I never really considered myself to be an “athlete” growing up. I participated in many different extracurricular activities from piano to dance and soccer to cheerleading (including a short stint in ’01 and ’06 as a “Felion” on the BC Lions CFL ‘cheer team’). I ran my first ever 10km (Vancouver Sun Run) in high school and first half marathon (BMO Vancouver) in 2007.
Running and I have become better and better friends as time goes on. There are few other cardio activities that burn as many calories and provide that ‘endorphin high’ within a short period of time. I like the fact that you can essentially run anywhere, anytime – no need for a net, ball or the weather to be perfect. Vancouverites are also fortunate to train in a temperate climate with plenty of parks, trails and seawall access.
Here is a bit of a visual recap from running events over the past few years:
This year, I finally reached a goal that I have been working towards for the past 3 years. Here’s a blurb on: My Most Memorable Marathon
All of these led to my personal best marathon time of 3:29:49, which means I’m pretty much guaranteed to be able to participate in the 2016 Boston Marathon. With patience, commitment and dedication, anything is possible!