I am a professional photographer and freelance writer who runs for sanity.  I started this blog  when I was training for my first, and, so far, only marathon (New York City) in order to document my fitness journey and hold myself accountable.  As I made entries, it became much more than a fitness journal to me.  I realized I am also on a spiritual journey and am striving to deepen my walk with God.  I hope you enjoy my posts, I try to keep them light hearted and upbeat; but, more than that, I pray that something on my journey will make your journey a little easier.

The term “Old Broad” has been how I’ve referred to myself long before I was really an old broad.   It’s not the self-derogatory term it may appear to be at first glance.  For one thing, I imagine an 80 year old woman would roll her eyes in disgust if she thought I seriously considered myself old at 52.  No, an “Old Broad” is a woman who is full of wit and wisdom, who knows her path, and who isn’t afraid to be herself.  She’s not afraid of what people will think of her when they see her without makeup, realize she drinks wine more than she should, and drops the occasional four letter word.  She knows who her friends are, is loyal and loving, and tries to leave the world a better place than she found it.  It actually has nothing (or very little) to do with chronological age.

The world (especially the media) tends to lump us all in the washed up category earlier and earlier, so this is one of the ways I thumb my nose at them.  I’ve aspired to be an old broad for as long as I can remember,  and I pray that my journey into the next stages of  life will be as filled with living and loving as they have been so far.

So, whether you’re 32 or 92, I hope you get some inspiration from my journey to reach out, seize life by the horns and jump on for the ride, and realize that age is only a number.

I love comments, so please feel free to post your thoughts.


16 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for following our blog. We sincerely appreciate your support.

    -Marpay Fitness

  2. Scott says:

    Read some of your blog, very interesting. I’m certainly not an “old broad” but old is starting to fit!! Like you, I enjoy, photography too.

  3. Charlotte says:

    I am an amateur photographer, runner, grandma, wife and 54! 🙂 I like how you describe that we don’t care who sees us without makeup, drink more wine than we should, 4 letter words and don’t really care what people think of us. We have real freedom! I like your blog.

  4. […] Old Broads Run is an American blog about ”a woman’s search for fitness after 50 and how she found herself along the way”.  The author started the blog in 2011 when she was training for her first marathon (New York).  Her writing is thoughtful and reflective about the place running has in her life and her Christian faith. […]

  5. justjenng says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your journey…looking forward to reading more! I nominated you for an award over on my blog…have a great day!!!

  6. I want to say a belated “thank you” for following “A Way With Words.” I find great joy in writing that is only surpassed when someone reads what I’ve written. As you’ll see, I write primarily about faith and mental illness, but I’m known to cover other topics on occasion as well as share a few stories (fiction and non-fiction), so if you have any suggestions, just let me know.

    I appreciate what you have going here. As I approach the half-century mark in only a couple weeks, I am taking steps to address my own physical and mental health with diet and exercise (fast walking). I’ll look forward to reading more of your journey in the days ahead.

    Tony Roberts

  7. […] Old Broads Run is a blog about “a woman’s search for fitness after 50 and how she found herself along the way”.  The author, Jayne Richards, started the blog in 2011 when she was training for her first marathon (New York).  Her writing is thoughtful and reflective about the place running has in her life and her Christian faith. @old_broads_run […]

  8. Heidi Lockridge says:

    Looking forward to reading more from you. This journey I am on to run and rediscovering my relationship with God is amazing.

  9. Gail says:

    Love this. When someone tells me I look great (insert longish pause here)….for 55, I eye roll them and ask “What EXACTLY is 55 supposed to look like?

    • jaynerich says:

      You know, I think most people mean well when they say things like that, they just don’t realize how that sounds. I know I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve put my foot in my mouth. So, I usually just say thanks, and remind myself to never, ever say something like that. ;).

  10. tonyroberts says:

    Hello out there. I hope this finds you doing well. For an Old Broad, you seem to have a lot of spunk. 😉

    I see you have been a follower of “A Way With Words.” Great! Thank you.

    We have now transformed into, “Delight in Disorder: Faith & Mental Illness” (delightindisorder.org). I hope you will join us there. On the left sidebar, there is a box (below “Get More Delight”) for subscriptions so you can get the most of our mission.

    Take care & God bless,

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