The Running Whys – Penny Klepic

Penny.jpgFor Penny Klepic, the numbers tell the story.

In the three years since she decided to tackle running through a popular Couch to 5k training program, she’s transformed her health and her body, while enjoying tranquility on her runs and taking 26 minutes off her half marathon clocking.

“I was 50 pounds overweight and everything was hurting,” she explained of her initial motivations. “My oldest son is special needs and I needed an outlet to vent and clear my head most every day.

“Right now, running is a huge part of my life.” Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Erica MacMillan

Erica MacMillan poses with her friends Angela Stewart and Cheryl Donovan after a race in Hampton.

Erica MacMillan poses with her friends Angela Stewart and Cheryl Donovan after a race in Hampton.

When we asked Erica (Findley) MacMillan to join us for the Running Whys, she submitted her story (which is below) along with some biographical info, such as her name, the fact she was 27, born and raised in Saint John, was a substitute teacher, married, a mother of twin three-year-old boys….and a runner.

The last point has helped all aspects of her life and in the past few years, she has taken on many challenges, including the Marathon by the Sea. She is back again this year and she outlines her story below.

Enjoy

by Erica MacMillan

I remember watching a triathlon when I was younger and thinking about the human body and its capabilities.  I remember in high school and early university, going out for walks and small runs and thinking about racing but never being ready to commit. Continue reading