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Terry Fox Spirit - my Half Marathon of HOPE (no medal!)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"On April 12, 1980 a young man dipped his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean. From that simple step on, Terry Fox showed us the meaning of the words COURAGE, HOPE and DETERMINATION."

Today I ran my 21 half-marathons (including training and races - and one of them is a full!) since my doctor told me I was "cancer free". It was a long recovery and it took me 4 years before deciding to attempt a half-marathon again.

Today, when I entered my training in my log, I mark my emoticon with a big emoticon - it is 5 HM (min distance - I mean some of them were 14/15-17 miles) in 5 weeks! I did not feel like it today, I did not have a good sleep last night and my left hip flexor was really sore. After reading an article on my running magazine this mantra stick with me: " Essentially, runners don't always need to feel good; there are time when they just need to feel good enough." And, on this day, after receiving an email from the Terry Fox Foundation - because I pledge and run this race every year - encouraging Canadians to SHOW YOUR TERRY FOX SPIRIT, I had the little push that motivated me not to give up.

Terry Fox was a young leader that endure more than my little distance for a cause that he believed in. He had a goal in mind and gave the best of him to reach it. His story inspired many peoples and my run today was my way to show my Terry Fox Spirit. It is my way to celebrate 8 years CANCER FREE and to be able to share it with my girls. I am so proud of them ...

and I am thankful that I can share moments like these with them and my family -

(Emma on Facetime after she came back from a 5k run... isn't it great to have an active College girl!)

(Maggie posted this on her Facebook page - "feeling proud" was her quote as she completed this week her brown belt in akido!)

My favorite pictures for our picture challenge were "Family Love" - posted by my sister...

and my Emma...

So... to celebrate my efforts (picture on the bottom tells it all - I was beat!), Jeff and I went out for dinner (Sushi and Tempura Green Tea Ice Cream for dessert... with a glass of wine).

No medal! Yeah, with every participation medals - there is a few invisible one that have their own story...

P.S. Thanks to my sparkfriends who also share/post their training and race stories - it is inspiring and a source of motivation!
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    Eight years! That is quite an accomplishment!


    Your attitude is very contagious,
    Keep up the great work!

    1532 days ago
  • PDQ1203
    1533 days ago
    I like your family project. When we face challenges in life and come through, for me I find that I appreciate the small things. I have a brother (if you look on today's blog, you'll see him) who looks like a bum and he is the most difficult person to get along with. But when we were preparing for the party - he was wholesale invested in helping out. Even his wife was shocked at his attitude. Mind you when my son was a baby, he was always willing and able to babysit him (when my son was like 3 years and older). It is amazing who steps up and helps you in life - comes from the least likely sources. I try to give thanks for the small things people do for me - cos I say (when I am being ungrateful) they don't have to or could do nothing.
    1533 days ago
    emoticon I am very proud of you!! Congratulations!
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    1534 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    I think you have your own Terry Fox spirit. And I'm happy I've got to experience it. emoticon
    I look up to your stamina and determination. emoticon
    1534 days ago
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