About me

Facts: 51, female, Canadian, married to a skinny Swiss guy, cat owner, teacher, slow runner (jogger).

Background: I grew up on the Miramichi in a small village that I still call home. After graduating with a business degree from UNB, I worked for a while and then quit my job to become a traveling-teacher.  Over the past 20 years I have worked in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and Oman. I have taught ABCs in kindergarten to international negotiations at university.  Teaching has allowed me to see the world, stay poor and enjoy life!

Running:  Initially, running was a way to drop a few extra kilos that I had put on over the last decade, keep it off and stay healthy. I wanted to jog for 20 minutes and try a 5K for fun. My first goal was to complete a couple of 5K races which I did. Somewhere along this journey I became a runner.  I completed my first official 10K in 2012 and my second in 2014.  My current goals are to  improve my 5K  and 10K times and eventually move on to the  half marathon.

Blogging: I noticed on the cool running website that many fellow runners of all levels had a running blog to track their progress, discuss running and keep them motivated. It seemed like a good idea. So, I signed up for a free blog at wordpress.com.  and began blogging about my life as a runner.

Location: I  started this blog while living in a  rural town called Ibri in northeastern Oman.  Ibri is the capital of the  Dhahirah Region and is located not far from Al Ain (UAE) and the Empty Quarter (Saudi Arabia).  Many of my early posts are about running and life in the Middle East.

I returned to my hometown in eastern Canada  in July 2012 with the plan of staying the winter and looking for work. Surviving my first winter in Canada in over 20 years proved challenging. In fact, it convinced me to look for another job in a warmer destination.  I was determined not to spend another winter there and in late October 3013 I returned to the sunshine of Nizwa, Oman.

Now, after two years in Oman I am back in Canada. I am not sure how long I will last this time.

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31 responses to “About me

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Coincidentally, I did some research on Miramichi a few months ago for a regional development unit as part of my graduate diploma. Amazing that you run in the Oman heat! Summer is coming here and I will have to start getting up very early to avoid the heat. Best of luck achieving your running goals!

  2. Thanks for reading my post! I am new to the blogging world, so any advice will do! Can’t wait to get to know your blog!

  3. Thanks for visiting Slow Happy Runner! What amazing places you get to run in. Good luck with that sub-60 minute 10K!

  4. I’m going for my first 3k funrun this July and I’m training for it. I haven’t run in over 15 years. I found you over at Cee’s and I’ll be following you, this is an inspirational blog you have here for newbie runners like me.
    Regards,
    Mary

  5. Thanks for dropping by! Looks like we used to be neighbours when you lived in Oman.

  6. thanks for stopping by my site! good luck with your training!

  7. Hey there – I just wanted to say thanks for swinging by my site. It’s always nice to meet other runners. Best of luck with your training!

  8. Thank you for passing by my new blog and following. I will put some pics up of what it looks like here when I run! I’m no way a professional but have been running for years and years. I started 12 years ago to vent my fury at my ex and mother of my child! And have been at it ever since-I love it and this is the main reason for me to do it (the fitness gain is an positive bonus though!)

  9. Hi. Just dropped by to say hello and thank you for being the first to like my blog. Its great to get to know another runner and since we’re living in the same region, perhaps we’ll cross path at a running event one day (haven’t done any yet). Heard there’s a 10km run – January 2013 in Dubai and aiming for it if I’m still in Bahrain by then.

    • For now I am staying in Canada for a few months but may head back to the Middle East in the winter. There are quite a few races in the UAE so you should be able to find one there for your first race.

  10. Impressive ‘About’. I love success stories. Good luck with your “k”‘s 🙂
    Thank you for dropping by my blog.

  11. Congratulations! I admire the people who do so many things in life!

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog and congratulating me on my 5k! Good luck with your 10k this summer! I just registered for an 8k this July. Can’t wait!

  13. Hi. just wanted to hop over and say thank you for taking the time to visit my photo and click “like.” I wish you God -speed in your running endeavors. It just so happens that the friend who made that gingerbread house is also very interested in running. He has run in one marathon, and runs a good deal on his own on a regular basis. I’m a “walker” myself, and he makes fun of me. But for me, it works. Blessings on you.
    Sandra

  14. Hi ruralrouterunner, just dropping by to say, thanks for visiting my site. Have a great day! 🙂

  15. Hello! Thanks so much for your comment – I just got set up on WordPress yesterday, and have lots to do! One look at your site has spurred me on to sort out my “widgets” tonight!! I’m jealous of your early morning runs in Oman – how lovely! We’re just heading into what’s forecast to be a very severe winter in the UK 😦 If you ever manage to take a camera out with you, I’d love if you could send me a photo from sunrise in Oman. Enjoy!

  16. Hi I have left you a message at the end of my post on my blog. I hope you pick it up OK. Havea good day? 🙂

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