Back in 2001, I took the step to move from the greater Seattle area to the relatively small town of Roskilde Denmark. I didn’t speak a word of Danish and was only a student but had found a viking worth moving around the world for. After years hard work, we now with our 3 children and small dog in a yellow brick house on Roskilde Fjord. A lot of what I like to write about is about running and my life here in Denmark as an expat mom among the vikings.
Running is not something I always liked. In fact, I was peer pressured into my first race in May 2012. There, I said it. Peer pressured into a 5K. I had just changed jobs and my new co-workers were doing a 5K together. I hadn’t ever ran unless chased and never enjoyed it. Count on top of that that I was about 10kg overweight, stressed and had not been doing other exercise in months. This 5K seems insurmountable. I decided that this was something I should try to do, but at think at about kilometre 3, I started considering cutting the course and at around kilometre 4 I started debating if I was going to pass out. I did finish in 35 minutes, about 8 minutes slower than my slowest co-worker who was also a bit older than me. I think that this was when I decided that I had to do something about my fitness and and weight. I stopped eating a lot of junk food and sugar and started running around my neighbourhood. At this point, I still didn’t like running, but running was something I could fit in my schedule when I had a little window of time. Slowly the woman who couldn’t run a 5K in in May worked her way up to a half marathon in September… and enjoyed it.
… and then a second….
…and suddenly I like running. And it was always easy to fit some running shoes and clothes in my bag when I travel for work.
Somewhere along the way, running became this thing I like to do. During pregnancy, travels, busy schedules, etc. it has been there. So that’s what this blogs about. My adventures – mostly running – but also random other stuff that comes up along the way.