Today was the halfway party for TEAM IN TRAINING. GOOO TEAM! Our training of course starts at Granville Island. It's great to see a lot of family and friends of runners out to support us. My wonderful boyfriend did in fact come out to support me, not only at a water station, but to run with me as well!
Graham, a fellow runner, shared with us his mission moment today that really inspired us all. Graham did a triathlon last year in honour of his friend's brother, Owen, who only had 2 months to live while he was training. Graham had a problem with his shoulder where he would dislocate it often (while swimming) and he had to teach himself how to swim with one arm. A week before the race, Graham had dislocated his shoulder again, so he was in a lot of pain during the event. However, he thought of Owen and pushed on. Graham finished the event and found out just 2 hours later, that Owen had succumbed to cancer. Graham had pushed on for Owen and Owen knows.
Our route today starts at Granville Island and goes along the seawall to Jericho Beach and back. Although my boyfriend's shins were killing him the first 3 km, he kept on going. He's a real trooper considering he hasn't been training with us at all!!!
The run was grueling and difficult but I kept thinking of all the people who are going through treatment and the ones that have completed it how brave they were to go through something that difficult. I have to keep on going. I want to give everyone who's affected by cancer some hope. I will keep running for you. Whether you know me or ask me to or not, I will run for you.
On a personal level, I don't see any real physical improvements for my body that I can notice. Although my endurance has gone up by a lot since I started running two months ago. Through the snow, wind, cold and rain, we all ran. I'm so proud of our group.