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Support is something we all need and is a necessity.
I am very fortunate to have that. I will tell you a story...
It all started after a great marathon run at the Royal Victoria Marathon in 2007, I belonged to a local running club and many of us ran the full marathon (my first marathon). A few of us qualified for the Boston Marathon and it was the topic at our post club run. Some of the runners were deciding that maybe 2009 is the year to go as a group and run the Boston Marathon. I was truly excited by the idea but I knew I was not able to run it, how on earth am I going to run in such an event with so many people! So, i did vocalized that i wanted to run Boston and expressed my fears and challenges. Chris Morrison (then the club president) said that he would support me as my guide. You have no idea how happy I was to hear that, and to think back now, how this very moment had changed my life forever. Since then, Chris and I been training partners, he supports me for all sports I love to do, even if he has never done something before (like cross country skiing), and a good friend.
Not long after that conversation I had with Chris about him guiding me, I went to the grand opening of the Running Room store. I wanted to meet John Stanton and buy new runners. The store was crowed, and everybody was pumped up and ready to run the inaugural run. It was already dark outside and disappointed that I could not join them in the run. John had noticed that I was in my running gear and not joining the group. He came up to me and asked why I am not running, so I explained to him that I was visually impaired and can not see in the dark. He said "that is not a problem, I can guide you" and off we went for a 5K run. During that run, I learned that he sat on the board of Achilles Canada and had guided some VI runners. I could not believe how lucky I was to have found support, and I found it in the right places.
It is because of these two people, I am living an active life and enjoying every minute of it! Thank you Chris for supporting me and believing in me that I can do it and thank you John for showing me how. KEEP ON KEEPING ON.
Since meeting Chris and John, there are so many others that help support me through all my endeavors.
Hello everyone, welcome to 'Running for Change'. I will talk about all kinds of things here: training, progress in the campaign, upcoming events, results and experiences of events, and issues we may have dealing with blindness. I hope to inspire others to lead an active life and we can discuss 'adaptions' to help us stay active. Please leave a comment or questions, I will do my best to answer them.