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    Contestant #10: Tamara Schroeder


    Tamara Schroeder was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety when her daughter was three months old.  Wanting an alternative to medication and time just for her, she turned to running when her daughter hit six months.  She continued to run through her second pregnancy, and following the birth of her son this spring, she dove right back in, hoping to pick up where she left off.  The 31-year-old mom from Calgary, AB, has since realized that she’s in uncharted territory but says, “I’m figuring it out as I go, because not running just isn’t an option.”

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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!