Run for Joy -Because You Can
This year I am running the TC 10K. After twenty plus years of racing the event as a competitive athlete, and elite master, this year I am entering the race non competitively, as the race Ambassador. My goal is to run 50 minutes, to pace as evenly as possible using only a watch, and to raise as much as I can for the BC Cancer foundation, one of the official charities.
Most people want to run faster. This year I am going to attempt to just run slower. At the peak of my career I used to shoot for a 3:15/km pace (33 minute 10K). This year, I am going to shoot for 4:59 (just under 50 minutes for 10K). Just like at my fastest, I am going to run with only my watch. No HR monitor, no GPS (I have to make it a little challenging!).
The way I see it, at 50 minutes, I get to run with a LOT of people, which is going to be fun and I get to run for another 20 minutes along the streets of Victoria on a Sunday morning.
I welcome people to run with me; I am an excellent pacer and if you run with me, I’ll probably throw some encouragement your way, because that is what I love to do!
Why am I doing this? Because I want to do something to help Cancer research and care in BC. Every year I support the Cops for Cancer and watch them ride through my community, and I attend the KidsRun in May, which raises so much money for kids battling cancer, and their families.
In May of 2016 I flew to Nova Scotia and ran with my childhood best friend Laura, in the Bluenose 10k. We ran 50 minutes and it was huge feat for Laura, who was battling stage 4 lung cancer at the time. Laura passed away that October – I learned so much about life, from Laura, in those few short months she survived. She was a beautiful funny human being, our birthdays were only days apart at the end of April, and I will always miss her.
As the 6 time winner of this event, I have very strong emotional ties to the TC 10K – this race was a cornerstone of my spring season every year and the race supported me in my elite career as a distance runner, with prize money and validation for my striving for excellence, for which I will always be grateful. Now, at the age of 51 (I turn 52 the day before the race), I am hoping that my pacing will help a few folks through to their own excellence on race day, and support people who can’t run due to the effects of cancer.
I feel so grateful for my health and my career in sport and will continue to support, motivate and inspire those who are in pursuit of their own excellence - I have set up my donation page in Racer Roster for those who want to support me in my goal of raising $5052.00
Thank you for taking the time to read this, thank you for your donations and see you on race day!
Run For Joy – Because You Can!
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