoroughly enjoyed my participation as a Rock ‘n’ Blogger for the past three years.
Rock ‘n’ Blog applications for 2018 were due last week. I went back and forth for awhile about whether or not to reapply for next year’s team. After much debate, I decided to not reapply. Why?
For one, my 2018 calendar is already filling up, especially for the Spring. I have an out of town bridal shower the day of Rock ‘n’ Roll DC. Since I’m running the Chicago Marathon again in 2018, I’ll likely have a 20+ mile run to complete the weekend of Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly. Although I made this race a part of my 20 miler this year, I’m not sure that I want to do that again next year. The only other “local” race left is Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach over Labor Day weekend, but I’m not ready for us to commit to traveling over the holiday weekend right now.
Another reason why I didn’t reapply is because my heart just isn’t in it at the moment. I don’t want to commit to something just because I’ve done it before, and then feel obligated to have to fulfill responsibilities for an ambassadorship. That makes it feel like work. I already have a full time job, and don’t need to have more things that feel like “work” on my plate. And because I’m trying to find a better balance in life in order to better take care of myself and my family, I’m trying to be better about prioritizing and committing to things that I really want to do.
Part of why my heart isn’t in it right now is because there were some changes made to the program over the past year. The former head of the Rock ‘n’ Blog program has since left the company. She was an incredible leader, who did a great job of helping to inject enthusiasm into the group, especially on the group Facebook page. I haven’t connected with the new leader the same way I did with the old leader. There have been some other changes made to the program, that aren’t necessarily bad, but they didn’t exist when I first applied to the program, and thus weren’t part of what drew me to the program in the first place. In no way am I putting Rock ‘n’ Blog down, I’m just saying that the program is different than when I first joined it three years ago.
So those are the three main reasons why I didn’t reapply for 2018. Does stepping away for next year mean that I’ll never consider applying for the team again? Absolutely not. But Rock ‘n’ Blog just isn’t the right fit for me for next year.
QOTD: When have you had to make the decision to step away from something that has been a part of your life but you knew that it wouldn’t continue to be a good “fit” for you?