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A Home Run for Flo

I want everyone to know that you are never too young to start running. Last September when I was reading on the Intranet, I came across the article - "Learn how to Run". I said to myself, "why not give it a try." I realized there were no excuses!

I went out one morning with Kelly Bodie's running group with no great expectations and really unsure of how I was going to manage it.  To start, it was a 1 minute walk followed by a 1 minute run the first week, then a 2 minute run, 1 minute walk, and so on until we reached 10 minutes. We ran all winter with the exception of -36 degree weather where the group decided not to run.  When I got to 5 km, I was thrilled!  I never thought I could do the distance and I did. It was a great feeling!

Kelly has been a tremendous support. She guides you on your posture, breathing, etc. and without her I am sure I would not have succeeded.  I have had lots of encouragement from the group, co-workers and family.  We now run 5 kms on Mondays and Fridays with an 8 km run on Wednesdays.

At the end of May, we ran in the Wellingston Women's "half of a half" Marathon which was 10.55 km.  It was challenging but we did it!

I am so pleased with Kelly's program and honestly cannot believe that I am now running (not fast by any means) but I am running up to 8 kms.  It is a great feeling to run in the morning and at the end of the work day and not feel guilty about not exercising as I have already done it for the day.

Running has provided me with more energy and an overall good feeling.  The best part of running is that it is free..really how can we say no!

Florence Casselman

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