Monday, October 11, 2010


For us Canadians, this weekend is thanksgiving. I have had the opportunity to reflect on what I am thankful for and a big part of what I cherish in my life is due to running. The positive things that running has given me are really what I am thankful for. I love having more energy throughout the day because my morning run went well or just because the training regimen has trained my body to be ready for anything. The rush of endorphins after a hard training keep me sane even in difficult moments. The "me" space that running gives me to think things through and plan ahead is priceless. Plus the positive changes that running had brought to my body cannot be overlooked.

So I thought I'd write up on what I am thankful for, the things that motivate me to run or makes running easier:
  • Thank you to the exceptional runners that provide me inspiration such as Ray Zahab and Terry Fox.
  • Thank you to the regular Joes and Janes everywhere, running along at races and during training. Seeing you out there makes it easier for me.
  • Thank you to the online community that shares their training experiences, provides tips and tricks and makes running more social. (yes, I'm looking at you Marlene, Yumke, RoadBunner, LARunner, ChichRunner, Mel, Mel, Ray, Laurel, iRunNation, and countless others I am forgetting right now)
  • Thank you to the race sponsors, organizers and volunteers for putting out great events and to celebrate our running community.
  • Thank you to the apparel and footwear designers, engineers and retailers for making sure we are equipped with the latest and greatest to make running comfortable and safe.
  • Thank you to the National Capital Commission (NCC) and Ottawa city council for making Ottawa a city with so many parks and trails.
  • Thank you to friends and family for asking how I did with my training or at my last race. This support means the world to me.
  • Thank you for a financial situation that allows me to equip myself properly and travel to exotic and fun races.
  • Thank you for a healthy body that can take all the pounding of training and continues to deliver exceptional race results.
  • Last but not least, thank you to my dedicated lover Alex. He puts up with my hissy fits, finicky nutrition schedules, pre-race anxiety and long training hours. I couldn't do it without you.
Training this week was my biggest week ever with almost 104km. Not only did I have an out of plan 5k race to up my weekly mileage but I used an opportunity on Sunday to take a lead on next week's training since the week will be extremely busy and I will be traveling during the weekend. I'm still not sure how I will manage the 38km easy pace after work on Wednesday or Thursday but I'm sure I'll find a way to fit it in :)


  1. What a great post - I'm so proud to be part of it. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Thanks! I'm excited to see how your marathon goes, your training looks really strong right now.