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.