As a Public Health Informatician, my mind is very active gathering and analyzing data for the Public Health Laboratory with Eastern Health.
I have also been keeping my body active, training for this year’s 88th Annual Tely 10 Mile Road Race.
I have been doing treadmill runs at lunch and trail runs at home. Running has made me more relaxed. Just moving is therapeutic, even if it is only for 20 minutes at lunch!
To help motivate me, I have participated in many races. My mother, who was ill all winter, and I completed the Centennial Cup 5km & 10km Road Race in Grand Falls-Windsor, June 21, 2015. I also completed the 5km Canada Day Run for Team Broken Earth in St. John’s, July 1, 2015.
Lately, I have been meeting up with my friend and been running around the lake at Quidi Vidi. We even did the Squidfest 8km in the town of Holyrood, July 18, 2015 (and got awesome squid hats for finishing).
In a glorious cloud of black smoke, I even burnt out the motor in my treadmill at home. Never did I think I could do that!
My summer vacation was a trip to Just for Laughs in Montreal which meant that I would be gone from Tuesday to Friday and back in time for the Tely 10 on Sunday, July 26, 2015, until St. John’s airport became a big black hole for getting in and out last week. Our flights were cancelled three times before being changed from Thursday to Sunday, meaning I would miss the Tely 10. I was heartbroken. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I knew I could!
So on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, I laced up my shoes, put on my Eastern Health arm band and had my husband drop me 10 miles from our house. I ran from Holyrood to Kelligrews and survived. It was really hilly and rainy and drizzly – but I did it!
I didn’t complete the Tely 10 but did complete the “Laura 10” instead! I am very proud and look forward to continuing my running. I am feeling better than ever! You can be happy and healthy at any size.
My next goal is to do the half marathon in September…fingers crossed! ■
This story was written by Laura Gilbert, a Public Health Informatician with Eastern Health.