What motivates Karin Okolie?

Learn about the life of a professional athlete behind the scenes

I was lucky to meet Karin Okolie through Instagram. She is a charming human with the body of a black Amazon, a smile like the sun and runs like a lion. Okolie is a professional Bulgarian athlete. Despite she is the total opposite of me (or maybe because of) I fell in love with her from the first sight. Her ambition is sports, and to me, that is as alternative as it can get. She shares bits of her life in her blog My Book of Inspirations. Karin is the only person I’ve ever met that inspires me to get up and move my lazy ass. As much as I like to keep her to myself I think it’s important more people hear her out:

Describe your relationship with running and sports in general.

I  refer to running as my mission. I believe everybody has talent in something and need to make the best out of it. To do your very best in everything you work on, should be your main goal in life.

How do you stay motivated to train 6 days per week?

Training has become a vital part of my everyday life. It is something that I am very used to, so I don’t find it that challenging to get out of bed in the morning and go to the track. Sometimes though, I feel tired, because training professionally can be hard at times. I usually think about the goals I have set. I think about running my best competition and I know that going through struggles is part of the game.

If you don’t mind, can you share some major difficulties you face as a sportswoman?

People usually think that sportswomen are not that feminine. I found it quite hard to see myself as a beautiful woman, because of my muscles and physic. I worked a lot on my personality and self-acceptance. Now I feel good in my body.

What advice would you give for people who want to start training?

Training can be extremely fun. You shouldn’t refer to it as something boring or too hard. Finding your sport can be a bit challenging, but after that, you will quickly start enjoying it. But you need to do the first step and try it.

Do you get hateful comments because you are a black Bulgarian that represents the country? 

Yes. Bulgaria is not a “black” country, you can’t see a lot of black people here, so racist comments is something common every now and then. I used to have problems with that as a child, but now I’ve grown thick-skinned. I know that hateful comments usually come from people who have some kind of self-problems or don’t know how to accept the difference between people. Either way that is their problem and will affect their lives. I appreciate myself as I am, so that kind of hate is not getting to me.

Why did you start your blog?

Because I wanted to inspire people by showing them different things. I wanted to share my point of view, my inspirations, my positivity with them. I also love writing, so these things pushed me into blogging.

Where do you want life to take  you 

I want to unfold my full potential in everything I do. At that very moment, I’m focused on sports and blogging, but life is a journey and I welcome every new possibility.


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