Welcoming the New Year!

9 Jan

I took on running during the summer of 2009 after signing up for my first 5km run with a good friend. The Pinery Road Race, located in Grand Bend, was a race I was determined to finish even if it meant I was going to end up walking some of the way. Since then, I’ve participated in 4 other races within Ontario including: the Santa Shuffle in London; the Somersault Winterman 5km in Ottawa (in -15 °C weather!); the Mississauga Marathon Starbucks Coffee Hazel 5km Run; and most recently, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 5km run.

After the Scotiabank run I decided that I needed to take my running to the next level, so I planned to extend my baseline run time beyond the 30 minute mark (~5km). In December, I increased my time on the treadmill by an additional 5 minutes. I’m now into January and I’m thrilled because I’m running non-stop for 40 minutes! Despite the blisters that are forming on my feet and toes, I feel great! (I’ve discovered a few great products for preventing blisters too! Send me an email or comment below to let me know if you’re interested.)

At the start of the New Year I took the time to reflect on my running activity over the last few years. Interestingly, when I initially started running on the treadmill in 2009, I could not run beyond 8 minutes because my calves would burn and ache. Now, I can run 30 minutes outside on the pavement and if I maintain my mental focus, I can keep going! Music has been a huge factor in helping me stay on target. Here are some “must have” songs that I have on my Gym playlist:

  • Pendulum – Propane Nightmares (My favourite! I can listen to it repeatedly!)
  • Kittie – Brackish
  • Does It Offend You, Yeah? – We Are Rockstars
  • Culture Beat – Mr. Vain
  • Mauro Picotto – Like This Like That
  • Muse – Plug In Baby

The progress I have made over the last 2 years makes me feel proud. I have a friend who encourages me to run by continuing to alert me of upcoming races. He gifted me a fuel belt (below) for my birthday in December to motivate me to extend my runs…I hope my progress and love for running is ongoing so I can complete a Marathon  one day. 🙂
Feel free to share your successes or challenges in the comments below – I would love to hear from you!

5 Responses to “Welcoming the New Year!”

  1. Melissa January 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM #

    This just goes to show that with a little determination and a lot of persistence anything is achievable! You’re an inspiration Kama!

    • nursekama January 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM #

      Thanks Mel! I think I will aim to do a 10 km next! 🙂

  2. Michael January 22, 2012 at 1:27 AM #

    Keep up the great work. Your running experience are similar to mine. I found the once I broke through the 10k barrier that the rest was ‘easy’.
    I’m training for my second 30k race right now.

    • nursekama January 22, 2012 at 3:07 AM #

      Wow! That’s very encouraging! Congrats on your accomplishments!

  3. Bill Deys January 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM #

    Always like hearing about folks getting into running. Having started last year myself I really got into it. Setting some loft goals for myself.

    Be running the Around The Bay this year. Don’t know where else after that but I’m certain that running will be part of my life from now on. Maybe not at these distances but…

    Keep it up!!

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