I’m a 36 year old Canadian human rights lawyer who discovered ultrarunning ten years ago and now my closet is filled with running shoes, rather than high heels! To steal from one of my favourite running novels, I run to ‘seek the void’ (see here).
The last few years have been rather exciting… After completing a year in Afghanistan with the UN in 2013, I took a job in South Sudan in 2014 assisting people who were displaced by violence, which required me to live in a tent in very basic conditions. That same year, I started a charity called Free to Run, which supports women and girls in areas of conflict through running and outdoor adventure. I then worked for two years in Gaza for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
After a number of years working in conflict areas, I moved to Geneva to continue my human rights work from headquarters, where I managed to get myself into more trouble there than I ever had in Kabul, Juba or Gaza! After a life-threatening accident in the mountains on 1 January 2017, I went on to have my busiest race season ever, completing six mountain ultras throughout the year.
Since March 2018, I’ve been based back in Afghanistan working for the UN and am keeping up with my training by running around an armed compound and pounding out the miles on the treadmill.
Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you’ll stick with me on my next adventure!
Please don’t forget to check out Free to Run!