Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as a runner, let alone an obstacle course enthusiast. Although my adventures as a runner began 3 years ago, I’m now the person that my friends turn to for advice on running and obstacle course races. That feels fucking FANTASTIC!
Let me start at the beginning, a few years ago I was married. Like most marriages, it didn’t work out. After 16 years of being with the same person I realized that I had no idea who I was. Everything had been about us for so long that I lost myself in the process. I couldn’t even remember what I was passionate about. I had run for years on and off but it never felt like something I wanted to do. It felt like something I had to do. When my ex and I separated, I got focused on running; I didn’t want to end up drinking my way through that rough patch of my life. All of a sudden it hit me. I was and am the happiest when I’m running. I’m elated when I have to climb a wall and go through an obstacle just to have that medal placed around my neck. There it was! My passion! It had always been there. I just couldn’t see it. Sometimes when you’re fighting just to be happy in your life you lose sight of what is important to you.
When all the drama of divorce was over I decided that I would do more for myself. It may sound selfish but there comes a point in your life when it has to be about you. That is the stage of my life that I’m in. I’m taking full advantage of it. I had done so many challenges here in the States that it was time to take it to the next level. This is where the running abroad comes in. Last year was Scotland, Ireland, France and England. I did a lot of running through those beautiful countries. I ran my first marathon. I also found out that I don’t really like full marathons. A year later I now am looking forward to July 31st. I arrive into Dublin on the 31st. I’ve registered to run the Dublin Rock `n’ Roll half marathon, because quite frankly I don’t think I ever want to do a full again. Give me OCR’s anytime. I will be in Ireland for 6 days; from there I hit Berlin, Brussels and Amsterdam. I will be out of the country for a little under a month. Although, I will only be running one official event, I will run daily taking in the beauty of each country and posting pictures to my facebook page.
Although divorce is not a positive thing, for me it helped me get to the journey I’m in today. I have found myself again and am the happiest I’ve ever been. Now the challenge is to find someone to travel with. I’ve met some wonderful people in my travels but often find myself exploring on my own. I would love to put together a tour with other runners (single ones are always a plus). As I write this I’m thinking that I can’t wait until I figure out where I will go next year. Maybe some of you may decide to join me. That would be AWESOME!
Not sure if this will help anyone, if by chance it does. I won’t feel so bad spilling my guts out to you all. Until next time.
Yoko the Fearless Runner