Sonya.

Determined.

Inspirational.

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My love affair with running started almost 30 years ago at age 13, when I discovered that the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other, over and over, made my heart sing, gentled my mind, boosted my feeling of physical wellbeing.

So my body has a pleasant depth of wisdom and muscle memory, and I’m still building on it. After a competitive career in high school and college, and a bit of a break when I had my first two of four daughters, I’m again chasing personal bests in races from a half marathon on up.

And since moving to Edmonton and discovering the wild urban trails and amazing running community, it’s been like falling in love all over again.

Words I “groove” by

Running is my play time. I run because it makes me happy.

It’s my favourite way to start or end a day, to explore new places and meet new people. My current mantra for races and speedwork is “smooth and happy.” Some days, I can’t stop smiling.

Community

My running community is strong because there are so many people in so many interwoven groups. My close friends with a few exceptions are often people with whom I share miles and hours and laughs, week after week and year after year. Workout buddies become confidants, encouragers, and trusted friends.

Reasons I Love to Sweat

Running literally creates joy; I can feel it almost every time I lace up my shoes. There’s something purifying about sweat, exertion, fresh air, and the long happy sigh you get to breathe when it’s done. It’s gratitude, peace, joy, deep contentment, and exhilaration.

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