Just 4-years ago I started running to escape from reality. It may sound cliched and I know so many of my friends and followers have similar stories of how running saved them.
Running provided free time, time alone to be mindful. I was a young mum, a mother of two, a nurse and somehow, I felt my world was closing in.
Running changed that!
Little did I know how running would change me and my life. Doorways opened to new adventures and experiences. Many of those adventures pushed me mentally and physically to places I never thought possible. With each journey, with each step and with each failure, I have grown.
Failure? It is a funny word. It’s so negative and a word that many fear. But I embraced it, failure is good, failure is wonderful, failure makes me (and you) grow.
I am reminded of the words of author JK Rowling, I openly admit, before running, Harry Potter and the adventures at Hogwarts where my escape. But JK wrote in Cosmopolitan Magazine:
“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”JK Rowling
So, I decided to live less cautiously. Embrace challenge and embrace failure.
Initially, I started posting on social media as a way to remind me of how far I had come. But as is often the case, sharing my story resonated with so many others and I realized that not only could I progress as an individual, but also my followers could progress and share the journey.
I was fortunate to gain the trust of Runners World Norway (here) initially blogging for them and in recent years I have had a regular column in the magazine.
I have developed as a runner, moving my own boundaries far beyond what I thought possible. I have run with snowshoes through Lapland in -40 degrees Celsius in the 220-kilometer long stage race Beyond the Ultimate Ice Ultra which I won! and I have run through the rainforest and endless sandy beaches of Costa Rica for the multi-day 230km The Coastal Challenge.
I have created my own adventures in Norway, exploring home, on foot, often with little more than spare clothes and a pack. I have met people all over the world and running has become something more, it has become a lifestyle and a way to experience the world.
I ventured to Morocco and climbed the Atlas Mountains and summited the highest peak, Toubkal, at 4,167 metres, it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, North Africa and the Arab World.
So now is the time to create this website and share more of my journeys and images. I will write in English on this blog with deeper and longer posts from races, fastpacking adventures and other thoughts I have about training, nutrition, products and motivation. My Instagram (@abelonely) account will still be the place I post my daily updates.
Any journey is best shared. Please join me on the next adventure.
I am so excited to share my new website with you!
“My biggest fear is doing the same things 10 years from now. That would be a failure. It’s something you have to constantly reassess, and asking yourself what you are going to do next makes it a good, long full journey.”George Clooney
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