I have always kept a journal, off & on throughout my life, as a way to reflect, remember, stay accountable, get honest. I now also enjoy reading others’ blogs and personal webpages as they generally give me perspective, insight, alternative points-of-view, or more recently, instruction.
As a very mediocre marathon runner and newbie ultrarunner, I have gained so much inspiration, motivation, and flat-out good information from the blogs of other runners. Particularly women runners like myself. Women who live very full lives already and yet make room for the very time-consuming pursuit of running ultramarathons up and around huge mountains. I have been humbled by the stories I hear along the trail and by the words I read in these blogs. I’ve been inspired to tap out a few of my own to share.
2013 is shaping up to be the year I enter, train for, and run my first 100 mile race. As a busy, working, single mother of a 12 year-old boy, the intensity of this goal is not lost on me…particularly when paired with the finicky little personal challenges I carry around in my pocket (a story for another post or 12). I believe there may be a few women (men too?) out there who will relate to my journey thus far, and the one I’m about to embark on. One thing I am learning more clearly every single day: we are not alone.
I’m incredibly grateful for that.