Last weekend I attended the Waterloo 10km Classic race in support of women’s sport initiatives. This is a cause that I support because it is widely known that physical activity helps to conquer and reduce anxiety and depression. As 1 in 4 women will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime, promoting and encouraging women in sport will help to reduce instances of mental illness.

Celebrating Canada’s 150 years

The morning of the race I was not sure whether I would be able to make it out to the race site at the University of Waterloo. I got into an accident the night before and was still pretty shaken up. So at 6 am, I dragged myself out of bed, determined to run the course as planned.

During the drive to Waterloo, we drove through a thunderstorm and was nervous that it would be pouring on the race course. Fortunately as we reached the site, it was bright, beautiful and sunny… not a storm cloud in sight.

It was probably the hardest 10k I’ve ever done in my life. There were so many times I wanted to give up but I pushed through and finished the race in about an hour.

After the race we were treated with food and so many goodies. I am so happy that I fought against all odds to complete the run. As I crossed the finish line, a feeling of accomplishment and overwhelming gratitude came over me.

 

Before and After Run

Thank you so much to the Run Waterloo and Saucony team for having me.

Until next time,

Your Miss South Central Ontario World 2017.

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