Run an ultra, climb mountains, push through pain? For years I just assumed I wasn’t strong enough, brave enough, tough enough. Doing things that were really hard took a different type of people – or so I thought.
Lianne van Dijk
“Are you alone?” The owner of the hut is looking over my shoulder as if he’s expecting another person to emerge from the mountains. I tell him that I am in fact alone, for today. I don’t know why I add those two words – for today – and I spend the rest of the climb wondering why I said that.
Unlike many other runners, my running journey didn’t start with a race. When I started training for my first 5k and 10k, I didn’t have a particular finish line in mind. All I wanted was to be able to cover that distance on my own two feet.