The eighteen year old me would never recognize the woman I have become. She would have scoffed at me. Too obsessed in her own life, to what others thought of her and where the next party was. These days, at 32 years old, the only line I care about is the one that will get me down the mountain.
I am an ultrarunner. I was born in Poland. I have an accent. Some find it charming, some find it annoying. I own it. I live in the Midwest where many people are not use to hearing foreign accents, and for some of my friends I am their token “foreign friend.”
“I wish I could run in just a sports bra.” I’ve heard this statement or some variation countless times from women, and if you’ve ever thought this, I have some great news for you – YOU CAN!
The time spent training and getting ready for a race builds up certain expectations in us. Whether that expectation is to finish the race, land on the podium, or beat our previous time, it is hard not to go into a race with a goal or expectation.
Running is a great way to keep fit no matter where or how old you are. Those who have become life-long runners credit the sport with not only keeping their body in shape, but also, and more importantly, their mind intact.
My life drastically changed when I discovered running trails. I signed up for a half marathon in the Franklin Mountains of Texas without giving it much thought, after all I had been doing road running for a while.