My running career started many years ago… I would say my first interest in the sport was in grade 3 when we started to do cross country in elementary school. It became quite apparent that I could beat (most) of the boys at this whole running thing. I really enjoyed this new found talent and so kept up with it.
I can still remember my mom telling me when I was in grade 4 or so that when I was in grade 7 and 8 that I would not be allowed to run because it just seemed ‘too hard’ on the older girls bodies. Turns out that these girls were not properly trained and luckily my mom lifted her restrictions. I cannot imagine my life without running so I am so thankful for this… and I think she is too.
I ran cross country and track throughout elementary school and had quite a bit of success winning or coming top three in every race I entered. My first big lesson in running came in grade 8. My very supportive parents decided they would take me to the meet one above the all school go meet. This was a few weeks after the main cross country season was over, so I had not bothered to continue training. I quickly learned this is not the way to go about running. I promised my dad after that race that I would never run another race without properly preparing for it… I have kept this promise.
That is one of the things I love about running. It is always teaching me new things about myself and life in general. Along with showing me I always have a little more too give. Until next time keep running!!!
GOODLUCK to everyone running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront marathon and half marathon… See you on the start line!