The Running Whys – Michelle Ingram

michelle-2This column ran in the Oct. 8th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

The interest in running started from being a fan for Fredericton’s Michelle Ingram, who vividly recalls heading to watch her husband Ryan race in a half marathon in the city one spring.

Like many who are exposed to the emotion and camaraderie at the finish line for the first time, Michelle was blown away by the spirit at the line, enough to take up the sport herself, eventually entering her first 10 km event about a year later. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Run for the Cure

personalThe UniCats. That was the name of the secret club Kathy and her friend Michelle had when they were 12 years old. UniCats believe in the power of magic/miracles (unicorns) and are as fierce as big cats.

Read Kathy’s Run For the Cure page here.

It is the perfect name for the team we are organizing for this year’s CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 2. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Virginia Joudrey

Virginia 4Virginia (Arbo) Joudrey was born and raised in the north end of Saint John, in a home on Sandy Point Road. She grew up, got married, started a family and moved away but always has kept a special spot for Saint John in her heart.

This weekend, she’ll be back, as she has in the past, to take part in the Emera Marathon By The Sea.

Here is a look at her motivation for running, how the sport has transformed her life as well as coming home for the big race weekend.

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I now live in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia with my amazing husband Ed and together we have three wonderful children and three beautiful grandchildren – with another on the way in November. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Natalie Davidson

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davison is originally from Moncton but now calls the far north of Queensland, Australia home. She moved there in 2008 after graduating from Dalhousie University with a physiotherapy degree.

Originally, the trip was thought to be a six-month holiday but she quickly fell in love with the country and never left. However, she is returning to New Brunswick to compete in the half marathon in the 2016 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

Of note, she is training in the winter in Australia although she was still running in shorts and a t-shirt. Eight years later, she is a dual citizen and loving life, while she misses her friends and family. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Charlotte Flewelling

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Charlotte finished the 8km race at Hopewell Rocks, a major goal for her.

Running has always been part of Charlotte Flewelling’s life but now more than ever it is essential. Step by step, she is hitting some big personal goals. And she has her sights set on Marathon by the Sea in August. Here is today’s Running Whys.

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This year will mark three years since Charlotte Flewelling took up running. Looking back, appropriately enough after Father’s Day weekend, she says it was her Dad who provided her first inspiration for the sport, which has developed into a critical component so she can meet her health-related goals. Continue reading

The Running Whys – The legacy of Const Doug Larche

Const. Doug Larche reaches to high five his daughters near the end of a 15 km race in 2014.

Const. Doug Larche reaches to high five his daughters near the end of a 15 km race in 2014.

The Running Whys – The legacy of Const Doug Larche

It had developed into a Sunday tradition at Nadine Larche’s mother’s house.

When the schedule permitted a family supper, which was most Sundays, Nadine and her three daughters would drive to her mom’s home  while her husband Const Doug Larche would – depending on the particular phase of his training cycle –  run the 8-10 kilometre route, timed perfectly to coincide with the feast and, of course, what came afterward.  Continue reading

The Running Whys – Carol Lynn Landry

Carol Lynn Landry is competing in the 2015 Emera by the Sea half marathon Aug. 9.

Carol Lynn Landry is competing in the 2015 Emera by the Sea half marathon Aug. 9.

With encouragement from her friends and family and dedication in a new sport, Carol Landry has enjoyed the benefits of running, from its challenging distances to the camaraderie on and away from the course. As we head into the final days of training for the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea, Carol outlines her path to the half marathon race next week, a personal reward for someone who as a child, was more apt to bounce around gymnastics equipment or speed around the basketball court. Now, she enjoys her time in distance running. Here is her story. Enjoy.

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by Carol Lynn Landry

“Of course you can!”

I don’t remember why I started running, but I do remember calling up my best friend Shelley on the eve of my 35th birthday and asking if she thought I could run a half marathon. She was a runner and always my voice of positivity and without missing a beat she said, “of course you can!”. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Allison Chisholm

Allison Chisholm, left, and her sister Kathy Chisholm, right, compete in a race held in conjunction with the Highland Games in Antigonish, N.S. Allison Chisholm started running on April Fool's Day, 2010 and has not stopped since. Photo Submitted.

Allison Chisholm, left, and her sister Kathy Chisholm, right, compete in a race held in conjunction with the Highland Games in Antigonish, N.S. Allison Chisholm started running on April Fool’s Day, 2010 and has not stopped since. Photo Submitted.

Here is the latest edition in The Running Whys series that ran in the Daily Gleaner in mid-October (note the time references). It features Allison Chisholm, whose running career took off on the most interesting of days. She’s been going strong since. Here is her story.

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It’s no running joke that in the spring of 2010, Allison Chisholm signed up for a running course to prepare for a 10-kilometre race.

The date of the first class was April 1 but this was no gag, though.

With a thriving dentistry practice in the Fredericton area, the married mother of two thought running could provide a therapeutic release that she could tackle on her own schedule, under her own terms. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Marathon by the Sea

The 20th Emera Marathon by the Sea takes place Sunday in Saint John.

The 20th Emera Marathon by the Sea takes place Sunday in Saint John.

This is the 23rd story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John on Sunday. The individual stories, which can be seen by scrolling on this blog, are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

The motivations ranged from dedications, personal growth or just finishing five kilometres to winning their event or qualifying for the Boston Marathon. In May, we asked 20 people about the reasons they run – The Running Whys – and also why they decided to participate in the 20th anniversary of Emera Marathon by the Sea. The goal was to reach out and develop a small snapshot of those taking part in the Port City’s biggest running event on Sunday.

What we got was a poignant collection of stories that focused a number of themes, the biggest of all was family. The powerful replies, which can be seen here and here, generated wonderful accounts of dedication and recovery, tribute and purpose, all focused on a particular goal or goals for Sunday and beyond.

The goal was 20 stories. We finished with 22 as well as a timely series of coaching tips. Continue reading

In Molly’s words – The Running Whys

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Molly celebrates as she crosses the finish line of the 2013 Hypothermic Half Marathon in Saint John.

As I neared the top, I heard Dad say: “It’s your race now.” I knew that was code for: “Time to relax. You’re going to reach your time goal.” The final metres were downhill. I crossed the line with my arms in the air. The rest of my family and my fiancé were waiting there. Because of their support, and my decision to finally believe in myself, the “last person on Earth to ever like running” had completed her first half-marathon in 2:27.

Molly is another one of those eager Saint John Streakers I talked about yesterday, one who took on the December running challenge and another who also happened to work at Brunswick News when I was there.  We seemed to develop into an avid running crew! Molly, like many, has used running for fitness reasons, hoping to lose weight after earning her degree and in less than one year, did remarkable job. Definitely, many can identify with that goal. As has been the case with other runners in this series, Molly also understands the many benefits fitness and running provide. And for her, those benefits are personal and powerful motivators.

Here is her story.

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by Molly Cormier

On the morning of January 1, 2013, I woke up feeling different than I usually did on the first day of a new year. Continue reading