This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on May 2.
When Victoria Hitchcock crossed the finished line in her first 10-kilometre race last Mother’s Day, she wept for joy.
She hugged her friend Laura McLeod.
She embraced her family and took a moment to savour her athletic feat.
For the then mother of two, completing a distance as part of the Fredericton Marathon that seemed so daunting, so out of her comfort zone when she set her initial running goal – the emotional response reflected pride in a monumental personal accomplishment.
“It was something I never dreamt I would do,” said the 31-year-old Lincoln Heights resident. “I was never athletic, I never did any sports and I had never ran a day in my life.”
Now, after her third child arrived in February, she’s returned to running, in the final stages of a couch to 5-km program that will lead her to this year’s Fredericton Marathon once again. She’ll race in her event as part of a crowd of approximately 2,000 other runners in various distances ranging from the full marathon to the 5-km walk.
“I cried when I crossed the line because it just seemed like such an accomplishment,” she said. Continue reading