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November 14th started out as a typical Thursday morning. Bryan was in Germany for work, Kaia was at the coffee table with her art supplies, quietly creating a picture of a monster on a piece of paper that I had pasted googley eyes onto. I was editing the acknowledgements for my third book while sipping a delicious cup of coffee.

Although this particular morning seemed just like any other day of the week, something was different… I was feeling a bit out of sorts after having broken my toes the Saturday before. Not being able to run was weighing me down. My little funk passed pretty quickly as I am not one to wallow for very long. Then I heard the chime on my smart phone indicating that I had a twitter interaction.

digital championThere it was—a direct message from someone in the running community. We’d been following each other on twitter for a little while. I opened the message to read that the Canada Running Series (CRS) was seeking ambassadors for the Toronto Yonge Street 10K (TYS10K) in April 2014 and was I interested. At first I was a wee bit surprised… surely she didn’t mean me. Really? Me? Had she sent this to the right person? Then I thought about it for a moment. Of course she meant me; after all she had typed my name and why not me? I’m a dedicated runner and I do my best to inspire others while finding joy in doing so. I have a passion for running and I have overcome many hurdles throughout my journey. I love to encourage people to get active and change their lives. Plus, I like to talk about running… a lot. I’m sure you’ve noticed that.

I sent her a quick note with my email address so I could find out a little more. To be honest, I didn’t have a clue what the titles of race ambassador or Digital Champion (DC) actually would entail. The woman responded very expediently and outlined what is expected of a DC for this race. She needed a little more information from me as well.

On November 27th I received a note of congratulations from CRS as did the others chosen for this role (some who have done this before). I wanted to share the news but was asked to keep things hush hush until today. I was like a kid before Christmas. I alluded to it once in a blog post entitled a chance to inspire and mentioned how many sleeps it was, a few times on twitter and Facebook. I can’t tell you how honored I am to have been presented with such an opportunity.

By now you are probably wondering what a Digital Champion is especially if you aren’t a runner. Well, the Digital Champions is a group comprised of individuals who are enthusiastic about running. We all have different stories and backgrounds that others can relate to, and we’ve overcome many obstacles. Our role as athletes is to share our experiences as well as the trials and tribulations of training, as we prepare to run the Toronto Yonge Street 10K on April 13, 2014. Some of the Digital Champions will be continuing in this role as they train to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in the Fall.

As an ambassador for the Canada Running Series I will share my adventures with you. I will be starting to train very soon and you’ll be able to follow that on DailyMile.com (as soon as I recover from my broken toes). From time to time I will post recipes and talk about my nutrition during training. You’ll hear about the good runs and the fun runs and even the bad runs although I’m hoping there won’t be many of the latter. Being diabetic presents a few challenges that I will mention. You’ll even learn a little about what I do when I’m not running. This event is part of my training for two considerably longer events. I’m running 21.1K at the Mississauga Marathon three weeks after TYS10K, followed by 25K at the Sulphur Springs Trail Run at the end of May. I may even consider running at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon later in the year.

I do hope that you will enjoy reading about my journey as a Digital Champion for CRS. Perhaps I can encourage you to sign up for your first race or, if you’ve already done that, stretch your boundaries by choosing a new distance goal. Of course, you could always sign up for the Toronto Yonge Street 10K. Just a thought…

Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or comments. You can find me on twitter @innerpossible or contact me through the Finding My Inner Possible Facebook page.

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On her blog, Miss Zippy asked runners to take a look back at their year of running. Of course, the year isn’t over yet even thoug I’m done my events for 2013. I am still healing my broken toes  and I have a mere 21 km to go before I break the 1000 K mark for the year—a big milestone for me. I also have great running related news to share in the next few days. Enough about what is to come… here are my answers to what Miss Zippy asked of runners…

waterworks trail

waterworks trail

What was your best race experience?

Hands down that had to be the Mississauga Marathon. It was a personal distance record for me as it was my first half marathon. I ran with my friend Carla. The weather was gorgeous, the course was beautiful, and the company was excellent. Everything about it was nearly perfect.

What was your best run?

My son and I set out to run 8K together but with no specific route in mind. The goal was to just wander randomly through the woods, running, until we hit 4K and then head back. I had to dodge a couple falling walnuts and then had an epic wipe-out over a branch early on in the run. Oops. We found a hidden campsite in the woods and continued running along the trails which wound their way along the river. At times we were so close to the edge that it wasn’t exactly safe especially given the erosion beneath. Parts were pretty slow going because we both had to watch our footing and duck under fallen trees. It was quite the technical bit of trail. We finally had to turn around because the brambles/stinging nettles were getting so thick. I stopped and took a few photos when we started to head out. It was the best run, not due to time or distance, but because it rekindled a sense of play and it was so much fun.

What was your best new piece of gear?

My Garmin Forerunner 410. I love my Garmin. Because I train on trails in the Spring, Summer and Fall the bit of kit is great for telling me how far I’ve gone. I don’t use the heart rate monitor though.

What was the best piece of running advice you received?

The best running advice I received was from my friend Kim. When I was asking about clothing for cooler weather she suggested that I dress as if it is 10°C warmer out than it really is.

Who was your most inspirational runner?

It’s very difficult for me to choose just one person as I find I am inspired by so many people. There is one runner that really stands out because of  an act of kindness that I will never forget. An amazing lady from Ottawa named Kate. When my friends’ son Tyrel was awaiting kidney transplant and the Team Tyrel Virtual 5K Run/Walk was being held. Kate sent a package for me to pass on to 13-year old Tyrel. It was the medal from her first marathon with a letter that makes me tear up just thinking about it. Her gift to Tyrel and her big heart remind me of what a powerful community runners are.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

Running has become an integral part of my life. Running is my time to play, my passion, my Mommy Time-out, and my way to give back for all that it has given me.

Don’t forget to take a look at the blog that inspired me to write this post and answer Miss Zippy’s question “How was your year of running?

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