In 2012, I took up running. I loved it, and began collecting finisher medals and the sense of joy from running outdoors. In 2014, I became so ill that running was no longer possible, and I would watch longingly as other people ran by. In 2015, my health began to improve and I hoped far ahead to the day I could lace up my runners again. In 2016, my friend invited me to join her in the Donut Dash, and it was hard. I walked so much and mentally berated myself for what I had “lost”. I kept going, and slowly added 15 mins here and there of running. On Mother’s Day 2017, my mom presented me with a framed photo of me in a race that I had been particularly proud of years ago. And today, I ran my first 5K in years. There was walking thrown in, but for the most part, I was able to slowly jog along the Vancouver Seawall and cross the finish line, still running. I am so proud of myself! I am proud of this medal. And I am so very, very happy to be doing my sport again.
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