by Shauna McCooeye
I wanted to share my story because if I had not joined a Running Room training program, I would have never experienced all the monumental moments that have happened over the last three years.
I was a runner when I was younger, then life became busy and I stopped. I kept trying to get started but it would never last past the summer. After I had my second child, I joined the Women’s Learn to Run program at the Callingwood Running Room location in Edmonton. I was nervous, but I met nice people and others just like me who wanted to experience the thrill of running 10-and-1s and building up to 20 minutes of straight running.
My first 5K at Hawrelak Park was awesome and I was totally hooked. I was on maternity leave from work during this running experience and found out that my work buddies were running at lunch. When I went back to work, I had group support and the four of us were a very tight group. My running buddies kept me going and we would enter Running Room-sponsored runs together to stay motivated.
Next, my crazy group decided to try a triathlon. I would never have even thought of trying something like this, but I could run 5K so it was not entirely out of the question. I spent eight months learning how to swim and cycle, as well as keeping up with my running. I completed the ITU Tri the Try and the Leduc Women’s Only Tri (750 metre swim, 20K bike and 5 km run) and had the most fabulous and memorable experience of my life! It was truly a natural high.
I continue to enter fun runs at the 5K and 10K distances, and maybe there will be more triathlons in my future. I want to thank Running Room for helping me take that important first step to make a commitment and achieve reachable goals.