Running is the thing that makes me feel alive. Bizarrely, I am never more relaxed than when I run. Running makes me feel strong and confident and alive.
I didn’t take running seriously until I was an adult. My journey to running was unexpected, to say the least. At the age of 17, I suffered a traumatic brain injury and nearly died. At 23, I graduated college, became a teacher, and moved to West Africa. At 24, I returned to the United States and became a freelance writer. Each of those was an adventure worthy of a book.
I began running in 2010, at the age of 27. One mile became 5k, 5k became 10k, and 10k became a half marathon. I’m now looking toward running a full marathon.
I began this website soon after I began running. I’ve been a writer much longer than I’ve been a runner, and writing was natural. I feel like such an unlikely runner that it seems necessary to document this journey.
You can find my professional writing website at melindamusil.com.