The Nomad Runner: An Intro

By: Rachel Gibson

Hi, I’m Rachel. I’m not from Huntington (GASP!). I’m not even from West Virginia (DOUBLE GASP!). But here’s my story as it relates to Huntington, running and writing for the TriStateRacer blog:

I used to live in the Caribbean. That's right, crazy, huh? It was...crazy, that is. And tough and rewarding all at the same time. I used to blog about it daily: about how life was there compared to the States and about how difficult it was to live there and not gain a million pounds, which is what happened to me. (okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but I definitely packed a few on.)

Fast forward to the move back to the good ol' USA which segues nicely into two things: the end of my blog (because, let's face it, writing about daily life in the US for other people living the same exact life elsewhere in the US....isn't thrilling. There typically aren't iguanas running through your house in West Virginia.) as well as the start of my constant running.

While I initially started running to shed weight, it didn't take much for me to say "well, if I'm running this much, I may as well sign up for a race." And that I did. After never running more than 5 miles, I signed up for not a 5k or even a 10k. Nope, I went all out. My first race was a full marathon.

Regardless, I ran and ran...and completed my first marathon in October of 2008. Within months I had caught the bug and began signing up for more marathons. I did 5 in 2009 and 7 in 2010. This year I’m still not sure if I’m finished yet, but it’ll be either 5 or 6…I just can’t stop myself!

But this whole return to blogging thing—you see, the Caribbean was just a pit stop in my nomadic life. I’ve moved 4 more times since then, and the final stop in my travels has landed me here, in the beautiful foothills of Appalachia.

I’m finding new routes to run every day, new races to sign up for and most excitingly, a whole network of other runners in the area who are excited about this sport, enough so to have been offered a blog slot here on the ever popular tristateracer site! So here I am, sharing my passion with you from the eyes of a blogger-turned-runner-turned-running-blogger.


For more random thoughts, follow me on Twitter: @nomad_runner!

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