THANK YOU!!! 5 years ago, you changed my life forever when I was kicked out for running too slow. 5 years ago, after knowing how badly I wanted to reclaim my life and how hard I was willing to work for it, you kicked me out of your running group.

I can hold enough space for you for kicking me out for running too slow.

You probably truly believed it was in your best interest. I don’t blame you for doing what you felt was best but not giving me that chance was probably one of your biggest mistakes. With me as your running buddy, you’d have that person who showed up rain or shine. You’d have that forever-running partner. Thankfully, it worked out for me.

I harbour no ill feelings towards you, in fact, I am grateful to you because what you did changed my life in a way that many people never saw coming, myself included. I’m living my best life now all because I lacked patience and because you couldn’t see my potential, you’ve missed out.

And with so much gratitude to you, my journey has been more amazing than I could have ever imagined. Because you kicked me out for running too slow, I met my best friend, have run thousands of Km’s over the last 5 years, completed several races, and met and befriended some of the most amazing souls. I’ve learned so much about myself and allowed me to become a person that my girls and husband could truly be proud of.

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After my latest 30KM run with my best friend. Her longest run yet!

Because of you, I got my life back and an even better life because of it.

I found a running group that would never kick me out for running too slow. They looped back for me when I wanted to give up on myself, and then went on to become a clinic coordinator of my own running group ensuring no one ever gets left behind!

As a Clinic Coordinator, I’d find myself standing in front of a room of 30+ people who are looking at me to lead them on their own adventure to 10K. I knew that for many this could be the difference of whether they love or hate running. These people call me coach and have no idea that I was holding my breath every Monday, hoping they didn’t hate me. I needed to right the wrong you left me with.

When they returned clinic after clinic and thanked me for always being there for them, I knew that the stain of running too slow that you had left me with had finally faded. You’re no longer my motivation, you truly are just a small part of the story that I’ve turned into a beautiful masterpiece without you.

One day just shortly after becoming a Clinic Coordinator on a walk through the neighborhood with my husband and two daughters, I pointed out your house as we walked by. “What would you do if one of those ladies walked into your running group right now?” my oldest daughter asked. I answered my daughter with the half of my truth that I knew she needed to hear.

I said, “I’d welcome them with open arms and then I’d work really hard to show them what a running group truly is”

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At first, she didn’t believe me but as I told her that if I were to not allow you to join us then I’d be no better than you. I’d be doing us both a complete disservice if I treated you the same way that you had treated me. You could see the wheels turning in Ava’s brain, a lesson was learned.

I don’t know if you still live in our area or if you still run at all but I wanted to thank you. I went from an overweight ex-smoker who was running too slow to running marathons. I went from an InTraining participant to Clinic Coordinator and to now finally being in a position to return to the workforce as an employee of SportMedBC.

2020 brought 2 half marathons and 2021 started my training for a full marathon and I’m currently training for my second right now. My 5th Clinic is almost complete and if I look back over the other 4 clinics I’ve probably impacted close to 100 runners’ lives just through my clinics alone.

So I thank you..because of you, because you said I was running too slow, I went from overweight and out of shape to living a healthy active life and from being unable to keep up to being a run coach leading the pack.

Because of you, I went from running too slow to running marathons.

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