In Andrew’s words – The Running Whys

Signal Hill 2

One of the highlights for Andrew and his wife Helene was a spectacular run up to Signal Hill during a family vacation to Newfoundland.

“To me, sleep is underrated.  Particularly on weekends.  Usually, it took a forklift to get me out of bed on a Sunday!  Now, if I don’t get my long, slow run in on a Sunday, I am Cranky McCrankerson!  Funny how running does that to you. A long distance training run can fly when you are chatting about sports, family activities, kids, music, life.   I find that time to be solitude, to enjoy the company, the scenery and be away from BlackBerries and computers.”

I met Andrew Holland when I first moved to Fredericton in 1997 and we were both covering sports. We’ve kept in touch since and have both come to enjoy the benefits of running. Of all the stories of battling through health adversity in 2013, Andrew’s recovery is near the top of the list. Earlier this week, he continued his impressive strides by braving the elements in the 2014 Resolution Run. Here is his story from 2013.




by Andrew Holland

I draw inspiration and motivation from the words of fellow runners and am happy to be invited by Kevin to post a recap of the past year given some of the health adversity I had previously faced.

2013 was a year of personal growth, a lot of learning and some injury frustration.  But all in all, a very rewarding year.

Since 2009, I had really been a casual runner, typically going out three times a week doing Continue reading

In their words – The Running Why


“Even now, months later, I still get goosebumps just thinking about it.”

“I put down a time that I would have been proud of 20 years ago.”

“I’m healthier than I have been in the past decade.”

“Instead of quitting, (it) provided me more incentive to keep doing something I love.”


For many of my friends, resumes do not include an athletic reference.

Journalist, writer, researcher, doctor, communications officer, administrator, teacher, consultant are some of the job descriptions of people I know.

There are, of course, many others.

Running, swimming, walking, cross fit or other items of physical endeavor are rarely included in detailing qualifications for job postings. If those descriptives are there at all, recreation pursuits generally find their way into extracurricular sections of our resumes.

But for many of us, participation in these activities forms an important part of our lives and shapes who we are.

In 2013, the surge in active living continued its renaissance, with participation levels hitting record levels across the continent. That includes the Maritimes, where marathon events sell out or registration numbers far exceed previous levels, expressed in thousands instead of hundreds or even dozens.

And more and new forms of events are popping up all the time, for example those in the Mudders’ category.

What’s it all mean while we are hustling and bustling to get out Christmas packing complete?

I was reading Runner’s World recently and there was a tread that asked runners for their best moments of 2013. The responses were pretty cool. It got me thinking about all the people I know who competed in a significant event in 2013 and what they accomplished.

The challenge they tackled represented a deep personal goal and their perspectives are very interesting.

So I have asked a few of them to send me their thoughts on their runner’s high, which is not reserved for running. Cycling, walking, body building, boxing are some other examples.

Many agreed to take part and some have filed already while others are still working on their thoughts.

Some of their comments top this post.

Another prevailing theme was the impact family had on the goals and the accomplishments, whether it was sharing the experience, thankful for the time to tackle projects or participating because someone close to them had inspired or encouraged them in their journey. Appropriate for this time of year.

So as we look back on 2013, set new goals for 2014, I will post these stories of sweat and accomplishment on my blog ( over the next few weeks.

If you have some thoughts, or would like to share your story, please send them my way.

There are never too many unique perspectives.

I hope you enjoy.In Their Words – The Running Why will start shortly after Christmas.