I consider myself to be a lone runner. Of near 2.000km I ran in 2017 the vast majority of it was on my own. It can be difficult to organize a running partner who has similar skill and goals so for this reason I generally run alone. Although I find myself running alone most of the time, the social aspect of the sport is one thing that continually draws me toward the sport, especially for someone who grew up in a pool.
It was a chance encounter in March 2015 at the "zsalona" on Cherni Vrah that sparked further interest in the sport. I found myself sitting across the table from a pair of runners. Onewas wearing a Boston Marathon shirt and it turns out we used to live across the street from each other back in Boston. He and his friend suggested that I try to run some of the Trail Series (Bulgarian) races that are held around Sofia every month. My first Trail Series was less than spectacular as it was at the Simeonovo Run 12k, which has arguably one of the steepest climbs I've come across.
The Trail Series introduced me to the Sofia's running community and the people that inspire me everyday. In the fall of 2015 I moved to Sofia and soon started attending events held by BEGACH, 5km Run (Bulgarian) and Wednesday Night Runs. Recently as I've been getting back into running post injury, I have been running with groups and friends more regularly. I want to work to keep that up in the future and to share more adventures with friends and I urge all other runners out there to do the same!