Eight years ago, when Devin Sherrington at 360fit was my personal trainer – he encouraged me to start running. I would have never imagined that one-minute intervals would transform me into a half-marathoner and then become the race director to one of Canada’s favourite marathon events.
During the first couple of years, I worked 80 hours a week and my family sacrificed a significant amount for me to create Maritime Race Weekend. Now, I try to take most weekends off with my family and have no guilt forgetting about work when I go on vacation.
The majority of this journey has been positive, but I did have a big setback in my physical health caused by stress, exhaustion and running injuries.
Every year, I set goals to improve Maritime Race Weekend. This year, I’m adding a personal goal. To regain the physical strength that I had before consuming my life seven days a week with Maritime Race Weekend.
After five years of injuries – I have finally been cleared by a surgeon to run again. I tried, it was hard. Actually, harder than the first time that I tried to run. My injuries are healed, now I’m just out of shape. I’ve decided to lean on a friend who’s always been there for me, believed in me, helped me lose 120 lb and encouraged me to become a runner – it’s Devin.
It’s a daily struggle, but with Devin’s help I plan to be the comeback queen.