Running Vancouver – Episode 1

running-vancouverA few months ago I was asked by a local runner, Jeff Pelletier, if I was interested in being part of a running documentary. He wanted to create a web video series that would document three runners journey to the BMO Vancouver Marathon & Half Marathon.

I was over the moon when Jeff asked me if I wanted to be involved… there are two things I am absolutely sure of… I love Vancouver to the moon and back… and running absolutely completes me. My legs have given me life, breath and strength that I never knew existed.

“Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are training, and some are not.” – Dr. George Sheehan

Today marks the beginning of the web series. The first episode has gone live – thanks to a whole load of work by Pacer Films – and there will be one every Monday until race day on May 5th (keep your eyes peeled here). Each episode will be on YouTube – and also on Novus’ community channel.

If you’re interested in watching episode 1 (… 7 short minutes!) and meet the runners involved, check it out below:

I’ve been blogging about my running journey for the past year – and this year have set new goals to dominate. The other two featured in ‘Running Vancouver’ are Karl & Sean. I have yet to meet them – but they seem super legit.

A little bit about the boy squad:

Meet Karl Woll | Twitter | Blog

“As our most experienced runner, Karl has run over a dozen marathons, 50k ultra-marathons, and trail races. He’s back to run the BMO Vancouver Marathon for the fourth time in an attempt to shave just over 10-minutes off his personal best time to qualify for the Boston Marathon – no easy task.”

Meet Sean Martin | Blog

“Sean’s journey began when his daughter Shaelyn was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an aggressive blood cancer, at just 8 weeks old. Now, with Shaelyn 5 years old and healthy, Sean has joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Team In Training to honour her battles with cancer as he trains for his first marathon.”

Jeff did an incredible job and I feel honored to be included in this project. On May 5th, I will be running alongside Runcouver’s #RunCrew – as many of the girls complete their first half marathon. Fingers crossed for that sub-2:00. :)

The entire footage will showcase on Shaw in May.

Thank you for the support – thank you for reading – thank you for watching.

From 28 to 38

Thanks to a nudge from my friend, Michelle, who is a dynamo at Lululemon Athletica, tonight I wrote my 1 year, 5 year and 10 year goals (exciting and stressful all at the same time).

1 YEAR

  • I will be dairy free by December 2012.
  • I will yoga it up (power/yin) 3x a week by January 2013.
  • I will complete the UBC Duathlon by March 2013.
  • I will run a sub-2:00 Half Marathon in Vancouver by August 2013.
  • I will write an e-book on career development by September 2013.
  • I will speak at an international conference on rethinking HR by October 2013.

5 YEARS

  • I will pay off my undergraduate student loans by December 2013.
  • I will travel to India to teach youth about entrepreneurship by December 2014.
  • I will take 1 ‘mind-body-soul’ me-cation a year by June 2015.
  • I will attend the global TED conference by March 2016.
  • I will run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with my best friend by October 2016.
  • I will complete my Master of Arts in International Communications by August 2017.

10 YEARS

  • I will teach part-time at Simon Fraser University by December 2017.
  • I will run the Boston Marathon by April 2018.
  • I will devour every ounce of South Africa by March 2019.
  • I will support/mentor Scoliosis patients at BC Childrens Hospital by December 2020.
  • I will write and publish a book by June 2021.
  • I will consult with the UN Foundation on solving global issues by December 2022.

BOOM.

You know what’s scary? I actually think I can do it — and the goal I’m most confident on is the last one. Eeep!

Some people will read this post and think I’m doomed for a nervous breakdown — or  think yah right, like this will ever happen. Others will read it and think — power to yah girl!

I’m a goal setter. It’s who I am. 

I have no doubt that my goals will change and evolve based on the experiences I have over the next few years. Guess what? I’m ok with that.

Regardless if it’s working towards running the Boston Marathon {god help me} — or raising goats in the middle of nowhere Saskatchewan {not in the plan, but you never know}, I’m a big believer in moving forward, learning, challenging myself — and most importantly, being happy with where I’m at and where I’m headed.

Lululemon’s goal setting worksheet was extremely helpful in writing my goals and if you want to jump on the goal setting train, I’d highly recommend checking it out.