My Running Story
I started running regularly in early 2015 with a couch to 5K app, it was to primarily above all meet goals in fitness for myself and my family, enjoy something that got me outside year round and to develop a hobby that continually challenged me to do better.
In the time since 2015 I have learned to run not just 5K but 10K and most recently the Half-Marathon by myself and in races large and small throughout the Ottawa area. There was a time when I wasn't sure I would make it to 5K and I pushed on and succeeded. When the weather turned cold and I thought I was going to have to stop for the winter I pushed on through the ice and snow and thrived. When the heat of a hot humid summer this year wore down my enthusiasm I pushed on and built my stamina and endurance.
When I thought I reached the peak of my pace/speed abilities I pushed on and became faster. Each time the challenge presented itself I paused and took it as not the end but the next step forward and was rewarded for it. This is what running has taught me in life and fitness, what I enjoy sharing through my photos and stories and why I am always excited to run.
Since deciding that I needed to change my life and get fit in 2015 I've lost 75lbs, become stronger and healthier and feel confident that I will be able to watch my young children grow up, be able to keep up with them and be most of all there when they are ready to help them enter the world on their own.
Early in 2016 as I realized I simply enjoyed running more than I thought possible I started to think about running in organized races, it wasn't something that I thought I would like at first but that quickly changed. Being in a crowd of hundreds or thousands, with runners from around the world facing a singular goal to run for the finish is an experience that can not be easily replicated in life or other sports. Even in heat and rain people stand at the line and together take the challenge of time and distance, there are smiles, encouragement and crowds watching and it is thrilling.
Through personal stories, photos, reviews, articles and more I hope to demonstrate that even after many years of not exercising regularly that someone like myself in their late thirties can meet the challenges running presents and be greatly rewarded physically, mentally and emotionally by it.