Why I Run

Why I Run

People ask me why I love to run and the first thing that pops out of my mouth is “I can!”. In 1997, I had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and was rushed into surgery in less than 48 hours.

I lost a lot of my abilities from that surgery, including walking. I first began stumbling around the hospital ward, then the treadmill until I got to jogging for more than five minutes at a time without hanging on. I figured it took me 5 years to finally achieve running outside but then a whole new gambit of problems with my eyes occurred. I don't think people know the challenges I am faced with my eyes - double vision, photosensitivity, no depth perception, inability to adjust to dark or light well, objects are constantly moving up and down and each eye moves at a different rates.

Through all of this process I didn’t make time to have my own family. My mom and dad were my family. They pushed me, they motivated me, and they got me walking everyday even when I tried all the whiny manipulations I knew of. I run because of my mom and dad.

I was born and raised in Winnipeg but moved to Alberta in 1994 to teach. The surgery was completed in Calgary. Most of my rehab was also in Alberta, but I still continue to this day.

I tried teaching a year later but realized it was over my head and had to leave for good, returning back to Winnipeg in 2000. I don’t work anymore, but I volunteer quite a bit: Cancer Care, YMCA, CNIB, VON, and I spend time cooking, baking, gardening, sewing for the home and reading.

The main reason I got into running was because of a woman at the gym convinced me. In January of 2002 she talked me into running the half marathon. She showed me a running schedule off the internet and I thought “why not?

There I was on Father’s Day running the half marathon. I was so scared and excited at the same time. I crossed the finish line and I was hooked for good! Now I have completed some 10km. races and other half marathons. I ran one full marathon in 2004 and it will stay as my one full marathon. That was too much running for my liking so I’ll stick to 10kms and half marathons! I am a slow runner as 1:57 is my best half marathon time so far. I say so far because I plan on running more.

There are too many benefits to running I receive but the one thing that I never realized I would benefit from is that is helps me feel confident. I love being outside in the sunshine watching small animals as I slowly fly by or if I’m lucky I get to see deer. There is something really therapeutic about the outdoors. Another wonderful benefit is that I get to meet other runners. We will most likely be socializing with bagels and oranges in one hand and coffee in the other, excitement is in the air-life is good. We are all there because of running and having something in common with people is a wonderful feeling.

Story posted: May 2011 

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