Countdown #TYS10K. Christopher’s Reason to Run. What’s yours?

The Road to Toronto Yonge Street 10K. BLOG # 2, from Christopher Doyle.

Just 3 weeks to go now to “10K-Day”, and Christopher asks “why are YOU doing it”? We hear LOTS of great reasons from you on your entry forms. “Health”, “Fitness and personal goals”, “Exercise & fun”, “Challenge myself,” “Challenge with my co-workers”, “Beating people with waterbelts”,  ”Girlfriend made me do it,” “I LOVE running!” “Lose baby weight,” “I lost 220 pounds,” “Kirstie Alley is chasing me,” “I want to meet Reid Coolsaet,” “Stay active & be a role model for my kids,” “Stay young and kick ass,” “My first 10k,” “Awesome experience, sense of accomplishment,” “This race rocks,” and “why not?” are just a few of the “reasons to run” we have from you this year.

As well, there are a bunch of you who are participating for an additional reason — the run for a cause, for the sake of someoneone or something else: “My dad’s friend with cancer,” and “For my father and everyone fighting cancer.” As you’ll read in Christopher’s Blog below, this is one of the things that moves him.

This year we have 12 different Official Charities in our TYS10K Charity Challenge, hosted by the Canada Running Series Foundation  — including the Canadian Cancer Society. There are a wide range of choices, to give YOU a choice. Please take a moment to check them out, and consider going the distance for one of them on April 21st. And don’t miss the section on the BEST DRESSED Contestwhere you can win additional funds for your charity of choice! Got your costume sorted yet, to strut your stuff down Canada’s most-famous street? (guaranteed to get you in the Photo Gallery!).   

There are many reasons to run…what’s yours?

By Christopher Doyle

There are many reasons to run.

I started taking it up seriously again last year because of my late Mom, Margaret.

One day into her retirement at 59 years of age, she found out she had cancer. She died only four months later, on Christmas Day.

Mom was a very caring, loving, smart and funny person.

She faced her prognosis with a lot of courage. Never once did I hear her complain, and in fact each week when I went to visit her when she was sick, she’d let out a big cheer and give me a big hug.

On one visit she told me, “I’m grateful for everyday God gives me.”

Upon being confined to her bedroom upstairs in her last days, she remained positive, telling me she loved the light of her big windows, marveling at the nature she could see outside.

As anyone who’s lost someone close to them can attest, the days after the funeral — when all the friends and family have left– are very difficult. You are now living in a new reality.

That’s when I received some great advice. There are many benefits to exercise, and one of them is that it’s a great defender against any amount of grief you may be feeling. Writing is also a great outlet, so I figured what better way to remember my Mom than to try and run in her memory, and keep a journal about it along the way.

Often, usually during long runs that are going really well, I think about whether or not I’d even be on the road running at 6 am if my Mom hadn’t passed away. The sad truth is, probably not.

As I learned running my first 10K and half marathon races last year, if you don’t put in the miles in training it’s impossible to get the results you want. As any runner knows, that takes a lot of dedication. Especially training in the winter months for the Toronto Yonge Street 10K and the wintery, slushy weather we’ve had to endure leading up to the April race.

The good news is, running is addictive. One run feeds on another and soon you want to get out and run every single day. That’s the beauty of it. Half the battle is just getting out of bed.

There are many reasons to run. The health benefits are undeniable. The sense of accomplishment, dedication, discipline, social aspect and fun are others, as well.

Why do you run? And if you don’t, perhaps there’s a good reason to start?

Most races, including the Toronto Yonge Street 10K, have great programs where you can link up and run to raise money for worthwhile causes, and people.

Every time I run a race, I know I’ve got someone looking down on me and cheering me on, no matter what.

Christopher Doyle is a digital champion for #TYS10K, follow him @chrisdoyle

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