Races: So many stories out there!

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As I went for a run on Sunday morning with the lovely and talented Tania Frechette, we ran into and along the Army Run course. It was nice to see so many people out there challenging themselves and enjoying the outdoors.

We got to see a few different groups of runners, from the front runners, to the middle-of-the-packers to run-walkers. They were all in the same race but they all came from different backgrounds and come into the race with different goals.

Just looking back at some of my races, every gun start represented something different. I still remember my first 5k where I thought I was going fast (I wasn’t) but the real goal was not to die. There was also my first half marathon that I ran with my brother. I wasn’t sure I could do it and 21.1k never felt so long. But I did it and it wasn’t that bad.

There are some truly great stories out there like the amputee who ran his first half at a recent rendition of the Army Run. Or the person who lost his friend to cancer and ran to raise funds for a cure. What about the ageless wonder running his 20th straight edition of the Ottawa Race Weekend. Or something as simple as a new mother who wanted to drop her baby weight and picked a race as a motivation. It’s all motivation to me!

Yes, ChiRunning has really changed the way I run, and the way I look at races. Let’s just say the experience is a bit more positive these days and my body is a tad happier. But every race still holds something different, even if I’ve done that distance before a few times.

Wanna share a story about one of your races?

Something else to think about when you’re racing. Some wise guy did a quick top 5 tips to help the earth when you’re racing (and everyday really).

2 Responses to Races: So many stories out there!

  1. I have done a handful of half-marathons, in fact, this year it was my second Army Half Marathon; however, this one was different.

    On Friday night before the race, my sweetheart of 6 years got on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I, of course, said YES!

    On Sunday, we ran our first half marathon together as fiancés. It was also my fiancé’s first half marathon ever. We had such a blast together on the race, creating one of our first memories as bride and groom to be.

    Running a race has always been a great metaphor for life/relationships/work/school, and most of all marriage. Nothing is easy in life, some parts of it is fun and comes easy, but at some points we have to work hard and push forward even if we are tired.

    Alain and I, hand-in-hand, crossed the finish line together, symbolizing our lifelong commitment to each other.

    And the best part… I did my personal best! Just another sign that Alain only brings out the best in me!

  2. ecinc says:

    That is awesome! How are you gonna top that? Haha…

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