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    A moment of January inspiration


    In my post-race, post-Disney, general wintertime blahs, I got a dose of much-needed inspiration last night.

    As runners, we all understand the benefits to be had from running, and will often run in cold and snow to get them – but sometimes we don’t. Sometimes, even we, who enjoy the camaraderie of meeting others in frigid temperatures, will skip a run or retreat to the comfort of the indoors.

    So as last night marked the first meeting of the latest Beginner Running Clinic at The Running Works, hosted by yours truly, I got all bundled up and ready to go – with ten minutes till clinic time, no one was there. But within the next five minutes, every single person who had signed up was there and ready to run. These are people who have either never run, or haven’t run in a very long time, taking their first steps on a frigid night in January, in the snow, on the ice, in the wind. They were a small group, but they were there.

    And despite the biting wind freezing our cheeks, not one of them, at least not within my earshot, uttered a single word of complaint. Not one.

    My toque’s off to them – but only once I am safely back indoors.

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!