Its RUN time!

Rob JenIn January one of the goals I set was that I would complete a second marathon & better my 2008 time of 3:59:11. I registered for the August Edmonton marathon and that is to be my race this year.

Rob Jen Robbie

I’m not sure what’s happened, but we are nearing the end of May and since the start of April I have already raced in 2 MEC 15km events, the EPH half, a NorthFace Endurance Marathon Relay in New York state and completed a Sport Course 5 Peaks trail run. I guess its as we say at November Project #raceeverything, and there are so many great opportunities to race in Edmonton. The running culture is so strong!

Jen Sean Chris

This past weekend Chris Tse and I had the honour of running 29km alongside Sean Wingrave as he ran 85km from Leduc to Camrose in his Really Long Run to End MS. Sean’s a 38 year old dad who lives with MS and he set a goal to run Day 1 of the MS Bike ride to raise $20000. This was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had the opportunity to participate in. Sean’s determination and strength are inspirational and hearing his daughter’ sweet voice cheering “Go Daddy Go” as he sprinted towards his family at the end was a moment that I will never forget.

One of my favorite running events will happen at the end of this week – the Hope Mission Kids in Action 5K. This will be the best 5km I will run this year! Partnered with a child who’s been training since the fall, I will get to cheer, coach, encourage and simply witness pure joy, elation and pride.

I was falling out of love with running last fall, discouraged by my performances and lacking the motivation to train harder. This spring I have enjoyed registering in events and racing to get closer to my past performances. I am in a good place mentally and physically to train and tackle that marathon (and the other events that have somehow populated my calendar). But, it is this past weekend and the upcoming one that remind me why it is I love to run.Jen

Running is for everyone. Running brings people together. Running has the ability to build a community.

I love to run!

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