The blog that started the “slow happy” way of living is Slow Happy Runner. That blog was and is a place for LKS (that’s me) to blog about grieving, running, and going on with my life after losing my husband to cancer.
I started running on a treadmill in 2008 as I was finishing my PhD in Human and Organizational Systems. I was ten pounds overweight and had “touchy” feet that made walking uncomfortable, but I was determined to start. When my husband became ill, I ran to release stress, find “me” time, and gain the courage to keep going on with my life.
Five years later I have completed
six eight nine ten half marathons and one full marathon. I have competed in three four states and two countries. I have slowly and steadily improved, but I still think of myself as a Slow Happy Runner and expect that I always will. Taking my inspiration from John “the Penguin” Bingham, I am convinced that the real victory is simply finding the courage to start.
Here are links to LKS’s prior blog posts about some of the races I have run so far:
Palm Springs half marathon, Palm Springs, CA: February 12, 2012
North Olympic Discovery half marathon, Port Angeles, WA: June 3, 2012
Victoria Goodlife Fitness half marathon, Victoria, BC: October 7, 2012.
Whidbey Island half marathon, Oak Harbor, WA: April 14, 2013.
North Olympic Discovery half marathon, Port Angeles, WA: June 2, 2013
Victoria Goodlife Fitness Marathon, Victoria, BC: October 13, 2013.
North Olympic Discovery half marathon, Port Angeles, WA: June 1, 2014.
We’ll use this page to continue to post links to LKS’s running-related blog posts and other running-oriented sites.