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    Contestant #3: Christa Davidson


    Christa Davidson had a secret. This runner, mother and Registered Nurse from Orillia, ON is also a recovering alcoholic. She’s been sober for over a year and a half and describes running as “the perfect outlet for all the internal chaos.” While Davidson admits that when she first acknowledged her addiction she was overcome with shame, she knows she’s not the only one and has decided it is time to share her perspective. “I am very proud of my commitment to running and sobriety,” she says. She’s not afraid to be candid when she writes about her struggles, and we love how she is able to see the humorous side of her journey.

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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!


    1. Way to go Christa! It is a long road but you are strong and have strong support. You are so right about addictions! Mine obviously is food but could easily become alcohol. Since I have had a gastric bypass it takes very little for me to feel the effects of a drink! I like that feeling as it lessens the pain I feel and I have to be very careful. But then what is worse, alcohol or drugs for pain!! Oxycodone feels really good too sometimes! Stay on your path, stay the course! I will be reading your blog as it helps me too.
      I sure miss all the staff at Marchmont!! If you are running down Martindale some afternoon stop in and say hello.

    2. Christa – Congratulations and God Bless you for what you are doing for your family and the community at large. You are helping break the stigma while promoting a healthy lifestyle. I can’t wait to hug you on Saturday!

    3. I totally agree with Lynn McIsaac ! Couldn’t have expressed the sentiment better. Keep on keeping on. Whatever works for you. 😉

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