Monday, October 01, 2012

Walk Don't Run. Or Run. Do What Works For You.

There are a few things I know I do well, whether in my work life or home life. Organizing large events, connecting and getting buy-in for new projects, catching things tossed by a toddler before they hit the floor, baking pumpkin cookies, having eyes in the back of my head, drinking wine. One thing I know I don't do well? Committing to and continuing with an exercise or fitness routine. Rotten at it. I've done weight training, aquafit, rowing, attempted Zumba. But I haven't been able to keep up the momentum. And I always seem to need a partner or three to keep me motivated.

So, when my friend Erica announced that she was getting a team together to do the CIBC Run For the Cure, on her birthday no less, I decided this might be a good kick in the pants for me to get active again. Running appeals to me - minimal equipment, no gym membership needed, no set times to practice. And everyone I know who has tried it is hooked. Plus, if I actually joined the team, and then didn't run, I'd look like a dork in front of my friends. So there was great motivation to get out and train.

The chance to raise money for such an important cause as breast cancer research totally sealed the deal.

And if I hadn't gotten (and stayed) sick, I swear it would have happened! But that's the way life goes some times, and you have to learn to roll with the punches. So, instead of running, I walked. And I did the entire 5km without needing to use my inhaler or to stop for a rest, and did it in under an hour. I ran the last 300m or so, just because I wanted to run across the finish line.  And I am totally proud of myself, and still determined to start running. My goal now is to be able to run the whole 5km next fall. Are you with me??

This year, #TeamYMC raised almost $7800 (so far), and I'm proud to have been able to raise $400 of that, thanks to my amazing friends and family. You can still donate here if you are so inclined.

I had to laugh at the speed bump sign. SO not an issue for me.

This is one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. Things didn't quite go as planned, but I still got outside and was active on a gorgeous fall day (sun & 14C - perfect!) with an amazing group of friends. And I raised money for a cause dear to my heart. And my Little Boo saw it all and saw how important it was to me to do this, for me and for the charity. I think that's a big win in itself.

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