The Turtles

by Sahar Khanani

In November 2015, four individuals showed up at Vancouver’s Wesbrook Village Running Room. It was the first day of their Learn to Run training program led by store manager Vicki Mann and her husband Bill. With low expectations and high motivation, they were all concerned that they might not even make it to the end of the first session. Meet the four: Continue reading “The Turtles”

From Fat to Fit–oh wait, I’m both!

by Marcella Messina

Running is a personal journey. Mine has been long. Mostly it has been slow, and at times very frustrating.

Since I rejoined the world of running in July 2016, I have realized that running has been two important things for me: freeing and rewarding. It sets me free from the societal constraints on what my ability should be, because of the size that I am. It’s rewarding because I know my ability within myself without the need for confirmation from others. Continue reading “From Fat to Fit–oh wait, I’m both!”

Running With Cancer

by Scott Kennedy

Near the end of 2017, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Three days after my second chemotherapy session, I ran the Jelly Bean 5K in Newmarket, Ontario. It was my slowest race to date, but very satisfying.

Cancer is a scary word. I tell myself that it is okay to be scared, because fear gives us the opportunity to be brave. Whether we take one step with our foot, a running blade or a full rotation of wheelchair’s wheel, we must keep moving forward.

For me, “running” involves three key elements: Continue reading “Running With Cancer”

It’s Okay to Look Back

by Kelsey Davidson

Lately I’ve seen many articles and social media posts talking about moving forward, and how you should “never look back.” I’m here to rebel against that mentality, and suggest that looking back can be a good thing.

Your life may have sped up to an uncontrollable pace, to the point where you find yourself asking: “What did I do yesterday?” You’ve been fed the message that slowing down, pausing or looking back will hinder your success. But it’s exactly the opposite. That’s why I’m asking you to look back. Continue reading “It’s Okay to Look Back”