Fast, Healthy, and Strong


by Pam Nyrose

The goal for my 55th birthday (in September 2018) was to run a full marathon. In November 2017, I suffered a concussion that took me out of training for four months. The recovery was tedious and painfully slow. I was so excited in March when I got the go-ahead to run for five minutes. By April, I had worked up to running for 30 minutes, which I did at a 10K event in Jasper. After a consultation with my healthcare professionals in June, I was encouraged to save my dream of a marathon for another year. In July, I injured my leg which took me out for another month. I was so disappointed and discouraged. Would I ever get my strength and endurance back? Now even a half marathon was looking doubtful.

Pam (on left) with husband Eric at the 2018 Five Peaks Race in Canmore, AB.

One evening in August, I joined a group of athletes meeting with a sports psychologist. I was hoping that perhaps I would hear something that would provide some encouragement. I heard: “Do what you can, where you are at.” The next morning, I started strength training exercises.

Pam running the half marathon at the 2018 Queen City Marathon.

On September 9, 2018, I ran a half marathon at the Queen City Marathon with a goal of bettering my previous personal best by 14 minutes—a rather lofty goal, given the year I just had. I chose to run with the 2:15 pace bunny for the first 15K. At 10K, an old knee injury made itself known. I said to it: “Oh no you don’t, you aren’t hurting. You just think you are getting tired, but we aren’t done yet.”

I kept going. Shortly thereafter, I remembered my mantra from a previous training run: “fast, healthy, strong.” Fast feet, healthy hips, strong legs.

I kept running. At 15K, I thought to myself, “I haven’t laid it all out on the course yet. I think I can give more.” I also remembered how in earlier training runs, I seemed to run faster as the distance increased. In my head, I also started repeating: “the farther you go, the faster you get.” The chanting continued and at 18K, I caught sight of the 2:10 pace bunny. I couldn’t believe it. I kept chanting and I did indeed get faster. My body stayed healthy and strong to the finish line. I finished in 2:07:51—22 minutes faster than a year ago. Not only am I back, but I am faster, healthier and stronger.


3 Replies to “Fast, Healthy, and Strong”

  1. Pam!

    This is fantastic! So encouraging and inspiring. It’s the mental challenge I’m struck by. The body wants to give up but your mind said, “no way!”

    Way to go!

  2. Mama Nyrose,
    Thank you for sharing your story. You are truly an inspiration.
    Fast, Healthy, Strong. Love it.

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