Hi RLAG Community! My name is Lucy and I live in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada. I am absolutely honoured to be here amongst some pretty bad ass ladies (and men)! My passions include running, travelling, eating, scuba diving and cats. I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, am married to my amazing husband Tyson, and have two cats-Sushi and Taco. I have been lucky enough to travel around the world and have done some crazy things…from sky diving to scuba diving with sharks!
My running journey began about 4 years ago. Before that I frequented the gym often but never really stuck to anything. I commuted 2-3 hours a day, didn’t enjoy what I did, and was just going through the motions of life. I was stressed, depressed and developing unhealthy habits and didn’t even notice how bad I was crashing.
My eye-opening moment was when my family received a call that we had lost someone to suicide. Within a year we lost another to suicide, one of my coworkers lost her fiancé, and friends were losing friends. Although I was personally not suicidal, I had a sad understanding of why someone might feel that way. It was in that moment that I decided I needed to make changes in my life. Diplomas and money are worth nothing if you are unhealthy and unhappy.
I started running because I thought it was the cheapest/easiest option (BTW running is now my biggest expense). I was so nervous to go out on my first run and for some reason felt very scared of being judged. I had visions of people laughing and pointing at me as I went by-I am not sure why. It took me a few weeks to build up the courage but I eventually laced up my shoes and went.
I don’t even think I made it around the block and felt like I was going to die.
But I went again. And again. And slowly made it around the block a couple of times!
I joined a local run group and ran with some awesome people. Some were training for a half marathon. I thought they were insane. I just wanted to complete a 5km and had no desire to go further. I think it took about 6 months before I actually found myself looking forward to going. And then I was hooked. 5km became 10km and I still thought those half marathoners were crazy. But soon enough I was signed up for my first half and 30 km races… and I was now that crazy person to my friends.
Running makes me feel strong and the people I am surrounded by push me to not only become a stronger runner, but a stronger person.
I eventually quit the job I didn’t like and pursued my new passion for health and wellness and became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer. The journey was hard, with a lot of ups, downs, and self-doubt…but not enjoying life would have been much harder.
Many people told me that “That’s life” or “you just have to suck it up-we all deal with that”. I refused to accept that. That was not the life I wanted and I was determined to change it. I would rather live a simple life full of adventures and love than security and money. I value experiences over things and believe that travel is essential to the soul.
So, what is next for me in 2018? To date, the furthest I have run is about 32 km. I do not win races nor even come close and don’t have plans to. I really just want to push my limits and proof to myself that I am stronger than I think. Although I would like to run a marathon, there is something about it that scares me. I do however have this strong desire to complete a 50km race so maybe I’ll just skip the marathon and make the leap. I will be running the Adventure Race of the Coastal Challenge in February with RLAG. I absolutely can’t wait but am also absolutely terrified. I am also feeling drawn to complete a half ironman so will need to work on my swimming this winter! I am excited to sit down and plan out an amazing year and hopefully I will get to meet many of you!
From one girl who never thought she could do it: Be a risk taker, rule breaker, dream chaser! It is totally worth it!