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Last year, I decided to run my first marathon as a member of the Arthritis Society’s Joints in Motion Training Team which took place on March 17, 2013. This meant that I had to train in Newfoundland over the winter months for a spring marathon. As a person with sports-induced (and environmentally triggered) asthma, recently diagnosed (in my 30’s), running has been my way of saying “yes, I can” to all of those that say “you can’t …” or “you shouldn’t”.
I managed to train outdoors until around mid-January, when I was forced to move my runs indoors due to a bout of bronchitis. I figured a couple of weeks inside would have me all fixed up. But that would not be the case. It turned out that I would have to train entirely indoors as my ‘bout’ of bronchitis lasted three months, finally letting up just a week before I was to depart for Rome, Italy.
Let’s just say that training for a marathon on a treadmill is most certainly THE BEST mental training you could possibly do for such a challenge. After running 30 and 32 kilometers on a treadmill, in my basement, by myself, with nothing but my tunes (I drift if I watch tv) … I was ready for an outdoor marathon in any city, let alone in Rome!!
I raised $6,500 dollars for The Arthritis Society while working full time and training for my marathon. Running in Rome was an amazing experience and certainly the place to go for a first marathon. The cobblestones were a little more than I bargained for, but I had an amazing first marathon experience. I felt completely relaxed before the race began and just enjoyed everything around me throughout the marathon, taking photographs the whole way! After the marathon, I was shocked to hear the words “I could do that again” come out of my mouth as I stepped out of my hotel room shower! I felt so good at what I had accomplished! The words were out before I realized I was going to say it … so, training on a treadmill must have done the trick!
Since completing my marathon that mental training really has stuck with me. Post-marathon I ran my fourth Tely 10-Miler (July), participated in a 5K Mud Immortal Obstacle Course (September), and ran my fourth Cape to Cabot 20K Road Race (October). I plan to run the Deer Lake 67 Ultra Marathon (67K) next August and my fifth Tely 10-Miler and Cape to Cabot 20K in 2014!
My asthma may slow me down, but I will not let it stop me from taking on new challenges and making improvements on old ones!
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