I will be participating in my first TNT event on October 18, 2015! While I always enjoyed being active and staying fit, I was never really much of a runner growing up; it always seemed too daunting to me. Being a cancer survivor has reminded me that life is too short to doubt yourself; it has reminded me of the importance of positive thinking and believing that you can achieve what you put your mind to.
Several months after I finished chemo a friend of mine introduced me to organized races as a way to get my strength back and to remember what it was like to be healthy again. I was instantly charmed, not only by the really cool finisher medals, but also by the challenge and the opportunity to try something I always told myself I couldn’t do. From a 5K to an 8K to a 10K to a 21K I have finally decided to go for the 42K and I couldn't be happier to be doing it with the Team in Training. The LLSC is an amazing organization devoted to raising funds to stop leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am participating in this event to achieve a personal goal, and prove to myself that I can do it, but I’m also participating in this event in honour of all individuals who are battling blood cancers right now so that they can soon realize their goals, dreams and aspirations too!
My best advice definitely has to be step out of your comfort zone. Talk to everyone in your contact list even if you aren’t close. Don’t just go to your family and friends but also go the company you work for, your colleagues, your hair dresser, your dentist, everyone! It is really scary to put yourself out there and ask for support but really the worst thing they will say is no and you’ll be surprised how many people say yes!
What is it about the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon that you are looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to the moment I pass over that finish line – I can’t wait for that rush!
Complete this sentence: Running has given me…
Me time! Time to think, to reflect, to be alone, time to listen to my music or just sound of my shoes hitting the pavement, running has given me time to be me. As a cancer survivor one of the most difficult things I have had to overcome is the negative thoughts and the constant worrying. When I run I use the time to organize my thoughts and banish negativity.
What do you do to keep yourself going through tough parts of a run?
Put on a good song! I think I have downloaded every running mix possible to keep my playlist fresh and upbeat for the tough parts of a run. “Right Here, Right Now” by Fat Boy Slim is one of my fav tunes to keep me going when I feel like giving up!