— The evolution of me (and this blog) —
- When I created this blog (June 2010) I was going on Month 10 of being unemployed since graduating from the best university on Earth. (Best is relative, right?) I was living with my parents in Seattle. The blog was my 23rd birthday present to myself. It was called Quarter-Life Victory (quarterlifevictory.wordpress.com) only because another blogger had snagged Quarter-Life Crisis.
- Then, I landed a full-time job (September 2010) and put my journalism major to good use by being a general assignment reporter for two weeklies on the west side of Puget Sound. I enjoyed scooping the local daily and talking to new people and sharing their stories. But, I missed my emerald city with its skyscrapers, traffic, parks — and of course, I missed my friends and family.
- Later on, (April 2012) I started a new job in clinical research at a Seattle hospital. No, I didn’t have any medical experience what-so-ever but took on this new challenge.
- 2013 was a good year for racing. I attained a 5K, half-marathon and marathon PR all in this year! However, I guess all that running caught up to me because in the fall of 2013, I was going though some physical therapy for an IT band injury. (This was my first ever running injury). I took time off and it paid off. I was back to racing toward the beginning of 2014.
- Since I am no longer at the quarter-life stage of my life, I decided (on June 10, 2014) to change the name of my blog. Now we have Ready, set, KO!
- And, after about three years in the clinical research field, I moved on to a new job in marketing (June 2015) where I work with great people for a wonderful organization.
- But, back to running … I completed my first ultra marathon, a 50K, towards the beginning of 2016. And then I had my sights on finally breaking 4 hours at the road marathon in June but instead got a stress fracture on the side of my knee. I somehow completed the marathon (not knowing I had a stress fracture) and have been out from running since August. It’s been a dark time for me.
Recurring topics in this blog include (but are not limited to) running and training for marathons, my travels and the awesome and strange people in my life. Or, it may just be all about me!
And, my name is Kristin O. (Hence, Ready, Set KO!)
Thanks for stopping by!