10 Seconds That Ended My 20 Year Marriage

4 min readFeb 16, 2022
Photo by author. Real medals from real races ran by the author’s real legs.

It’s August in Northern Virginia, hot and humid. I still haven’t showered from my morning trail run. I’m wearing my stay-at-home mom uniform — over-sized Marine Corps sweats, tshirt, Crocs flip flops, ponytail. I feel safe in this uniform. It doesn’t hug any part of my body, allowing me to hide my physical failures.


Stories of a former military wife, her flawed marriage and its ending. Questions? Lemme know at marinecorpsexwife(at)gmail(dot)com