About Me (Ren)

Running the Dark Side of the Moon is a way for me to document my focus on mindfulness while preparing for a full marathon in Surrey, England on September 11, 2011.

I am a 45 year-old woman and not the kind who will make statements like I'm turning 29 for the 16th time. I'm proud of (most of) what I have done with my life since I turned 29. I wouldn't disown those years any more than I would disown my two teenage boys.

In the last 16 years I have been a student, worked as a freelance writer and editor, a massage therapist,  yoga instructor, teacher and translator. I helped found a humanitarian organization. I worked with the latter long enough to realize that working against politics means eventually working with politics.

I have a vested interest in mental health issues and (reasonable) holistic approaches to life. I don't believe in magic: not magic-thinking, magic-words, magic-shoes etc.  I'm trying to improve my nutrition and exercise habits without becoming an amateur scientist. 

Why do I run? 

Halfway into the second year of my doctorate studies I realized that, if I were to have suddenly become paralyzed from the waist down, my life would not have changed dramatically. I figured that had to be some kind of sin.

One evening I pushed a finger against the flesh on my calf and hit bone. I figured that I had some horrible degenerative muscle disease.

So I started started running. In March of 2011, I went minimal and barefoot and have never felt healthier. 

The month I turned 45, I handed in my published thesis. And on my birthday I ran my first race.

My main online presence is here.