The Running Whys – Victoria Hitchcock

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.

Victoria Hitchcock, right, and her friend Laura McLeod show off their medals after completing the 10 kilometre race during the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon last year. Photo Submitted

Victoria Hitchcock, right, and her friend Laura McLeod show off their medals after completing the 10 kilometre race during the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon last year. Photo Submitted

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

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