Run for the Love of Pete 5K : The Why

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 9.24.43 AMAt first, I wanted to do something in the memory of my father, Pete. I wanted to raise money and awareness for heart health so that people around me got to live longer and learn about the things that they needed to do to accomplish this. I love running, so why not pair the two?

Over the course of wanting to launch this run (I’ve been thinking about this for about a year and a half), I had anxiety about hitting send on a mass email, hitting create on an FB post and talking to people about it in general. I’d hold back. I realized that all I needed to do was take the first step.

In all my research around running races, and organizing them, I scoured the pages of Runners World Magazine and any online resource that I could. If I was having this much trouble taking the first step to creating a race to ‘change lives’ then how many other people were having the same struggle? I mean this from all standpoints in life. Were others struggling to run? Were others so afraid of what other people thought so much that they were just sitting and waiting for that perfect moment to do what they really want to do?  Were other people so paralyzed with fear and self-doubt that they just sat on really great ideas for a really long time instead of just getting out there and doing them?

I was (and still am a little spooked) about taking the first step. What if one person comes to the race? What if no one shows up? What if it’s raining? What if people look at September 11th as a negative date? What if I don’t raise awareness or money and fall flat on my face? There will always be ‘what ifs’.

I took the first step yesterday.

I almost puked in the car.

Some people will understand, some people won’t. Some people will laugh at your goals and mine, others will suScreen Shot 2016-05-18 at 9.16.28 AMpport them with banners (think signs made out of glitter and uncooked macaroni, that’s what I see ;)), and do whatever they can to help.

I set-up the Facebook invite, and to some that will seem rather trivial (or an archaic way of doing things hah), but it has taken me months to hit that ‘create’ button. My buddy Doug took me for a ride in the car. He made me listen to a podcast that really changed the way I look at this hurdle. I have to spend more time looking at why I want to do this, not at how or what. The rest I can figure out along the way. (Check out this TED Talk with Simon Sinek if you want to learn more about the ‘why’).

All I have to remember in every step of this process, no matter how good or bad this goes, I took the first step – the first step of many to come.

I will learn a lot throughout this whole thing, things won’t be perfect and I will refine and change things as I go. I hope that you join me, as we take many first steps together, never forgetting the why along the way!

-Bexx

Color Me Rad 5K – Toronto

ColorMeRadToday I ran a race, with some wonderful people, and got paint bombs thrown at me intentionally!

The laughter, the splashes of colour and the company, most definitely made this race my favourite of all time.

I haven’t run since the Sporting Life 10k, so my running was less than stellar, but I can’t remember a more recent time where I’ve had that much fun running.

Some Booty Camp and Femme Fitale ladies created a team called #WeSweatPink.  I ran with one of my besties, Hilary.  It was her first time running a race! I’m so proud of her.  She never thought she’d ever run a race, let alone one that was quite like the one we ran on Sunday. Sooooo proud!! Awh yeahhh!

Being sprayed with green paint, running through the bright pink station, and forgetting to close our mouths at the yellow station because we were laughing so hard, were most definitely highlights of our run (from my perspective at least! haha)

BeforeAfterColorMeRad

I’ve provided a little before and after for you guys! hahah And of course an awesome group shot! Awh yeahhhh!

Team #WeSweatPink!
Team #WeSweatPink! Photo cred: Andrew Kachaniwsky

Below is a video of the awesome finish!!!

Video Cred: Andrew Kachaniwsky 🙂

Hilary is signed up for the Kitchener Color Me Rad and I just might sign up for another round of colour.  It’s in October so the weather will be perfect to race in! 🙂

Happy training,

-Bexx