Inaugural Post

Can you really teach an old dog new tricks?  We shall see in the days, weeks and months ahead as I start blogging. What do you think about “Joanie’s Jog Blog?”

Summer has arrived in Maine in all its glory and the flood gates have opened for tourists in Freeport.  Easier to get around running than driving.

Perfect summer day yesterday.  Started at 5:30 AM on the docks in South Freeport, and jumped aboard a friend’s boat to go lobstering.  Lots going on in Casco Bay early in the morning….ospreys swooping , seals bobbing, eagles nesting and fish jumping.  Caught a lot of lobsters too!  We nothched and threw back several “Lucky Ladies” (female lobsters who weren’t bearing eggs but had not been previously caught).  Once a lobster is notched on a tail fin, it can’t be included in any catch going forward.  A good example of sustainable fishing.  After we got back to port, I jumped ship and went for a run.  Into the garden afterward to harvest the first lettuce of the season.  After planting another crop of beans and carrots, I jumped into our cove on the incoming tide for a short swim.  I love to plan my day around the tides during Maine summers.  Thus the title of my first book, “Running Tide.”  Thinking of another book.  What do you think about another  book?


Tide is coming in… Gotta jump in.  Great way to calm my back muscles after picking strawberries this morning with other Master Gardeners for the Wayside Kitchen.  We need to keep the hungry well fed.



  1. Posted by: Margaret
    June 26, 2013

    Another book would be great!

  2. Posted by: ALICE GOLDSMITH
    June 26, 2013

    Good Luck Keep up the good work..Alice

  3. Posted by: Ritahelen
    June 26, 2013

    Hi Joanie, seriously, if you simply recorded your minutes running everyday, I would read it and call it inspirational. It’s like that! You are wonderful, please blog away!

  4. Posted by: Liz
    June 26, 2013

    I am so excited you are blogging. It was wonderful meeting you at the Freihofer’s Run for Women. I spoke with you about my son and reading to him … and you signed my cap! I am looking forward to reading your posts, and am glad to see you are writing about your non-running life. Enjoy the cool Maine water, here in Albany NY it is hot and humid, I would love a dip in the ocean right now!

  5. Posted by: Melissa
    June 26, 2013

    I’m thrilled to see you blogging! I recall so clearly watching you win the gold medal on the TV in my parents’ living room and I have loved following your career and watching you explore your interests. You continue to inspire me and appear to live an authentic life, full of honesty and compassion for others, concern for the world, and action in line with your beliefs. You are a role model for me still. Please write another book!

  6. Posted by: Hazel Wightman
    June 26, 2013

    Welcome to the world of blogging, more power to you!
    Be careful of the oncoming traffic! A lot of the folks from away in my Maine Nirvana are hikers so they do not impact the traffic as much. Your first post sounds like a perfect day in a great place. If you write a new book I’ll read that one too.

  7. Posted by: Debbi
    June 26, 2013

    Great job Joan. Sounds like it’s getting busy up in Maine. So glad you are blogging.

  8. Posted by: Reluctant Runner
    June 26, 2013

    As a native Mainer currently living in Massachusetts…I still remember what a big deal it was when you won the marathon in ’84. I was in elementary school at the time…but yes. Always a big fan of you as a runner and fellow Mainer! I blog too! But…definitely not as good or fast as you. I have a love/hate relationship with running and treat it like one of those bad boyfriends you constantly go back to. (Cue Taylor Swift “I hate you, we break up, you call me, I love you…) I’m currently in love with running, but it can change on the daily. I just ran the BAA 10k this past Sunday…always a good time….but tiwas a great race…great time…I love running again! Today? Who knows. Enjoy your swim…I’d love to hear from you if you get a chance and you could check out my blog! -RR

  9. Posted by: Tina@GottaRunNow
    June 26, 2013

    While on vacation, I ran the Maine Marathon in 2011 – fun! I saw you run by in the out and back section of the race, visited Freeport, Bar Harbor and Acadia Nat’l Park. Loved Maine! Great to see you’re blogging and considering writing a new book, too!

  10. Posted by: Shane
    June 26, 2013

    I like “Joanie’s Jog Blog.”

  11. Posted by: Andrea Guzman
    June 26, 2013

    Nice job! I love your blog =)! Another book sounds awesome!

  12. Posted by: linda
    June 26, 2013

    thank you so much for this! it’s a wonderful idea. your writing style is clear and crisp and colourful, and you’ve given us not only a window on your personal world but a look at what’s up in coastal maine. more, please!

  13. Posted by: Jim Brawner
    June 26, 2013

    So glad to see your blog – great idea! Love the figure running across the top. I live in Savannah, but I’m up in Maine vacationing this week – sheer heaven running and hiking in cooler weather! I met you at the MDI Marathon in 2007, and have your autographed card on my bulletin board to greet me each morning. That was my 2nd marathon, and this year’s Boston was #15. You are such an inspiration – please keep writing!

  14. Posted by: Belinda
    June 26, 2013

    Yes! I think a blog would be great!!! You are my inspiration to keep running!! Also posting foods and recipes would be nice…would Love to be as thin as you!!

  15. Posted by: Alison Berglund
    June 26, 2013

    Great reflection of your day, keeps it all in perspective. Yes, please write another book, and do the blog. I still have a copy of Running Tide and re-read it recently. As for your Gold, I was in Paris and we all celebrated for you. Belated thanks for staying at the Tufts 10K Finish Line 2 years ago and personally congratulating all of us – even the well over an hour gang.

  16. Posted by: Ace Foulds
    June 26, 2013

    I’m glad to see you blogging and look forward to more postings giving me a look at Maine I wouldn’t ordinarily see. Thank you for that.

  17. Posted by: Ben McCrillis
    June 26, 2013

    Very excited to see that you are sharing your thoughts and views on your blog. In the future I would love to read about some of the training you were doing for decades as a competitor as well as what your routine is now! For many Maine-ahs you are a living legend!

  18. Posted by: Carol Giampietro
    June 26, 2013

    The first thing that strikes me is the word ‘Jog’…kind of an antiquated term, offensive to most ‘runners’ LOL! However, Jogging Joanie does have a nice ring to it but then I wonder…do you ever jog? At what point does jogging become running…under 8 mins/mile pace? Just thinking, since you are the record holder for ‘our’ age group have you ever jogged that slow? All kidding aside, keep writing blogs and books and most of all keep inspiring your followers to keep active and healthy!

  19. Posted by: Lauren Stagnitti
    June 26, 2013

    Congratulations on your blog!
    I am three brother Lauren, running partner with Jojo’s mom Sue.
    It’s good to see you blogging, your information is inspirational to many!
    Glad your garden is doing well, VT is one huge quagmire but raised rows help salvage the crops.
    Hope to see you in San Fran this yr.

  20. Posted by: Karen Buckwalter
    June 26, 2013

    Blog great idea! Another book…even better idea! Love you Joanie! You inspire me!

  21. Posted by: Andrea Cayer
    June 26, 2013

    Joanie, yes, yes, blog away! It’s entertaining and inspirational reading what you have to say! I love how you love Maine and that you are proud to share all the goodness and beauty Maine has to offer!

  22. Posted by: Brenda Conlan
    June 26, 2013

    Blogging, gardening and running are all valiant activities! Remember what Cicero said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” I guess he didn’t know that running was also a necessity. I look forward to your future posts!

  23. Posted by: Mary
    June 26, 2013

    This is great! So glad you’re blogging!! I’m on the Cape (Cod) and the tourist flood gates are open here too!! Hope to see you at Falmouth this year.

  24. Posted by: Shannon
    June 27, 2013

    Love you. Love the blog. And yes to another book!!

  25. Posted by: Amy
    June 27, 2013

    I lived in Cape Elizabeth until I was 10- I am now 43. I remember being in the car with my mom and brothers one day and my mom saying, “there goes Joanie”. I learned that day about you, about goal setting and about inspiration. I was sooo psyched for you in 1984 and sooo psyched to have you as an example of health and perseverance growing up. Thank you. Keep blogging. I’m sure alot of us will enjoy reading what you write.

  26. Posted by: Michele
    June 27, 2013

    Hi Joanie! Michele (Rand) Reagan here…gotta tell you, one of MY favorite summer activities is reading all the books I can for Windham Library’s summer reading challenge. Last summer, for my biography choice I FINALLY read Running Tide. And yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very cool to see you trying your hand at blogging now, one of the many things on my bucket list. Keep it up, and hopefully some of your spirit will rub off on me. Like Bilbo Baggins, sometimes I think I just need a bit of a nudge out the door to get moving on my own quest to slay the dragon. Will enjoy your adventures in the meantime though, keep ’em coming!

  27. Posted by: Carmen
    June 27, 2013

    Great job Joan(nie).
    It is inspiring to see you live your life so fully and inspire others with your quiet strength and with your modesty.
    I mentioned only two, even though your life in the public eye shows more than those, qualities.

    You have been an inspiration to me when I expanded my running to the marathon distance and eventually running Boston Marathon, encouraged by my running club friends, even though I did not know about you having conquered Olympus (:)) at the time.

    Go for another book! I’m sure that you have lots of wisdom to impart.

    It isn’t always great big wisdom we (maybe I should just say I) need to learn about.

    What it is really compelling is your down-to-earth understanding of life, your connection to the land, to your family, your need to stay in motion. You’re a great role models so it will help others to know what gives your life meaning. People say…’it’s the little things..’
    Be well, Carmen

  28. Posted by: Carmen
    June 27, 2013

    Sorry, misspelled some words.. :(

  29. Posted by: Cindi Girard
    June 27, 2013

    LOVED reading your first blog. Please keep sharing.

  30. Posted by: john montgomery
    June 27, 2013

    Joan, always an inspiration to me, and you are still going strong. Yes another book to empower and inspire more people. Maybe some recipes too, the world needs help on preparing good simple food. You have and continue to amaze me )for over 30 years).

  31. Posted by: judy lynch
    June 27, 2013

    Pleased to read your first blog. Great job. The runner at the head of your blog reminds me of what I often say. “The natural aging process happens, and, my job is to adapt to subtle change so I may continue to keep my place on this earth in a sane, MOBILE way.” I will, most definitely, follow your blog. You symbolize to me Maine, natural beauty, giving, humility and action.

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