Here’s my story:
A few years ago my husband, Bill, and I set our minds to running a marathon on every continent. When we started, I was a reluctant runner who found the long hours of training difficult and boring. But over the years, I’ve grown to appreciate and even love running on the trails near my home in Bellingham, Washington. Sometimes I run alone, sometimes with Bill, and occasionally with my Boston Terrier, Fuji.
Over the years, running has become a great teacher and the marathon has become a significant metaphor for me. The marathon teaches a person to plan, to dream, to push, to admire unlikely people, to give up on perfectionism, and to accept life as it is. It can give us a model in miniature of how to build a life. In marathoning, I’ve enriched my inner life and pushed myself to my own limits.
Everyone needs to find his or her own way to make a commitment to growth and authenticity. I’ve done it, in part, through running, traveling and challenging myself. Anyone who knew me in my twenties would have never guessed that running would become a central organizing factor in my life. But here I am.
You can read about my journey in my book Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents. And for my next act, follow me as I work on hitting 50 marathons in all 50 states before I turn 50 (in 2017)!