Friday, April 27, 2007



Hello Gang:

Well, here we are. All of the necessary footstrikes are behind us, and now you enjoy a couple of days rest before graduation day. You're all prepared, you'll all do well. Just think, our 4-month program is done - and some of you crossed your eyes in disbelief when you first saw our schedule (can't wait until you see the Tely 10 schedule!).

I can see major changes in many of you, physically and mentally since we started. Don't get too caught up in what the scale is telling you - you have greater muscle mass and less body fat compared to when you started. Chris, Dave, Shirley, Bev, Joan, Joanne and Terry have noticeably trimmed-down since we started. The rest of you were all pretty trim to begin with, so the physical change is not as easy to spot. Collectively, we're all much healthier and I'd be willing to bet you've noticed an increase in your energy levels since we started back in January. Running teaches us things about ourselves, and whether you choose to admit it or not, most of you have learned that your boundary for what you can achieve is much further than you ever thought. And who would have thought this late into our training program, I'd be at the back of the pack trying to chase you down. Go figure.

Today, your hearts are stronger, your lungs are stronger, your legs are stronger, and your minds are stronger, and this will help you out in many more ways than just running.

I look forward to cheering you home on Sunday! Just keep repeating one word in your head from start to finish..."tenacity" - that's what sets us apart.

It's a great day for a run.


Congratulations to everyone.


Hats off to all of my "running" family. I am sure we will all do each other proud on Sunday.


Wow - congrads to all of you.


I never thought I'd be doing we are.


I'll be proud to be on the finish line with all of you.

It's getting exciting!

See at you at the starting line. Let's do it!


I think everyone has thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I know I have. I look forward to getting out there each running day to train with the "crowd".
Good luck to everyone on Sunday.


Hi guys,

If someone were to have asked me six months ago about running 5 kilometres, I would have replied "you're crazy, I can't do that". But, for the past four months I have been taught you really can accomplish what you never ever thought possible. Our newly formed "Running Club" made up of an amazing group of co-workers, who would give you no other reason but to get your legs out there and put one foot in front of the other. And, believe you me, there were days when I thought I can't do this (but, who wanted to get that "Loser" flip from the group), and there were other days that I just couldn't get out there due to minor leg/knee pain (when it really felt like I was missing out, and wanted to be nowhere else but with the group). But, for me the past few weeks have been so exciting, to be encouraged in many ways by each "runner" of this group. To feel everyone's accomplishments (& pain at times!!), and to look forward to our first ever official 5K run together is truly amazing. To Mr. Lawlor, who was, on a number of times, my driving force (especially during our speed day in the front of the building) he stuck beside me giving me his support...unfortunately, he won't be out actually running with us, but we all know he will be there in thought, every step of the way....there's always next time Ray...just get better and hurry back.

Thanks to each member of the Running Club...and, good luck on Sunday!!!


There is nothing left for me to say. You don't even understand how much I brag about our running team to my family and friends.


I feel sooooo lucky to be part of such a great group of

Yer the best!

See you all at the finish line on Sunday!


Hi gang,

I feel sad I won't be with you to participate in your first official race but my thoughts and best wishes are with you.

Good luck and most of all, enjoy. See you Sunday morning

It's a great day for a run!

I can't wait for Sunday. It will be very emotional.

See you all there.


Saturday, April 21, 2007

Running as therapy...


I've been running for a few years now and while I've had my fair share of injuries, both running and non-running ones, I've also experienced some wonderful "highs" over the past several months. Ironically, my greatest moment in running came last weekend, while injured.

I can clearly recall the first time I was able to run for a mile without stopping. After that, running for 30 minutes was a milestone, then 60 minutes, and who can forget completing his first race? But last week, I experienced a thrill so great, that I don't know if I will ever be able to top it again, but just the chance that I might, keeps me in love with this sport.

Our Running Club met last Sunday morning for our usual 8:30 jaunt. Due to a back problem, I was resigned to a slow limp while the others had 50 minutes of running on their agendas - the longest run yet for the Club.

My walking route and the route chosen by the runners took us in different directions. I wanted to be back at the finish area in time to watch them come in, so I walked out for 25 minutes and turned around and made my way back, not sure what I might find as the others began to run in. The course they selected was hilly, and the weather was cold and extremely windy - conditions that would take the good out of any runner.

A few minutes after getting back to where we had all started, I could see the first two runners in the group coming toward the finish, then a couple more behind them, and few more behind those two. Everyone made it in, reaching the 50-minute goal and when these people finish a run, they're like children on Christmas morning, eagerly sharing their experiences amongst each other, smiles as broad as can be.

As I made my way through the group high-fiving them for their efforts and results, I came across Bev, and before I could ask her how she found it, she held up her watch to my face, showing off the 53:09 it displayed, and excitedly asked me "Can you believe it?"

Nothing this group does surprises me. Our Club's mantra has been "never, ever give up" and while each one of us has faced a bad day or two, we've always bounced back the next time with a strong effort. Club members have gone from questionning their ability to run for 2 minutes without stopping, to becoming a little agitated when we're only scheduled to run an easy 15.

Our Running Club has provided me with my greatest running moments to date. I've received many emails from each of them marveling at individual and collective accomplishments. Next Sunday marks the first ever race for most of them, a 5-K, and they're all ready for it - should be a special day.

And yes Bev, I can believe it.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Designated cheerleader...


It's funny how things work out sometimes.

Just the other day I was thinking how I didn't have much time to write in my blog, what with work commitments, my training for the half marathon in May, and our new Running Club. After last week, writing time will no longer be in short supply.

Last Tuesday, I ran some sprints with our Running Club and ended up tweaking a hamstring in the process. When I woke up Wednesday morning, the driveway was covered in a blanket of wet snow so I limped outside to clear it away. If I could take back any part of my life and do it again, it would be the thirty seconds that followed.

In an effort to favour my wonky hamstring, I loaded up the shovel and deliberately lifted with my back to save my injured leg from further aggravation and a longer recovery period. The end result was a "de-located" sacroiliac joint, a bunch of chiropractic appointments, and weeks of inactivity. No joke, nearly two weeks after the injury occurred, I'm still not able to drive my car.

This morning, in effort to show myself that I was not that far from running, I got on the treadmill for a little walk. The end result was an eleven-minute quarter mile and the realization that I'm done training for a while. The good news is, the other 15 members of our running club are still going strong so I'll live vicariously through them for the next several weeks, after all, what choice do I have.

The weeks ahead will be tougher than any training program I've ever followed, as I try to stay in shape and keep weight off with limited mobility and virtually no ability to burn calories. These are the moments when you have to be headstrong and commit to coming back ready to resume training - I've targeted May 6th for a return.

For now then, I'll be the designated cheerleader encouraging co-workers and family members taking part in a couple of different events over the next month or so.

And to think, this all could have been avoided if I'd only taken the snowblower out of the shed.

Live and learn.