“Running is my romance. It’s how I fell in love with life…”
Hey there! My name is Charlotte. I’m currently living in San Francisco after living in NYC for six years before that. I created this blog to connect with the blogging community, document my running/training for races, highlight my travel adventures, and of course, share the random shenanigans that take place in my day-to-day. Between my busy city life, the roller-coaster that is my 20’s, my weirdo friends and wonderful family, there’s never a dull moment here!
My running story in a nutshell
My running story isn’t too different from most other runners. But to me, it’s very unique and personal, and my journey to becoming the runner I am today is one of the proudest accomplishments of my life.
I was born and raised in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York, and so I’ve always been drawn to the outdoors and being active. My main sport growing up was swimming, and after I dropped that, I started take on running for fun (and for vanity reasons, I must admit) in late high school.
My wonderful family – I am a middle child!
The first time I ran, I could hardly finish half a mile. I thought to myself I could literally NEVER like running. After a few years of on-and-off running and building my way to 1 mile, then 2, then 5…I decided to take the plunge and sign up for a half marathon in college.
My first half marathon was everything I thought it would be, and more. I loved everything about training: how it got out of bed in the morning, how each week felt like a miracle that I could run a little more than the previous one, and how I ultimately accomplished something I never thought I could. I loved having time to myself every day think through tough things clearly, unwind, and ride whatever high or low came with the run.
A year later, I ran my first marathon. Let’s just say it changed my life :). Pounding those miles got me through some difficult times: running helped me find strength I didn’t know I had during bad break ups; it was a constant in my life when I was uncertain about my future (20’s sure are filled with lots of changes!); and most importantly, it taught me the valuable lesson that I am enough. Running became way more than just a way to fit in those skinny jeans. It was how I felt strong, courageous, and constantly inspired.
Since my first marathon, I’ve run five more. I’ve also tapped into my swimming base and raced some triathlons and open water races. My ultimate life goal is to be an ironwoman :).
My day-to-day life
In the midst of my crazy day to day life, I absolutely love getting out of the city and spending time in nature. Now that I’m on the west coast, weekend road trips through California, visiting new parks/trails, surfing and chilling on any beach I can find are my happy spot.
Lastly, a HUGE passion of mine is seeing the world, especially solo backpacking. Some trips that have shaped my life:
Trekking through mountains in northern Thailand, riding my motorbike through rural villages in the Philippines, catching fish and cooking it over a fire with locals in Kenya, sleeping in a hammock under the stars in the Amazon Rainforest, picking coffee beans in Colombia, climbing the tallest volcano in Guatemala, learning to surf in Nicaragua, working on a farm in Ireland for a summer, backpacking through Western Europe, tackling the ring road in Iceland, road trips in the Pacific NW and California coast…
…and many MANY more adventures to come!