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    What’s your “big block”?

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    When I first started running, I used a run-walk program.  In week one, I would run for 1 minute, then walk for 2 minutes, and repeat for 20 minutes.  I would go about halfway around the block.

    shoes and block As the weeks went by and I gradually added more minutes of running and reduced the minutes walking, I would make it farther and farther around the block.  Then one day, I made it all the way around, and I wasn’t finished yet.

    Needing more distance, I started using a bigger block.  That became “the big block” and my original route was named “the little block”.  Predictably, eventually even the big block was too small.  I expanded farther, so I had the little block, the big block, and the bigger block; and then there was “the big block plus that road by the grocery store,” as well as “the bigger block plus that bit by the high school.”

    Now, I can go a long way using only those and their various combinations, and in some circumstances I have.  But I also now run routes that require street names and directions that are more specific than “clockwise” or “counter-clockwise.”

    That first day that I huffed and puffed halfway around the little block before walking the rest of the way, I never thought I would run around the big block; I certainly never realized I would need the bigger block.  In fact, if someone had told me back then that I would one day be running all the way around the outside of the town, and beyond, I would have called them crazy.  Yet here I am.

    From time to time it is amazing to look back at where you started, and reflect on how far you’ve come.

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!