Train. Race. Friendship.

TORONTO March 2nd 2014. After watching runners in 2012 run passed her house during the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Digital Champion Alyssa Cheung told herself “I am going to run a marathon one day”. Little did she know that “one day” was going to be the following year. In 2013 Alyssa ran her first 10k at the Toronto Yonge Street 10K, her first half in May and finally a full marathon during STWM. It was one of the toughest yet most rewarding experiences in her life. With her first year as a “runner” in the books, Alyssa is training hard to break personal records and ultimately qualify for Boston in the coming year. Connect with Alyssa on Twitter @The_Real_Alyssa and on her blog.

Train. Race. Friendship. By Alyssa CheungTYS10K Alyssa Andrew

There is no doubt that the running community is special. We can all agree we are an odd breed of people, many of us choosing to run in negative 30 degree temperatures and call it FUN!

Through running I have made countless friendships with many inspiring and amazing athletes. Whenever I try explaining the running community to “non-running” friends (which there aren’t many of these days), they just don’t get it. So what do I do? I recruit those friends to become “running friends” as well!

One of my really close friends Andrew always told me, “one day I will run a race with you.” Well that “one day” is finally going to happen April 13th at the Toronto Yonge Street 10K!

Just 25 minutes into talking to my friend Andrew the other day, we had him signed up for his VERY FIRST RACE! The Toronto Yonge St. 10K is now the race I am most excited for this year.  Having the chance to share this race experience with a close friend means it is going to be very special.

Andrew is one of the nicest and most inspiring people I know and I am very grateful to call him my friend. When he sets out to do something, his determination and drive get him there, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will succeed on April 13th at TYS10K.

We have been keeping each other motivated thus far with training, updating each other on new milestones and setbacks. While this is Andrew’s first race, I know that it definitely won’t be his last. We all know what it’s like to be a new runner, so if you have any advice or encouragement for Andrew, please sent it his way via Twitter @cloudlocke. Tell him @The_Real_Alyssa sent you!

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One Response to Train. Race. Friendship.

  1. Go Andrew!!!! I’ve been following his training too and he IS totally inspiring.

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