The Terry Fox Run

This post is a day late but not a dollar short! Yesterday the Terry Fox Run was my first official event. I reached my goal to raise $100 for the Terry Fox Foundation thanks to my generous donors: Sue and Phillip, Andy and Heather, and the King and Queen. Thank you all so much!

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It was a beautiful fall day and about 300 people ran or walked with many others there to cheer and support. Princess CindyLouWho came to run with me and we had a nice big cheering section. James was there too and he had a plan for me – run 9 minutes, walk 45 seconds – repeat, keep the pace consistent, and don’t chat too much (haha!). He ran in full turnout gear like a crazy person and was still lightning fast. Here he is near the finish line.

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I stuck to the plan and at the end I thought I was about two seconds slower than the pace I ran with James last week. But when I got home and looked at my fitbit stats I was wrong. I was actually faster than that pace by 5 seconds/km. Wahoo!

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While this wasn’t really a “race” it still felt great to participate in my first organized event. There were no numbers, timers, or even a start/finish line and it was a really good way to break myself in to the running scene without any pressure. I was nervous at the beginning but it was mostly because I was about to run around people. Lots of people, with eyes that could see me and ears that could hear my ragged breathing. A friend told me that I’d be surprised by the variety in body types at races and she did not lie. Every variety was represented and I didn’t really feel too out of place at all once things got going.

Thoughts I had before the run:

  • There are one million people here
  • My hands are cold I should put my gloves on
  • My hands are hot why did I put these gloves on
  • It’s chilly should I wear both of these jackets?
  • My shoes are too tight – loosens shoes
  • My shoes are too loose – tightens shoes
  • My shoes are too tight – loosens shoes
  • My feet are going numb, I think they’re still too tight – loosens shoes
  • Everyone is going be looking at my wobbly bits
  • Cameron is going to be taking pictures, I hate pictures, but I need pictures for my blog, and he takes really good pictures, so I’m glad he’s taking pictures.
  • Omg it’s time to start! Are my shoes too loose?

Thoughts I had during the run:

  • That girl in front of me has really beautiful hair
  • Thank god Cindy is running this with me!
  • I’m so hot! This jacket has got to go

That’s all I can really remember… lol.

Here we are rockin it at the finish.

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And one of me and James post run

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So all in all it was a success! Thanks to our cheering section – Quinn, Alison and Memnon the Destroyer, Sean and Cameron. You all rock!

One year from now it will be very cool to look back at these photos and see how far I’ve come.

~PP

I Signed Up For My First Run!

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Today a friend invited me on Facebook to the Terry Fox Run. I looked at my calendar secretly hoping that I was working that day. It’s in between my days and nights, so I have the whole day off. SHIT!

So I signed up. This is actually a great first event for me. It’s not really a race but a running fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation. For my American friends Terry Fox was a young man who had cancer and lost his leg to it. In 1980 he started a run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. This run was called the Marathon of Hope. He started on the east coast and headed west running about 42 km (26 miles) a day with a prosthetic leg. After running 5373 km (3339 miles) in 143 days Terry Fox had to stop running because the cancer returned, this time in his lungs. He died in 1981 at 22 years old. The Terry Fox Run has raised over $650 million dollars since then, and that’s a pretty stellar legacy to leave.*

Terry Fox was from Port Coquitlam, BC which is just a few kilometers from where I grew up. I remember participating in the Terry Fox run every year in elementary school and junior high.

I think this is an amazing way to start off my running life because it is not really a race but a collaborative effort to support a great cause. It is non competitive and is on the same route that I ran yesterday so I know I can do it, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes me.

If you would consider supporting me for $1 to the Terry Fox Foundation I’ll reach my goal of $100 raised no problem. If everyone gives $2 I can double it. I really hate asking for money but I decided that just like running in public, I’m gonna suck it up and support this great cause and do something great for myself at the same time.

You can find my fundraising page here: Support the Pudgy Princess!

Alternately you can flip me a loonie the next time you see me and I’ll enter you on my fundraising page.

And my Whitehorse friends… I challenge you to run with me! I’m SO slow so even if you do zero training and walk fast I’m sure we can do it together.

Thanks for the invite Gillian!

~PP

*Info on Terry Fox from the Terry Fox Foundation Website