If you’re a regular reader, you’ve met me, and you know a few (or a lot of) things about me. But today, I have a lot of new and special visitors from the Blog Hop, so I’ll (re)introduce myself. And whether this is your 1st or 21st time on my page, I hope you’ll like what you see and come back often.
So why Runwright? And what’s this blog about?
My first name is Karen, not Run, although I find it hilarious and motivational and all around awesome when people call me Runwright in real life or online. (I think it means you’ve read my blog and it made an impact. That’s why I write.)
The full name of the blog is Eat Right, Live Right, Run Wright. (The last part is a play on my name). I believe that everything is connected so I started the blog to talk about how running would impact and be impacted by the other aspects of my life.
I live in New York City but at heart, I’m still a country girl from Jamaica. That’ll never change. I’m the quiet but opinionated ambivert, the one who’s content reading for hours, loves fancy dinner parties with friends and when I go running, it’s like I can’t or don’t want to stop.
I like to sit in the audience at life-coaching seminars but one of my greatest joys is leading out in church and mentoring my group of teenagers. I really enjoy good food but I’m picky with some of the foods I eat. I have natural hair and love to see a well-maintained Afro even if I almost never let my fro go. I have a lot of goals and ambitions but my biggest challenge is procrastination.
I write about all of it – the workouts, the challenges I’m always signing up for to help me on my fitness path, the food, the journey to lose some of these pounds that (feels like they) followed me home from a few awesome dinners a few years ago, my goals and what I’m doing to achieve them, the things and the people who inspire me, the obstacles that make it hard to incorporate that inspiration… you’ll find all of that on this blog.
I share what I experience and what I learn because I hope it might help someone else waste a little less time finding out how to deal with something. And I share so if you’re going through something similar, you’ll know you’re not alone.
I also blog about books. I’ve always been a big reader. Now I’m a professional reader/reviewer and I share my opinions and recommendations on books that I think will help others.
Speaking about books, I also write my own – I write fiction, poetry, articles and I have a book of short stories coming out in a couple weeks and two novels in the works.
I’m a Chemical Engineer which means I have an analytical mind and most of the arguments … er, discussions … that I have, are because I won’t allow the wool to be pulled over my eyes and I make an inquiry that the other person doesn’t expect. Because of my background, I love designing systems and looking for new methods to increase efficiency. But back to running. I’ve always liked to run. When I was a child, I had a heart murmur and wasn’t allowed to run competitively so as an adult, I’m trying to make up for lost time.
My favorite running routes are the Central Park loop and running along the Hudson River on the West Side highway – sometimes, it gets lonely there so on early mornings or late evenings, I prefer to bike that route instead of run it.
My longest race thus far has been a half marathon but I’m intent on running the NYC Marathon in 2016. I’ve said it before in prior years, but I realize now that was just talk because I haven’t trained consistently enough to run a marathon before. In this coming year, I intend to change that. This time, I’ve moved from talking to acting. I’ve signed up already for the 2016 marathon so right now, I am just working on running consistently through the fall and winter so I can start the training plan in April. Challenges help me get past the inertia and help me get to the next level.
Two of the challenges I am doing this month are:
- Planksgiving – I am up to day 15 and I’m able to hold 90 second planks (!) and it’s encouraging me to keep doing it.
- NaNoWriMo – I started working on a new novel on November 1st and I’ve already written 25K words. The main character is a little like me (well, a younger me) so it’s fun writing an alternative version of what my life might have been a few years ago.
A few other posts you might enjoy:
- My love list
- 5 things I’m never doing again
- 21 questions I get asked often
- My best friend
- The color of my glasses