When I was in grade 11, I joined the cross-country team and absolutely hated it. 15 minutes into our warm up and I was already gasping furiously for air and was ready to give up. However, Mr. Jones, our coach, never let us stop to walk. “If you are tired, keep running but run slower. Run at your own pace, but don’t stop running.”

Even though my thick thighs were burning by the end of the 45 minute trail run, I always felt so good afterwards – a feeling of accomplishment and victory.

Running was put on hold during the early years of university and I lived the typical life of a student – one full of unhealthy snacks, countless allnighters, and rare moments of exercise. It wasn’t until my 3rd year when I felt like I needed to change my habits.

I started getting back into running but this time I loved it even more. After testing out different running paths, I discovered that my favourite runs are the ones in forest trails since the elevation and environment were always changing. I also discovered my motivations for running which, ranged from feeling fit to losing weight to even competing against my friends. Finally, I felt more alive and renewed. That feeling of accomplishment after a run was brought back into my routine and life just felt pretty, darn good.

If you need tips on getting started to run, feel free to shoot me a message! I’d be more than happy to steer you into the right direction, talk to you about running, or even become your next running partner! I want to spread the joy of running and help people see the value and benefits of such an awesome activity.

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