I started running exactly two years ago to the day. When I started, I couldn’t run even one minute straight. The young fellow from MEC who coached me patiently through my first ten weeks to a 5km without any walking breaks, I later learned was an ultra-marathon runner. And yet, he made me feel like a rock star with every minuscule milestone I reached. And when I finished those first ten weeks, he gave me one last instruction: Continue running – do not stop here.

I am now six weeks away from my first half-marathon.

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